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



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