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

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

  3. 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.

  4. #7 & 8 … also love the speech at the end. Nice touch!

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

  6. Thanks! :)

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

  8. we need to work on #3

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

  10. 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.

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

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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!

  15. Nicely done Pooja!

  16. 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.

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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

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

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

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

  26. 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.


  27. Wow. Well put!

  28. Thank you :) It’s good to hear!

  29. 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

  30. 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!

  31. 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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

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

  35. Thank you for sharing your experience. I too experienced the hospital inpatient side I was the patient after a major surgery I left the hospital after 9 days without ever getting a bath and I was left to the point of tears without pain meds given and feeling like I was the burden on the help. Second stay I was told very abruptly that I have a disease. There is no cure for what I have and so it is an ongoing misadventure everytime I come in.

  36. Anushka: what an experience. I am very sorry for yours and your family’s loss. Thank you for making us wiser by allowing us to see things through your eyes, even under such difficult and personal circumstances.

  37. Anushka – Thank you for sharing this difficult experience, and for your part in taking hopeful action for the future of our health care system.

  38. Andy-we promise not to ask, but our fingers are crossed for all of you! Now-go out there and be great docs.

  39. Well done, Roheet, and good advice for those future physicians out there.

  40. I’m interested how you didn’t comment on the fact that using photos of people without heads really dehumanises fat people and adds to the stigma where fat people are seen as a problem that must be solved, not individuals.

  41. enjoyed your post, thanks for sharing:)

  42. Andy – very glad you are asking patients about what is meaningful. As a patient it is extremely important to me that my physician knows me and what is important in my life. Someday I will be incapacitated. I will need my physician to be my advocate in making decisions that will affect my quality of life. If he/she does not know what is important to me they, as wonderful as they are as clinicians, will not be the advocate I need. My physician knows that running and being physically active is important to me and that I will follow an excruciating physical rehabilitation to be able to stay active. If he/she did not know that a less desirable outcome may be chosen in that emergency. Thanks for understanding how knowing what is important to your patients affects the choices and recommendations you make for their care :)

  43. Hi Emily! I have read on our student manual that we have peer tutoring but I never figured out how to contact a peer tutor. Do you think you can give me some info about that? :)

  44. Great post. Thanks for sharing your world with all of us.

  45. Ahh, thanks for the correction! It makes sense now, Lord Byron having a thing for royalty.

    I do have it on good authority, however, that Jack Kerouac loved Rocky Road.

    And with that, goodnight!

  46. Great post. Thank you for your leadership. Good food and safe neighborhoods. Yep! We can all contribute to that outcome.

  47. This is awesome Andy, Great point!

  48. Little known fact – it was Byron who was the Dairy Queen lover. Shelley preferred Cold Stone. No joke :-) Enjoyed your poem!

  49. David – I normally don’t care for poetry, it’s usually just cleverly (?) jumbled words that seem only to have meaning to the poet. But in this case, I believe you expressed something that has meaning to me, too. Great! (and I am not his mom or dad!)

  50. Another well written piece Kayly. Thank you for contributing.



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