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How to Spend 3 Days in Denver, Colorado – Quietude

Time we visited: End of March-Beginning of April

Type of travel: Weekend getaway with the best friend

(scroll down for itinerary/tips)

SET THE SCENE

The clouds were thick and pregnant with rain. They covered the sky completely and not a peep of sunshine was to be seen. Despite the clouds, the city didn’t seemed to be blanketed in darkness but a certain light that seeps into the smiles and cheery laughter of the people. Jackets, hats, scarves, and boots blanket our bodies and puffs of air materialized in front of us. Each breakfast place welcomed us with heat and sends one vibe: homey. The light rain and gusts of wind dropped the degrees lower as we popped in and out of shops in Larimer Square. The string of lights from building to building twinkled in the rain, but the cold seems into our bones. We found ourselves huddled away from the cold in a bookstore with my favorite smell of books lingering in the air mixed with java. The wind and rain continued to persist, but it was nothing a good cup of coffee or a pint of beer won’t solve! Breweries dot the city and you get a true appreciation of beer after a walking tour. The smell of fermentation is in the air, and there was joyous laughter and a bachelor celebrating his last glory days in the midst of it all.

Then quietude. A little yellow bug driving itself through the snowy forests and mountains of Golden Gate Canyon National Park. The emerald trees are half covered in frosty white and deer mingled their way through peeking curiously at travelers. The air was still and quiet, only broken by the sound of crunching leaves, our small breaths of air as we descended up the trails, and the chirps of blue and orange birds. The peaks of the mountains were covered in fog and from the top we could see the lonely winding road we traveled on. It felt like you were the only person in the world.

Giant red rocks. Literally. Towering, impressive, encompassing. Drive out further and you stumble upon a garden of them. In all sorts of formation. It’s like a garden that giants would frolic through. And with the sun finally shining, the view was breathtaking and even more so when we climbed and seated ourselves on top of the rocks, laying out and letting the sun soaked into our skin. When you can only see miles and miles of more rock formations and greenery, it’s easy to forget the rest of the terrors making stride in the world.

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SUGGESTED 3 DAY ITINERARY OF DENVER

DAY 1:

  • My friend and I arrived around 7AM so we had a lot of time to kill the first day. We spent the entire day basically roaming around the city of Denver and getting to know the city and the food! Of course Denver is filled with amazing eats but the following are the places we were able to hit in three days.
  • Brunch: Sassafras American Eatery. It was actually a close walk from our AirBNB and recommended by our AirBNB host as well. This place did not disappoint! We ordered the Eggs Sardou, Chicken Fried Eggs & Buffalo Hash, and the Mimosa Flight. Seriously everything was so incredibly delicious! The mimosa flight was also great – they have some really interesting combinations as well as Bloody Mary combinations. Not to mention, the restaurant is in an old home and thus gave off such a homey vibe; great way to welcome us to Denver. The heat inside the restaurant definitely helped off-set the cold that was seeping into our bones when we were walking outside.
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Sassafras American Eatery
  • Larimer Square: With our bellies full and warm, we caught an Uber to Larimer Square to wander around between the shops. The square is a beautiful area with twinkling lights and the Colorado flags are strung up in rows. At this point, the rain started coming down and the wind was blowing through, so we ended up trying to find coffee for some warmth.
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Larimer Square
  • Coffee Break: Little Owl Coffee. Cute coffee shop, friendly workers, and great coffee!
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Little Owl Coffee
  • Bookstore: Tattered Cover Book Store. This bookstore native to Denver has a couple locations around the city. I recommend checking it out for any bookworms like myself! There’s also a coffee shop inside. Get yourself a cup and wander between the bookshelves! I love that there are bookstore recommendations and why they love the books written on little notes stuck to the shelves. This bookstore was a pretty close walk from Little Owl Coffee.
  • Breweries: There are so many great breweries around Denver! We chose to go to the Great Divide Brewing Company and we arrived right on time to hop onto one of their free brewery tours which I recommend! It’s pretty cool to see how the beer you’re drinking is made. The Great Divide offers free tours on M-F at 3,4,5PM and weekends at 2,3,4,5,6PM. Each tour is around 20-30 minutes and also free to the first 20 guests! After the tour, I recommend getting a flight of their different beers! For those who want something different – there is the Strawberry Rhubard Sour – fruitier, different, and delicious!
    • You can make a whole day out of brewery hopping! Here are other options: Breckenridge, Wynkoop Brewing Co, Ratio Beer Works, Prost Brewing, Denver Beer Company
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Great Divide Brewing Company
  • Hot Dogs: Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs. After feeling full and warm of beer, we started feeling hungry again and decided to go for a really quick, early dinner instead of a long sit-down. We ended up finding this place a couple blocks away in the Larimer Square area and decided to check it out. I recommend this place if you are craving a good hot dog – there are all sorts of meat combinations such as beef, vegan, reindeer, rattlesnake, veal, etc. with plenty of toppings and sides like fried mac-n-cheese. We ordered the Alaskan Reindeer and topped it with the El Diablo (tomatillo green chile, salsa, sriracha lime mayo, and smoked bacon bits with a side of fries). Soo perfect for post-beer food. And my best friend has never had reindeer, so we had to get that meat choice.
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Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
  • Concert: The Grizzly Rose. My friend is a fan of country which is basically how we ended up at a Chase Bryant concert that night at The Grizzly Rose. If you are looking for some fun concerts, I definitely recommend this place! I’m okay with country music but I still had such a good time at the concert! He was a great performer and I recognized like half of the songs anyways!
    • Suggestion: If you visit Denver in the summer time, I highly suggest booking a concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The venue is amazing and the acoustics is apparently amazing. And going to a concert in the middle of Mother Nature’s geological creations? Once in a lifetime.
  • Bars: Williams & Graham (speakeasy), Forest Room 5 – these were the bars recommended to us. Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to check them out but I’m leaving them here as recommendations!

DAY 2:

  • We spent our day dedicated to exploring hiking areas right outside Denver!
  • Brunch: Jelly Café. This was a cute brunch place that specializes in their donut bites. If it’s your first time there, then it’s definitely fun to get the large variety size with 8 donut bites (8 different flavors). If you’re looking for just one of the donut bites to try, then I recommend the Thai Peanut flavor – it was my favorite. There was a wait for brunch so my friend and I passed the time by ordering coffee and the donut bites from the bar to munch on and get our caffeine kick in. For actual brunch, they have a large menu and we ended up ordering the Haco Chili Benedict which we recommend! I always tend to lend on the side of ordering a unique benedict.

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Jelly Cafe
  • Golden Gate Canyon State Park: This was recommended to me by a friend and I am certainly passing on that recommendation! The drive is around 50 mins – 1 hr from Denver so not that bad for a day trip. My friend and I got a rental car, water, and bundled ourselves up since it was cold outside and headed over. The drive up to the state park was absolutely beautiful. There was snowfall the night before and all the dark green trees were decorated beautiful with untouched, white snow. When we would reach clearings, there would be a group of deer peering at our car curiously.
    • Now this park is very large so definitely keep driving until you hit the visitor center where you pay a small park fee and then grab a map. Ask the very friendly people who work there what trails you suggest for hiking in the allotted time frame you have. My friend and I only wanted to hike for a couple hours so they suggested a combination of two trails.
    • Because we went during off-season, the park was not overcrowded and the hike was quiet and very peaceful. The only sounds that could be heard were the leaves crunching underneath our feet and the chirps of the birds. The view from the top was also beautiful – miles and miles of forested mountains and glimpses of the road. Unfortunately the day we went, the peaks of the mountains were covered in fog but I imagine the views would be even more spectacular if it was sunny!
    • You can also hunt and go biking in this park!

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  • Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre: As I mentioned before, if you visit Denver in the summer time, I definitely recommend getting a ticket to a concert out here. We were there in off-season but still wanted to see the Red Rocks. It was only a 35 minute drive from Golden Gate so we decided to drive up there, and I recommend it. The red rocks were impressive to view. Driving in there are other gorgeous red rock formations you can take photos of.
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Entrance to Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
  • Dinner: Queen Sheba Ethiopian – Ethiopian food is one of my favorite cuisines to eat and I highly recommend it to anyone who has not tried it yet like my best friend. I was super excited to bring my friend here especially since my other friends highly recommended this restaurant to me. We ordered the vegetarian and meat combo for two and topped it off with a glass of honey wine! Starving from our hikes, the meal absolutely hit the spot and the portions was enough for us to take home leftovers!
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Queen of Sheba

DAY 3:

  • Coffee Run (+ice cream!): Garden of the Gods has been on my America bucket list since forever and I was super excited to see it. Since we had leftovers from the Ethiopian place the day before, we decided to take lunch on the road and just grab coffee before we leave. We went to 2914 Coffee and was able to also kill two birds with one stone by trying Little Man Icecream which happened to be selling in the coffeeshop. My friend decided to get the Salted Oreo flavor which ended up being some of the best ice cream I’ve ever had in my life honestly. Little Man definitely lives up to its reputation. I only wish I got the time to visit its location so I can taste the other different flavors.

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  • Garden of the Gods: The drive from Denver took about one hour and twenty minutes. We got lucky weather wise compared to our hike the day before at Golden Gate Canyon. That day there was a slight chill in the air but the sun was high in the sky brightening the colors of the Garden of the Gods. We spent most of the day stopping at the different, gorgeous view points and climbing up the variety of rock formations. With the fresh air and beautiful weather, it was a sight to behold.

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  • The Source: We had about two hours to kill before our flight when we drove back to Denver so we decided to check out this place for a pre-airport snack. The Source, which is an urban, culinary market, is a really cool place to check out. Immediately before entering, you’re greeted with a bright blue door that is quite picturesque and then followed with a hallway and then a giant area with a bar in the center and different places to drink beer and wine on the sides. My friend and I decided to go for a glass of white wine and a small cheese board. The charcuterie board amount/quality was a great deal for the price of $10 but the wine prices here are steep.
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The Source

Other Things to Do:

Here is a list that you can add to modify your itinerary that I didn’t get around to doing:

  • Biking the Cherry Creek Bike Trail
  • Horseback riding
  • The bars mentioned above under Day 1
  • First Friday Art Walk

 

Happy traveling! Anymore Denver suggestions? Leave them in the comments below!

-Monica

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How to Live a Happy, Healthy Residency (& The Little Things – Medicine Edition)

When you’re working 60-80 hours/week, you start to neglect many things in your life. Family, kids, significant others, friends, social life, fitness, hobbies, even personal hygiene. It’s difficult to balance all of those while working long hours and then coming home and trying to be updated on the latest in your field of medicine. Now, I’m not saying I have the perfect solution to it, but I think it’s important to create new habits in residency; habits that allow you to slowly learn to blend the important aspects of your life with work.

After all, I believe residents learn to be some of the best time managers.

UPDATES: This page will be continually updated with new lessons and pieces of advice I’ve gained along my residency journey! You can find this page again under the Medicine tab above or subscribe for updates!

How to Live a Happy, Healthy Residency (#mobgynchronicles)

  • Evening and night shifts can be hard. To start my shifts off on a high note, I always make a detour to my nearest favorite or new coffee shop to pick up a latte. Little things like this can kick off the next 12 or so hours on a good note! So indulge in something and bring it into your shift!
    • What would you bring?
  • Use your precious hours off to keep in touch and manage time with your family, significant others, friends, and your own me time. All of this is important but should be done in a way to better your emotional health and others!
  • Prioritize Me Time – to decompress, to unwind, to gather or erase your thoughts. Usually best done when you get time off when everyone else is working (early day time post night shift)
    • For me, it’s a cup of coffee while lounging in bed catching up on some reading/writing. What’s yours?

The Little Things – Medicine Edition (for residency, medical school, general medicine life)

Hoping this list will brighten up your day or let you focus on different things in the medical world that maybe the fast pace of your day does not allow you to see

  1. Getting off shift and realizing you have the next day off!
  2. Sleep after being on night call/shift
  3. The shower after a shift at the hospital
  4. When a shift at the hospital is so busy that time just flies by
  5. Doing a medical procedure perfectly
  6. When the realm of medicine proves its worth
  7. Being amazed by the world of medicine
  8. Watching how efficient medicine can be in the midst of chaos and tragedy
  9. Small medical school victories
  10. Unexpected three day weekends in medical school
  11. When patients are actually compliant with their medications
  12. Seeing a friend or co-resident at the hospital when you’re not on the same rotation
  13. Being released early from a day at the hospital
  14. Getting off a shift or call day on time
  15. Calm call days
  16. Getting off in the middle of the night or waking up super early for shifts sucks but the traffic less roads are fantastic

SIDE NOTE: If you enjoy the little things, check out the master list at the top header tabs. I post a new blog of 20 little things at the beginning of every month so follow to check that out!

Cheers,

Monica

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From Refugee to Citizen

I would like to start off by saying I am usually not very vocal about my views on politics and policy, but this recent development is something I cannot stay silent on. I do not write this to express the cons and pros of this policy, but more so to reach out on a more personal level on why this new anti-immigration policy is a step backwards from who we are as a country.

As many of you all know, President Trump issued an executive order on Friday that would stop the citizens of Syria from entering the United States along with a suspension of immigration for a certain amount of days from other countries linked to terrorism. Furthermore, there has been a suspension of the program that admits refugees from around the world for a certain amount of days while the government creates revised policies for entry to the US.

Syria is a country currently being run through with civil war. Its people’s struggles are splashing our daily headlines with constant news of violence and horrific images. Syria and many other countries in the area are the new refugee crisis of this decade.

It was only a couple decades ago when Cambodia was going through its own civil war. It seems like lifetimes ago to many people, and it only appears as a few sentences in most history books taught around the nation, but to my parents, aunts, and uncles, it was years of life-changing strife.

Years of bloodshed, losing family, friends, losing a home, living on unclean water and food, and surviving just to see the dawn break over the next day. It was years of feeling utter loneliness and despair and living in a real version of hell. The small country and its people went through so many years of struggles and going unnoticed by the rest of the world.

My mom and dad went through this, and I won’t make this post longer with details of their horrendous stories. What I want to stress is that my parents found the little light in their personal prison cell in the form of entrance to the United States. They came to this country as refugees and put themselves through full time jobs and night school to learn English and to make something out of themselves. Today my parents stand before me as strong and educated citizens, and I cannot even imagine that their teenage years were filled with genocide and warfare.

Today is Chinese New Year, and I found myself reflecting on all of this as I whispered my thanks into my prayers. I am forever more than grateful to those who worked hard to bring in the forgotten refugees of Cambodia into America many years ago. They gave my family hope when it seemed like every other path to take led to more danger.

I am constantly surrounded and amazed by friends and colleagues with ancestry from all over the world. I grew up proud that the country I lived in thrived off its reputation of being a ‘melting pot’. A place where so many cultures and religions intertwined together, and it was normal. A land of promises, safety, and security. A country that had the powers to compassionately open its doors to refugees and others in forgotten places, and to give so many people a second chance and an escape from death and further torture.

And that is why this new development saddens me to my core. This ban echoes everything America is not.

Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are another Cambodia. Maybe on a grander, more public scale this time and definitely with more controversial issues. But to the core, they are countries of refugees and of people who are innocent and unfairly and unjustly suffering through different regimes’ power struggles and religious clashes. So please. Please. Let’s think of the children, women, and men drowning in a battle they never asked for before we close our doors on them.

 

Agree or disagree with me on this new development, but regardless, this is my family’s story. I am so ever proud and grateful to the powers of America taking in my parents many years ago. This is America’s strength, and let it never disappear in the midst of fear and misguided beliefs.

-M

P.S. Do not even get me started on the reinstatement of the Global Gag Rule. It saddens and frustrates me to see what this means for the future of global health and women’s health around the globe. That itself is a whole other rant.

P.S.S. – To those wondering why my family and I celebrate Chinese New Year: I have some Chinese ancestry in my background.

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Dear Third Year Student

Dear upcoming third year student who must be so incredibly thrilled to be done with the Kreb Cycle,

Welcome to the year of being ‘The Wallflower’! Now bear with me before turning the page and shaking your head in disbelief. Dictionaries define ‘wallflower’ as someone who is shy and thus blends into the sidelines. I think the word, if you take out shy, defines third year in a nutshell. You’re about to embark on a year of switching rotations. A journey of constantly feeling uneasy and then comfortable only to have to fall back into that uneasy emotion in a matter of days or weeks. You’re going to pass through every emotion in the book. The bad ones (nervousness, awkwardness, discomfort, confusion, pity, anger, fatigue, sadness, apathy, helplessness, jadedness), but I promise, also the good ones (pride, awe, wonder, curious, comfortable, confident, decisive, empathy, sympathy, appreciative, contemplative, joy, happiness)!

Now you must be thinking, ‘What a depressing letter to read’, but I urge you to forge ahead.  Third year means you’re the least experienced of the medical team. You’re going to have plenty of moments where you don’t feel like you’re helping or that you’re actually more of a burden. Residents and attendings will discuss plans at rapid fire, and you’ll feel lost to the terminology, trying desperately to figure out when is the right time to ask a question or rapidly browsing through UpToDate to figure out what exactly is happening with a patient. As the patient workload increases, you’ll start to feel like someone just merging with the sidelines. A wallflower.

I write this letter to remind you all that when you’re starting to feel like that, please remember that this is not a bad thing. Your duty as the third year medical student is to not come up with drug dosages or perfect solutions to a patient’s decompensating heart failure or treatment of ovarian cancer. You are there to learn. To be constantly curious. To observe. As the wallflower, you get a special advantage over residents and attendings. You have more time with patients and more time with your thoughts. So use that time wisely, open your eyes and ears, reflect, and truly take in your surroundings.

On emergency medicine, understand how swiftly death and disability can fall upon humans and build compassion for those patients lost in the frenzied haze of white walls and numerous diagnostic tests. On neurology, appreciate how intricate the human brain is but also understand that complex neuro terms fall on deaf ears of patients. On surgery, acknowledge every kind of fear people have going under the knife and be in awe of how intricate the human body is. On medicine, think beyond the heart failure and cirrhosis to what living and social situations your patients will encounter post-hospital. On pediatrics, embrace your inner child, revel in the innocence of babies, and step into the shoes of a worried mother or father. On family medicine, truly wonder why a patient is not progressing in care – transportation, culture, unsafe neighborhoods. On OB/GYN, be awed by the miracle of childbirth and learn to be gentle with sensitive matters of unwanted pregnancies, miscarriages, and vaginal bleeding. On psychiatry, draw up your empathy and do not let their illnesses define who they are.

Appreciate the residents and the attendings. Be in awe of how they juggle their patients and their home lives. Thank those who take time out of their busy hands to teach you. Be grateful to the nurses, PAs, NPs, techs, and support staff who guide you in the right direction. Welcome the caffeine and infrequent extra sleep hours. Hold the patients’ hands that want to be held. Offer a tissue to those who are crying and return the hugs rarely given by patients. Smile. Make eye contact. Communicate. Listen.

This year will be the game changer in your medical career. You’re going to learn what specialty is right for you, and you’re going to learn so much about medicine and human nature in general. Just remember to take with you the lessons you’ve gathered and observed and let it guide your future practice.

‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’ – Mahatma Gandhi

Enjoy third year!!!

Best,

M

(I write this as I come to the end of my fourth year of medical school as a piece for the upcoming third year students at my med school as well as a reflection on what MS3 was like)

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Winter Holidays Little Things

I’ve had this idea bouncing around in my head for a while, and I’ve decided to finally act upon it. Now before I dive into this little new blog idea I have, I want to give all credit to my inspiration: http://justlittlethings.net/ [just visit her blog! It’s an inspiration and her book is a very cute gift to give around the holiday times]

Background Story:

After stumbling upon that blog about six years ago, I became absolutely enraptured and inspired by it. The idea seemed so simple but monumental – to remind yourself and others around you how important the little things are in people’s lives. The little things, to me, are tiny events or objects that occur in daily life which lead to a smile externally or subconsciously but most people don’t pass a second thought over it. At the end of the day, these little things may be the only thing that upturns a day or makes it better.

At first, I took it as a daily subconscious exercise. If something happened to me or if I stumbled across something that fit the above definition of a ‘little thing’, I would catalog it into my phone and add it to my Microsoft Word list that slowly became longer and longer. My friends caught on to what I was doing and encouraged me to share it, hence, my little thing e-mail list started. My e-mail list contained family, friends, colleagues, and professors and the responses I received were humbling.

Now six years later, I’m in the 1600s count! I have been tinkering with the idea for a while to share my little things on this blog…and here I am years later finally acting on the idea. I’ll start at my number 1 and make my way down my list in sporadic posts and everything will be tagged ‘mylittlethings’.

But in honor of my favorite time of the year – the holidays, of course! – I am dedicating this first Little Things post to the theme of the winter holidays.

Winter Holiday Themed Little Things

89. Untouched snow
144. Snow days
192. Christmas lights at night
383. Seeing your breath on cold days
385. Seasonal beverages during the holidays
392. Holiday music on the radio
400. Watching Christmas decorations go up
401. Driving around and seeing Christmas lights
408. Lit-up Christmas trees
416. Walking into a heated building after being outside in the cold
420. Singing Christmas songs with friends
425. Making the first tracks in fresh snow
447. Wrapping your cold hands around a cup of a warm drink
697. Getting into a warm car when it’s cold outside
710. Realizing the Starbucks Christmas cups are back
711. Pulling on winter boots and clothes and realizing its winter
713. Having heater seats in the car on a cold morning
729. Cold, sunny days
737. The way the house smells during the holidays
748. Christmas decorations
756. Hot soup on a cold day
758. Driving home for the holidays and then finally seeing your home in the distance
760. Watching little kids run around in their Christmas dresses and outfits and being excited for Santa
762. The sound of your footsteps in the snow
764. Seeing lighted Christmas trees through windows at night
766. Waking up on Christmas morning
767. First white Christmas
768. Christmas mail
789. Waking up to snow
794. Holiday themed cakes
1084. The sight of your name on a Christmas present
1085. The warmth of a bonfire in the winter
1113. Buying holiday scented Febreeze
1171. Putting socks on cold feet
1210. When the Christmas tree gives the only light in the room
1217. That moment near the holidays when there’s suddenly cookies, chocolate, and candy everywhere
1473. Waking up warm in the winter
1524. Snapchat holiday snaps
1545. Holiday themed meals at the cafeteria

And like I tell everyone on my e-mail mailing list, I am always open to suggestions and will gladly add it to my list! I love to hear what little things people stumble across in their lives! Leave it in the comment sections! [the odd numbering is due to how it appears on my actual list]

Happy Holidays everyone!

-M

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The Honor of White Coat

The sky is clear and the sun is beaming its warm rays upon the concrete and grass twinkling in dew. Girls walk around in light summer dresses and guys shuffle in their shoes, crisp shirts, and colored ties. The line of chattering parents beaming with pride and delight gather and accumulate outside the glass doors. There is a sense of excitement in the air. Anticipation. A new passage in life is beginning.

It’s the White Coat Ceremony.

This prestigious ceremony is a rite of passage for all students entering any field of healthcare. While it can be perceived as an ancient tradition, the white coat ceremony was actually started in 1989. Since then, hundreds of students have walked the stage and have been cloaked by older physicians. It is truly an honor.

The white coat is a major and well-known universal symbol. Regardless of where you go, people understand that this article of clothing usually means there is some sort of healthcare around and available. But while it is a universal symbol, the white coat tends to be perceived in many different ways. To little kids, the mere sight of a slip or corner of the coat makes them cry. They associate it with discomfort and pain. To adolescents and adults, the white coat could spike fear. Blood pressures rise. Or perhaps the white coat resembles an incoming wave of news – whether those news are good or bad is unknown, and the patient waits with baited breath. The coat could bring confusion or alarm to a population in a third world area. But yet, the white coat is also a symbol of hope. A projection of survival and health, and a symbol of recovery – whether it be emotionally, spiritually, or physically.

And now we are adorned with those white coats, and we now carry that symbolism.

Today, we were given very good advice by esteemed professionals/doctors. I hope to look back one day when I am stressed, confused, or just wanting reassurance or answers and remember the following great advice. Remember to never lose the reason why you came into medicine. Fight to increase and keep your compassion. Call home. Hold onto your hobbies. Stay close and true to your friends. Delight and invest in patients’ stories. Especially on a night where sleep has escaped you. Aspire. Believe. Have faith. Persevere. Educate. Learn. Grow.

The Hippocratic Oath [longer version than the one I recited]

I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.

-Written in 1964 by Louis Lasagna, Academic Dean of the School of Medicine at Tufts University


Let us honor this oath. I am incredibly excited for all my friends taking on their white coats this year across the country, and even more excited for all of my friends who will enter the process in the future. I hope to one day practice beside all of you and make a difference. And to my UTHSCSA friends and classmates, I am even more excited to take on these next four years with you all. Let us live fully. Party hard. Study hard.

Looking forward,
-M

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The Brief Relief

Parents kissing kids good-bye. Kids kissing parents good-bye. Relatives hugging relatives. Friends waving to other friends. The car lights line a path facing the double doors of another journey – travels to another place or travels back home. They illuminate brightly against a dark sky painted with the new dawn’s hues of pink and orange. There’s joy, delight, sadness, and a sense of nostalgia in the air. There’s also a sense of hurry and urgency.

I’m there too. I’m one of the ones waving with a sad smile tugging at the corner of my lips. My heart is still so thankful and full of happiness.

What is coming at me is a box full of newness – it’s packed heavily with anxiety, nervousness, and excitement. It also comes with a rolling rug – one that will feel like it never ends but instead picks up speed and the person on it will start to run and run….hoping for a stop.

It’s nice to have just a brief time of absolute peace then. To have distraction from the world and comfort in family’s arms before real world hits. At those moments time seems to stand still in tranquility but moves fast in days and hours. Our joints, muscles, and brain, however, relaxes, and we are strengthened once more.

Wishes and blessings,
M