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  1. Joseph, I very much agree that, “patient counseling is a skill just as valuable as a lumbar puncture.” Thanks for sharing your perspective!

  2. It sounds like you landed in exactly the right place!

  3. Come and Get Your Love certainly SHOULD BE the song of the summer. It is in my world. Glad to know it is in yours too. And keep up that ALS research!

  4. Haha, #8. It’s all so true though :)

  5. Hey, that’s my hometown! Glad to hear you had a good experience jumping into peds work there.

  6. I would love to Julie! Thanks so much for your comment! Palau is such a special place! Unlike anywhere else I have been! And such a rich rich public health (and nursing research!) experience I am having! I would also love to hear about your experience!
    Thanks Julie!

  7. I visited Palau about 20 years ago as a keynote speaker at a Pan American Pacific Islands Nursing conference. Your post brought back warm memories of the people and the beauty of Palau (and the heat!). I learned and received ever so much more than I gave. I’m so glad that you are having this experience as part of your OHSU MPH!! I’d love to visit with you when you return to Portland.
    Thank you so much for sharing this post!
    Julie (faculty in the School of Nursing)

  8. Wonderful reflections Kirsten. Thank you so much for sharing. It is always so nice to hear about our student’s experiences.

  9. Thanks for sharing your experience, Kirsten! As an administrator in the PA program, I love hearing about our student’s day-to-day experiences and getting some insight into your world. Good luck with Ortho.

  10. @ Annika: Yeah, it definitely bums me out to either have an exhausting bike commute or a long dreary Trimet commute at beginning and end of each day! Let’s just say I am sometimes secretly glad when I get sick and need to see student health…because I get delicious free parking. Is it just me that feels that way?

    @Lorie: Thank you for the support Lorie! You always have our grad student backs, too!

  11. Kelly, you are a great writer — witty and spot-on!The GSO has done some awesome things this last year for students; so glad you choose to be involved :-) Thanks for this glimpse into the life of a grad student at OHSU

  12. Nice post, Kelly! I also feel quite grateful to be here, in spite of the parking situation.

  13. Thanks Jackie! Sometimes it does seem like my degree is a million years away, but I do feel like I am getting my Ph.D. at a really good institution. I think I’ve realized that I need to try to focus on the journey and not the destination, and get involved with my campus and community whenever possible to feel like life is more than getting a doctorate.

  14. Great post Kelly! As a former graduate student, I can appreciate the ups and downs of the whole experience – it is difficult to appreciate some of the amazing experiences, opportunities and benefits of being a graduate student when you are focused on the 894th failed experiment that week… but I can tell you from first hand that the experience is well worth it and will be something that you look back on with pride and a true sense of accomplishment. The benefits you have outlined along with work from motivated students like yourself will continue to make OHSU a great place. Stay strong, and try to let the “When are yo gonna graduate” questions roll of your back!

  15. Hi Jessica! Congrats on deciding on PA school–it’s a wild ride, but you’ll love it. I’m happy to send some info your way; shoot me an email at


  16. Hey Kristen,
    As a fellow Wisconsinite, snowboarder, and mountain biker applying to OHSU can you provide me with any advice on applying to the PA program? I am putting the finishing touches on my application for the program beginning in 2015. I currently work in sports medicine in Appleton, WI as an athletic trainer so we have some very similar interests! I have yet to visit Oregon but I have been to Washington and love the Pacific Northwest!

  17. Truly inspiring, Roheet. I am not a classmate, just a mere visitor on the website. Thanks.

  18. Nice Job, Roheet. We are so proud to call you our friend and classmate.

  19. A thing like an “own scientific story” sounds good on paper (and I am sure, Lichtman means it and would be the mentor to see to it his students get all the support they need to make it a reality), however, as Max Planck remarked, scientific theories gain credence less by persuading the incumbents but when these begin to die out. At age 23 he played table tennis once with some fellow students and looked at his watch startled, saying “Oh I have to go to this lecture”. His fellow students said “C’mon, skip the lecture, this is a beautiful day”. To which he replied: “You can skip a lecture, but I can’t – I am HOLDING it”. When he discovered osmosis and held a demonstration about it an elder faculty member said: “You’re telling me, young man, there are three thousand atmospheres of pressure in that test tube – then why doesn’t explode – that must be rubbish”. Obviously Planck wasn’t fazed. However, it takes a lot of courage to stand up against elder incumbents in a scientific community (plus, as always, one might really just be wrong and have goofed the results, does happen at any level of seniority) and few professors, to my knowledge, truly encourage this maverick style Lichtman advocates.

  20. #7 & 8 … also love the speech at the end. Nice touch!

  21. You are an amazing young woman and the world is a more fortunate place because of the “Jenna spirit” that embodies healing and love.

  22. Thanks! :)

  23. You should send this into the NSNA for their back to school edition of IMPRINT! Very good!

  24. we need to work on #3

  25. Humor always helps! Thank you for the chuckle.

  26. So true! 6 is fabulous… Good luck, you WILL graduate (I am living proof that it happens, AND you can get a great job!), and then you can take an exotic vacation! Stay strong in science.

  27. Great post. You are a gifted writer! – Kathleen

  28. Gorgeous, lovely, heartfelt. Thank you for posting!

  29. I completely agree that RW hasn’t felt as exciting as it should have – granted, I’m a third year graduate student and have hit the grad school science “slump” so perhaps my opinions are unnecessarily skewed. Despite my own sense of apathy for science and life, this year’s RW had some great moments – the networking night, for instance, was a huge hit on campus and really got students thinking about their future careers. I think similar events would really encourage more faculty/alumni to get involved and jumpstart students’ hope for their futures post-grad school!

  30. I am only a freshmen at Portland State University but I stumbled upon this blog post, I think research week should be celebrated. We too are doing three minute thesis presentations, they are very exciting!

  31. Nicely done Pooja!

  32. Hello Roheet,
    It is not an easy task to be the bearer of bad news but it seems clear to me while reading this, you will be very sincere and bear it as “right” as possible.
    It is nice to hear from medical students, the “intellectual armor” can indeed be penetrated with sorrow and compassion as doctors can sometimes be detected as callous.

  33. Beautifully written Pooja! :) You are going to change the world of advanced practice nursing for the better.

  34. Good for you, Andrea. I have lived in Baker City and know the desperate need for general physicians. I am 72 and do not have a doctor. They retire or leave here. St. Al’s took over the hospital and clinic. St. Luke’s took over the other clinic. The hospital is hostile to the St. Luke’s. Only one St. Luke’s doctor can see patients. You most likely will not get to see your own doctor if admitted, just the one allowed in for the assigned period of time. So so sad.

  35. I love reading your blog Carla. Thanks for sharing!

  36. You are so inspirational to all of us fighting through this journey. Thank you for reminding me of all the good we could do for people who need it most.

  37. I loved reading this, Andrea. Your innate wisdom and conscious compassion are things we can not teach. You are going to be an amazing PA! We at OHSU (and soon society at large) are lucky to have you!

  38. Wonderful commentary on your motivation towards your chosen profession, the unique role PAs can play in addressing the current health care challenges in our country and your obvious passion to contribute to the care of the medically underserved. You make us proud.

  39. Thanks for sharing, Andrea! It’s always so interesting to learn about our student passions.

  40. Very well-written, Andrea. You are already making a difference. Your passion and commitment to improving the lives of others is an inspiration.

  41. Thanks for sharing your story, Andrea! Proud to be in such good company in the PA program. :)

  42. Thank you Roheet, but I did not break you. In fact, you survived, thrived, learned a lot about biochemistry and yourself, and succeeded. You are powerful.


  43. Wow. Well put!

  44. Thank you :) It’s good to hear!

  45. You are not alone. I was recently hospitalized and got to experience healthcare lying down. I’ve been a physician for 30 years and I’m a grad of OHSU OB/Gyn residency. I had every resource available to me: insurance, friends in high places, a loving family at my side, and a private hospital and yet I still experienced many of the things that you describe. Too many doctors in the mix, no one communicating with each other or with me, and one frustration after another. Our healthcare system is in transition (I hope) and I’m so grateful for young physicians who can see a better delivery system. Remember how you feel now and don’t let med school or residency beat it out of you. You can always do better for your patients.
    Tracey I plan to post about my hospitalization this week. Be well

  46. Glad to see you back in the saddle again; thanks for the poem! Congrats Mom and Dad — you’ve raised a very talented young man!

  47. Jenna,

    There is a comfort and a joy in loving what you do that it does not feel like work. It does not mean that the challenges decrease or that there will be no conflicts or even contention in the workplace. It does mean that it is easier to get up to go to work, it is easier to look forward to the 8 or 10 or 12 or even 16 hours you will be there. It is easier for your family to support you in your chosen profession.

    I enjoy that feeling now. I have never regretted the change in career to nurse and I look forward to each day with enthusiasm and a smile. It is a wonderful feeling!

    Good luck on your journey!

  48. Thank you, readers, for the supportive comments. @thrallj: We appreciate you sharing your personal story. OHSU patients are encouraged to utilize the Patient Relations office if they need assistance or advocacy.

  49. Shanley, this could not have been said any better.
    To the class of Med14, it has been such a great experience to share these last few years with the greatest OHSU class ( yes I’m bias) and can’t wait to refer to you guys as my “colleagues from medschool”.

    -Nancy Nguyen

  50. What a moving story. It’s hard for everybody. I hope your family’s doing OK.



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