Tanya Widmer

A Poem: “Needles and Pins”

My feet are numb from studying for hours endlessly. The pins and needles down there make it difficult to see exactly WHY I study into perpetuity. What makes me stay day after day? Preceptorship, for me. For four hours a week, somehow a brave doctor concedes to watching me attempt to tend his patients’ every need. Some patients are quite skeptical, I can’t help but agree- Thank goodness for this practice, or I’d never earn … Read More

Med students relax INTENSELY

Question: How do medical students at OHSU stay balanced? What do they do for fun? Medical students stay balanced by relaxing INTENSELY. The logic goes as follows: If one studies and trains intensely, then to stay truly balanced – that is, to counter the academic intensity – one must also take intense vacations and enjoy intense hobbies. On a recent three-day weekend, for instance, my classmates planned to relax by hiking to the summit of … Read More

Pre-med student FAQs about OHSU

Feel free to judge me. Most people do when I tell them I applied to thirty medical schools. I’m only kind of crazy; applying to this many schools is not unusual for California residents, but I admit that I may have gone overboard when it came time to choose a medical school. I literally made pro-con lists and flow charts to contrast schools, and to do so, I had to ask a lot of questions … Read More

StudentSpeak

StudentSpeak

Ever wondered what life is like as a student at OHSU? What does it take to become a researcher? Just how gross is gross anatomy? Welcome to the blog that answers these – and many other – questions. It’s students writing first-hand about their commitment to careers in science and health care. It’s honest about the challenges as well as the joys. It’s not always pretty. But it is our story. Thank you for sharing it with us. And please, let us know what you think.

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