There are many ways to procrastinate writing secondary application essays, taking selfies in the library is just one.
(Others include: cleaning out the closet, cleaning out the fridge, redecorating the bathroom, running, reading all the books, running again, drinking beer at 3pm)
10 secondary applications submitted.. 13 more to go.
Last one, I promise. Magical vacation. This is what happy feels like - I’ve missed happy.
Gmail is getting a little too Big Brother lately.
Lay off, universe!
The following is an announcement re: The MCAT
My MCAT exam (for medical school admissions) is in seven days. Over the last year and a half I have survived a postbac premed program on the accelerated track, been dumped suddenly via email by the person I thought I might be with forever, and worked my butt off on exams and papers, only to be beaten down by the steep Ivy League curve..
It’s been a crazy several months, but I can say, without a single doubt, that studying for the MCAT is the most miserable thing I’ve ever done in my life. I don’t wish it upon any of my worst enemies. Taking standardized tests has always been a struggle for me (hi SAT and GRE, hate you guys), but the MCAT means SO MUCH for getting into medical school and the pressure is on.
For those who have taken the MCAT and survived, I applaud you and will now think of you as the highest of heroes and overcomers of adversity.
And now I will crawl back into my sad, sad hole and try to continuously remind myself that this is just the means to a very good end.
Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park
Calm and focus can be restored by spending even a little time in green spaces, away from the jangle of city living, a new study employing portable brain wave measuring technology suggests.
Today I supported this research by taking my study break on a walk in the park.
I just booked my tickets to the American Academy of Neurology Conference in San Diego. The last time I was there, I was working as Line Producer on a documentary about Comic Con. I was managing a 25 camera crew and directing wookies and storm troopers to their interviews.
This year I submitted an abstract on neuromuscular disease and it was accepted to the Child Neurology panel. I’ll be presenting a poster there in March, along with the co-authors who have been incredible mentors.
Times have certainly changed. I probably won’t see any wookies this year…
The NYTimes Chemophobia is Bad For You
Last week I posted this article about alternative treatment methods used to treat a boy with juvenile arthritis.
Slate.com, per usual, seems to be disagreeing just to be oppositional. This rebuttal focuses on only a fraction of the therapeutic treatments discussed in Meadows’ article and practically ignores the fact that the alternative treatment was an effective treatment. Francl barely addresses the fact that a diet change and use of probiotics may have contributed to the boy’s recovery. Is it SO inconceivable that there are alternatives which may be as effective as pharmaceuticals?
I like to pretend I’m Gale from Breaking Bad when writing in my Orgo Lab notebook. Keeps it interesting. #breakingbad #ochem #premed
Probiotics & Gluten Free Diet as Treatment for Arthritis
The Boy With a Thorn in His Joints
As a postbac premed student, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the kind of medicine I’d one day like to practice. Nutrition and Alternative Medicine are what originally drew me to make a change in my career path, but I’ve quickly realized the challenges faced by those interested in studying the less popular science of Integrative Medicine (a combination of conventional and alternative techniques).
Reading stories like this one, from the NYTimes, reminds me of where I’d like to focus my education. It should be no surprise that a change in diet may be more effective than drugs; after all, we literally are what we eat and what we put into our bodies directly affects our health. Hippocrates said it long ago: “Let food be thy medicine.” When did this sentiment become a thought of a past?
In this article, a 3 year old boy is diagnosed with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, and he’s prescribed a drug sometimes used for chemotherapy by a top NYC doctor (a doctor in the same hospital where I intern). The drug has some serious side effects and is not a cure - the boy would have needed to take the drug for the rest of his life. When the boy’s mom suggests alternative medicine and the possibility of treating him via a gluten/diary-free diet and with probiotics, the doctor scoffs. The mother is made to feel embarrassed.
I do not fault this doctor for prescribing a medication that she has likely seen work effectively in dozens of her patients. It does bother me though, that a doctor would not only not be open to alternative treatments, but that they are not even knowledgeable about these methods. Shouldn’t a doctor specializing in one specific category of disease be aware of both the pharmacological and natural treatment plans?
Unfortunately, it is the drug companies who rule our health care system, and grant money to study alternative methods is teeny tiny. I hope this will not be a deterrence for me or others interested in following an unpopular path in medicine, as an alternate route may become all the more necessary in this age of quick-fixes and little blue pills.
GPOYW: I was in the library less than 12 hours ago so I bought a coffee as large as my face edition.
Do we still do GPOYW on here?
I have a biology exam on bacterial sex tomorrow worth 25% of my grade.
I’m wearing a necklace that was a gift from my ex-boyfriend but I still like it so I’m wearing it anyway leave me alone world.
Life is weird right now.
This is the lens of a cow eye. If you look closely you can see it magnifies the text! #premed #science #biology (Taken with Instagram at Schermerhorn Hall - Columbia University)