Happy Sunday! Calling on all #womeninmedicine today to help me out. I got married (YAY!) but now, what do I do with my last name? 😅Do I change it to his, hyphenate or keep it? I can’t suddenly be “Dr. So and So”, can I? I’d love to hear your experiences with changing your name. Why did you choose the name you did? Was it a tough transition (if you changed it)?
At the moment, I’m leaning towards changing my last name officially but then keeping my professional name as is. But that just feels... difficult.
What do you guys think?
Happy weekend ✌🏼
Studying for medical school finals really causes me to question why I'm constantly doing this to myself. I'm drained, anxious, scared and just a hot mess. But then I realize that I wouldn't want to do anything else with my life other than help others heal NATURALLY. That means not giving them a quick Rx to heal their symptoms, but giving them the necessary tools to let their body heal itself. Every body has the ability to heal itself once you give it the right environment to do so. This means having a good nutritional diet, practicing good mental health and clarity, exercising, eliminating toxins & enviromental chemicals, and doing things that complete you as a person rather that be hiking or reading, etc. No disease can outgrow someone who constantly heals their body. Ailments, cancers, and diseases such as diabetes are just now becoming an epidemic because of what we are doing to our bodies. Let's start healing ourselves and I'm doing that by studying naturopathic medicine so that one day I can heal others the way I would want to be healed.
Preparing a presentation about Hypoplastic left heart. ❤️ it is characterized by a left ventricle that is incapable of supporting the systemic circulation. There are 2-3 cases per 10,000 live births and this past week we delivered 3 babies who have this heart condition. The surgical intervention is done in three parts over the the first two year of the babies life. The surgeries ultimately have the right ventricle pump blood to the systemic circulation while the lungs receive blood passively.
Spent my St. Patrick’s Day volunteering at the ADA Tour de Cure!! Diabetes is probably one of my favorite disease states so far.... is it weird to have a favorite disease state? Idk 😂🤷🏼♀️ I’ve shared before my passion for the health and fitness industry and I think this is where my interest and attraction for Diabetes stems from. Hope you all had a great St. Patty’s Day 🍀😊☘️🤗💕
I love all things global, especially travel and global health.
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to do some global medical work and volunteering in Ecuador.
By working with a group called Shoulder to Shoulder through the @universityofky , I traveled to urban and rural areas of Ecuador.
In working with the wonderful people in rural Ecuador, I volunteered during three different times of my life and this had different skill sets and interests: during graduate school, medical school and residency. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The trips were always incredible — they taught me medical skills, I improved my Spanish, I was humbled tremendously, met incredible friends and mentors, and I learned so much about myself also.
I haven’t been back since, but I’m feeling sand in my shoes! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Have you worked internationally?! Where did you go? What did you learn?! And where are you headed next? ✈️ .
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I definitely lucked out with this one 🍀😊
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Saturday’s are for longboarding through the park with my bae 🏄🏼♀️☀️🤙🏼
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Golden weekend ⭐️
Congrats to everyone who matched at #UCSF! ❤️ Welcome to San Francisco! 🌉There’s so much to do and eat in this city. 🍽 Maybe I’ll see you around the operating room or the ICU. 🙂 P.S. Don’t forget to bring a jacket! 😛🧥
“It ain’t easy being green!” Or is it when you’re rocking #luxglasses Happy St Patty’s Day!!!
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I was scrolling through my personal IG and found my graduation picture 😄
I was smiling from ear to ear because it was the proudest moment of my life. •
I overcame many challenges and barriers during my undergrad. I really learned a lot about myself too.
What’s your proudest moment?
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"If there is no struggle, there is no progress." Phase 3 Total Body Core was KILLER today especially 3 hours after eating at the Indian buffet 😂
I love this move though! I thought they'd be painless and easy because we used the yellow bands which are the lightest but boy was I wrong! Why did I ever doubt Autumn? 🍀 Happy St. Paddy's Day!! 🍀
Just wrapped up day 1 of the ADEA Annual Session 2018: Vision 2030. I had the unique opportunity to learn, educate, & network within the dental education community today. The future of dental education is limitless. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the next few days #ADEA2018#GoDental18#Vision2030
Create a life you DON’T need a vacation from.
I’m starting to do a really awesome job 💕💕 Awesome day with GREAT😊 people.
Back to the hospital tomorrow with no regrets.
How is your weekend?
Do you make the most of every single day?😳😳
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Night 3/5 in the Peds ER tonight. Tired but trying not to show it! No number of filters can hide my skin which is wrecked from night float or the bags under my eyes. Hoping this leprechaun badge reel will help keep the kiddos away! How many drunken teenagers do you think will end up in the ER tonight?
of course no matter where I go you can probably find me at some library with some views (peep the golden gate)🤣. but on the real—this one was a little special bc today i was able to hear stories + tips from the UCSF admissions faculty and current medical students. i found myself in tears as i was driving home because my journey to med school hasn’t been what i thought it was going to be. all i could do was cry, because i knew that no matter what, i will get there. i want to learn from people like them. i want to be just like them. i will get into med school. and i know it won’t be easy. hasn’t been easy. these past few years have been so rough/rocky/insane to say the least. but i’ve grown into the person i am today and i wouldn’t change that for the world. the struggles i am facing now will be stories for me to tell future students that they can get through it too. if you’re feeling any doubt in your abilities right now, just breathe. i believe in you. you can do it and you will achieve your dreams.
Tomorrow I will finally start to record some videos in order to start over my YouTube-channel and create what I myself love to watch. As I mentioned earlier it will be focused on studying, minimalism and perhaps a bit of self-development and like how to make the most out of your life? That at least what I am thinking about right now. .
So my big question for you is: WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE? 🌻
📍Bunaken Island ➡️Tomohon, Indonesia highlights w/ my pea-pod @lcdedeck: Hiking volcanos, living out mermaid dreams, night time motor-biking through the jungle, eating to late-term food baby status, sun-burning on deck w/ the funny Fani, chasing sunsets (oh & can't forget Hello Kitty & mikrolets)
Throwback to my first match day. This was match day in 2008 when I matched into Emergency Medicine at UT Southwestern.
I was so excited to match at my number 1 choice and move to Dallas for the next step in my career. But, those of you who have followed me for a while know that I switched from EM to OB/GYN after my intern year. Realizing I was unhappy and making the decision to leave a field that I was excelling in (but just not satisfied in) was such a tough decision. I was miserable. I agonized over it. I had no idea what to do. I felt like a failure. How could I work so hard and not be happy? Did I even want to be a doctor? Should I do something different completely?
After much soul searching, reaching out and finding mentors, and introspection - I knew I had to make a change. The longevity for me in EM was not there. I was not getting what I needed from medicine. The truth is, I needed a relationships with my patients; I needed to have continuity of care. So I decided to switch fields, reapplied and changed into OB/GYN. Later completed my fellowship in REI and now love what I do every day. ❤️
Change was the right thing for me.
It was hard.
It took time.
People told me I was crazy.
It was ok.
Maybe it was a failure, not realizing what I really wanted out of medicine. But mistakes can happen, we can learn from them, failure only pushes you forward. So to those of you matching today - congrats! To those of you who didn’t match or didn’t match to your top program or field - it will be ok. And to those of you who change your path later on - know that I’ve been there and I’m cheering you on from the sidelines. 💛
If you want to hear more about REI, I’m honored to have paired with Ryan @medicalschoolhq for a podcast on speciality stories about my field and what I do.
Happy Match Day! 🍀🍀🍀
First update of the trip so far. I can definitely say after completing day 3 of volunteering in the clinic I’ve seen how different the healthcare system works down here, and how healthcare staff make the most of what they have. Their level of sanitization and their process of doing so is what’s been the biggest eye openers. Can’t wait to see what else this experience has in store 💉❤️
Throwing it back to #MatchDay. 🍀 I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I found out where I’d be doing my Family Medicine residency training! Such an exciting time - good luck to all the medical students out there who are matching today, I’ll be thinking of you at 12pm. 🙏🏻 Enjoy this day and congrats on the beginning of the next step in your careers! 👏🏼
Working in the ER never gives me an opportunity to dress in business attire so I LOVE any opportunity to throw on heels 😍 (p.s. I love my Edelmans)
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This is a picture of my parents and me on #MatchDay back in 2014. Smiling faces, #California ☀️, Camp #Stanford. What it doesn’t show are the horrendous few days I had leading up to it.
The Monday of my match week we received an email that the NRMP was “hacked” and that match results were leaked early. This was only partially true. Basically computer savvy folk figured out you could find your match result by looking in the site’s source code. I only found out about this from an NRMP email telling us the glitch was fixed.
Being a wannabe journalist I decided to chronicle the whole event on teawithmd.com. I even went back and took screenshots of the original instructions teaching people how to find their results. Many many people commented on this post, including one person who signed it as the executive director of the NRMP. All the comments were published. Fast forward to Wednesday when I receive an enraged email from the actual director of the NRMP. She was not happy (that’s putting it lightly) with the post or the comment that trolled her office. She proceeded to have several “conversations” with me on the phone, though to call them conversations would have required two way talking. This ultimately ended in a LOT of mean things being said to me, attacking my character and competency, and including a threat on my match.
Needless to say, I, already stressed from match week, totally fell apart. For the rest of the story I want you to click the link in profile to see how it all went down, not because I’m trying to use clickbait, but because I wrote a really heartfelt message to all of you matching this week in this blogpost. I really hope that you can read it and internalize it, because these are the words I wanted to hear during my match week. I hope that you will find some comfort in this! Good luck - I am cheering you on 👍🏻