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  1. 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!

  2. Thanks a lot !

  3. 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,

  4. 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,

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Grandma Steinhardt RULES!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

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

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

  17. 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!

  18. 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!!!

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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.

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

  24. 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

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. This is a hopeful insight to the health field and the future that has a potential to be very bright for all. Great to read about health professionals who are passionate about people.

  30. Good one – well put, all around!

  31. Karli: thanks for this great post! I grew up in a small town about the size of Heppner; the pizza takeout scenario sounds familiar and made me laugh.

  32. Despite the brief miscommunication between my daughter and son-in-law (thank goodness she found you roadside, Andy), sounds like a wonderful vacation to me (at least for my girls)!

  33. Hi Christopher!

    Excited to see your posts, as I just started my first year of PA school. Good info and tips. Hope all is well with you currently going into 2nd year!

    – Luke

  34. Hi Marisa!
    I’m interested in the PA Program and I was looking into the University of Portland to start my undergrad. Does UP have a good program to prepare me to get into a PA program? What was your experience like? Thank you!

  35. Thank you for sharing. It has warmed my heart to understand and know how respectful Team Ruthie was towards this very generous woman.

  36. Nicely said. I paused while reading your post as I recalled experiencing similar lessons learned as a member of Class One! This new found wisdom will serve you well in your PA future–recall these times frequently and use the lessons learned often.

  37. Such good advice, Marisa! I wish I had written a letter to the “Future Me” as I know my perspective changed tremendously from student to professional status – and not always for the better. this is a good reminder to stay true to yourself and the patient’s best care.

  38. Hi Adalie!

    I’m super stoked about my interview next week and cannot wait until I can be where you are.

    I know each student is different, but how much “free time” does the typical PA student have to “drink beer and laugh” with classmates or engage in other activities. I’m an avid runner and cyclist and part of what attracts me to attending school at OHSU is the countless scenic trails etc.

  39. Hi Joseph,

    Great post…reading it has made me want to attend OHSU even more. I am really inspired by the university’s commitment to serving rural/disadvantaged communities.

    I’m a prospective PA student and was wondering if you would be able to tell me about the selection process for the rural campuses. I recently applied for the SHOI scholarship-are selections based on recipients or are the two unrelated?

  40. Very insightful Marisa!

    I have an upcoming interview for the PA program at OHSU and wanted to ask you a few questions based on your post…

    How close/far are clinical rotations from the campus. Is a vehicle needed for most? Are the majority of rotations in rural/underserved communities or do many assignments occur within OHSU facilities?

    P.S. I work as a scribe at an urgent care clinic and we all got a kick out of the “struck by duck” Dx code. :-)


  41. Thank you all for the comments! I appreciate the feedback and accolades. But really, all the thanks should go to the providers to the providers who are out there in the community. There are a lot of caring people out in Coos Bay and other communities and they definitely made us feel welcomed and appreciated. A note for Tami: I didn’t see any pediatric patients as my rotation was in internal medicine but Dr. McKelvey or Dr. Deleon would be good resources from North Bend Medical Center to talk to about pediatric rural health. All the best, ~Joseph

  42. I would love to hear about any of your experiences with pediatric patients, if any, and also any strengths or assets you noted in the community.

  43. Joseph – your eloquent description of your experiences with the rural community and interprofessional teams moved me. You are a wonderful ambassador for meeting patients where they are, and recognizing that while we can’t “fix” everything, we can do our best to make things better. Thanks for sharing this!

  44. Thank you for an honest reflection of your experience and thank you for caring for our rural communities.

  45. What a wonderful post! Thank you for your work and contribution to our community.

  46. What an wonderful story! I am new to OHSU, and when I hear a story such as this, it fills me with such gratefulness to be part of an organization that is doing such amazing things to reach those that are in need. Thank you for sharing your experience Joseph, and I wish you continued success!

  47. Great perspective! I plan to quote you and use that term – “hyperlipitensabetes”
    And I hope we can bring you to Klamath sometime!

  48. This is a great story and makes me smile. Sounds like a very successful start!

  49. Fantastic, Joseph! So great to hear about the experiences you and your student colleagues are having. It sounds wonderful, enriching, and humbling.

  50. Hi Adalie, Congrats on your journey at OHSU. I am a current applicant and have been invited to interview at OHSU. Do you have any advice and share your process for preparing for your interview at OHSU. Thanks, Cierra



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