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  1. Read the article you posted back in October 2015 about making the decision to pursue the surgical residency with the most difficult name to spell (Otolaryngology), and I was just wondering if you got it? Thank you so much, and cheers from a pre-med student from California who’s very passionate about ENT.

  2. Hi Lauren. I am interested in applying to OHSU and have a few questions. I’m reaching out to you as I am a lab owner as well! Please email me if you get a moment. I would appreciate your guidance!

    Sonja Ray

  3. Man, you’re good. Thanks for sharing!

  4. You have such a beautiful way of describing emotions and personal growth with what could otherwise be mere words. Great essay on the journey!

  5. Nice write-up there. Kudos!!

  6. Yay! Congrats Anthony!

    So happy to see you leap from the depths of Cal Poly’s library, through PA school, to that slightly longer white coat!

    28 y/o success and wonderful human!

    Buena suerte!

  7. Good luck…it’s a tough job market in Oregon!! I know exactly where you live in the Bay Area!! Having a sense of humor will get you far in life.

  8. Inspiring, thank you!

  9. Beautifully said!

  10. Such a great writer! I have enjoyed every one of your postings and hope you continue to use your talents as a writer into your new career as a Physician Assistant. Can’t wait to see your trajectory! Congratulations, Anthony – and well done.

  11. Superb! Congratulations, Anthony! You are going to be an awesome physician assistant.

  12. I think the USA has been conditioned to believe that alternative medicines are “less than” when this could not be further than the truth. A holistic approach can save lives and improve quality of living as well. When we listen to our patients and act as partners with them and their families, everyone wins. Thank you for sharing such a great experience!

  13. I am so happy to hear about educational initiatives. Patient education is the best way for individuals and family members to advocate for themselves and make the right decisions for their health. How exciting to be invited to the White House!

  14. I am from India and Thailand is just a few hours flight away from here but I never got a chance to fly to Thailand. I have heard a lot about it from my friends and colleagues.

    I hope I will visit their one day. Thanks Bono for sharing your experience with us

  15. Hi Joseph! I am also from Las Cruces, NM. May I email you as well?

  16. Roheet,
    Just as medical knowledge is always advancing and we strive to teach you the skills of lifelong learning, the practice of medicine and what it means to be part of a medical team is also in constant evolution. It is wonderful to hear that your OHSU education helped prepare you to think about how partner with your patients, meet them where they are at, and focus on defining shared goals. It is even more exciting to see that you (and many of your peers) are already stepping into leadership roles that will help define the state of healthcare for your generation.

  17. Thailand is too good. Its beyond imagination. Thank you so much Norma for sharing such awesome pics. I appreciate your great effort.

  18. Norma, again you demonstrate how to extract even more wealth of knowledge from an experience. I have such faith in your decisions. You are a very wise woman.

  19. Norma I love that you came away with a (potentially) unexpected gift: the exposure to Thailand’s alternative medicines. So super cool! I love that you’re open to them, too. Seems like it will make you a better nurse!

  20. Norma, you are amazing!!! I miss our Thai family! Great reflection!

  21. Nice reflection Norma! For other readers I also was part of the Thailand cohort. This was such a great part of the experience. Thank you for sharing this perspective, I loved it.

  22. What an artfully written reflection of your Thailand experience! Thank you for sharing your adventure and the cultural beauty you found while there.

  23. Thank you for sharing your personal encounter with this near-death experience. That must have been incredibly frightening! I think it is so humbling and sobering to realize how fragile life is. As nursing students I know we value what we are learning academically, but sometimes it is our life experience that shapes us toward becoming the best nurses. We have the opportunity to let our past, our hurts and our experiences mold us into empathetic, compassionate people who value life and care deeply for others around us. It sounds like you are doing just that!

  24. Thanks a lot !

  25. Hello Britta,

    I would like to know what force helped you chose a Humanities major to prepare for medical school? And what additional steps you took to prepare for med school?

    Thank you for your time,
    Mayra

  26. Hello Ally,

    I would like to which steps you took to prepare for medical school (including part-time employment, volunteer work etc)? And how you chose which medical school to attend?

    Thank you for your time,
    Mayra

  27. Keep your head up! Reach out for help from those you are close to. You are in the darkest hours, you will get through them, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

  28. I’m a dental student at OHSU nearing the end of my first year. I have six children and I am a single mother, granted, some of my children are old enough to take care of themselves, but I still have three younger ones at home and the guilt at leaving them every day for most of the day, only seeing them for an hour a day weighs on me. It was so good to see your post and to know there are others out there going through the same thing!

  29. I had to leave a sick child at home today. It felt unnatural and sad. But Daddy is home with him; still hard to go… I know how you feel.

  30. Megan Thruston is awesome. So is Elsie. The two have brought more humor to more people in tough times than all of the rest of us together.

  31. Grandma Steinhardt RULES!

  32. You’re doing great! Being a parent is HARD no matter what your vocation but especially when it comes with all the pitfalls of being in the 24h field of healthcare. Keep up the good work, momma.

  33. Great post! I’ve also expanded my reading to medical nonfiction and have heard that Atul Gawande is amazing. Thanks for a couple of other names to add to my list.

    I liked your conclusion, too:
    “And so I am constantly reminding myself (especially recently), that although death is inevitable, as health care practitioners, we are assuming this responsibility to care.”

    Nice work.

  34. Thank you for posting this, Alice! I was watching from the sidelines at the event. Even though I could not hear too much of the individual conversations the animation of each of the groups was clearly visible. It is great to have this “fly-on-the-wall” insight as to what you were discussing! Hope the advice proves to be valuable as you move ahead.

  35. Know the feeling. Just keep making her a part of the process. You both will thrive and have an unbelievable bond forever!

  36. As hard as we try, being a parent ( especially in med school) tugs at your heart strings no matter what you do. Crying is a good choice, then starting again.

  37. Hugely important conversation. Hope you write a follow-up on the feedback discussion!

  38. An awesome journey ahead! Thank you for sharing and best of luck to you!

  39. Karli & I have a few things in common although we are years apart in age. I, too, am an RN specializing in maternal child health (LCCE), & my husband is a psychiatrist. We met in school on the medical school campus of Northwestern University, & both of us are from big cities.

    Who knew we’d end up in rural Roseburg, OR!
    It’s been such a great place to have raised our children and now to have some of our grandchildren (& their parents) return!

    My husband has had the pleasure of precepting medical students in psychiatry at CHI Mercy Health (formerly MMC) which has been a real joy to him. In fact, one of them had to finish an interrupted psych rotation (due to a family emergency). He hated his earlier psych experience but had to finish in Roseburg.

    Imagine our surprise when he decided to change his mind about surgery and do a psych residency. He finished & returned to Roseburg (which was his home town).

    Country life isn’t that far from the glitz everyone claims to miss, but its richness for family life cannnot be denied. In addition, many patients are waiting!

  40. Andy was one of the most awesome students I have precepted. He fit right in here and I loved meeting his family. He really should consider Family Med vs Surgery!!!

  41. So glad you enjoyed your rotation experience in Heppner! I like to say “we have re-invented rural”, our small CAH is considered “Frontier”. It is always great to have students come through.

  42. Kelsey-Jo…..welcome to the club! :) Your writing was an engaging and honest response to one of the big healthcare system issues of our time. If we, as nurses, can find out courage – and take a deep breath – we can be a part of those who are seeking positive change. Florence would be proud of us.

  43. Thanks for sharing your inspiring perspective Kelsey-Jo. I really appreciate your reference to the importance of the professional nurse role in leading change!

  44. It appears the residency interview dance hasn’t changed too much in the last 15 years since I found out where I matched. Nice thoughtful post. Congrats on where ever you go for your match!

    And it is true that the mark of a great post is that Grandma leaves a comment.

  45. I’d like to second Grandma Steinhart’s assessment–excellent piece, this blog entry in particular really captures the process.

  46. What a great post, Karli. I’m glad you enjoyed my home town (and more importantly my home town pizza) as much as I do!
    -Emily MS1

  47. When you put a couple of blogs together you will have a great book. I loved this one. Love Grandma

  48. Kelsey-Jo, I am overwhelmed by your response to our presentation. We are passionate about our mission to bring universal, publicly funded healthcare to Oregon, and we are counting on young people like yourself to bring our campaign to your colleagues, your patients, and your friends and family. Your response and your commitment to be an advocate and a warrior for the voiceless tells us that we must be doing something right. Thank you so much!

  49. Thank you, K-Jo. This was a beautiful read. I forwarded this to Nurses for Single Payer. I hope they get to be at the OSNA convention next year as well.

  50. Raj & MESAA, it was truly my pleasure to witness the unfolding of the flash mob from your very first questions about practicality to witnessing your performance take over the atrium. Watching the video today again brought new life and energy into the CLSB – this time my office on the 5th floor.

    I share your frustration about the occasional administrative challenges of working in such a large institution and hope that having gone through this you could provide me with ways the UME Office of Student Affairs might be able to help. I continue to be impressed by not only your performance but the behind the scenes work you did to stage this event in a shared public space of a brand new building. This event was groundbreaking in many ways and you all brought wellness and diversity front and center to the entire CLSB community – Thank You! You are right to call out that you are the pioneers of the CLSB and I hope that we can work together to cultivate this collaborative space into a place where all students feel safe to embrace differences and celebrate similarities.

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