Writing Is Remembering

Story: Chapter 5

Part 5 of my graduation speech accompanied a series of photos. Formatting and phrasing reflect the oral presentation. “People come and go in our lives; that’s as old a story as there is. But some of them the heart cries out to keep forever; and that is a fresh saga every time.” – Ivan Doig, The Bartender’s Tale Writing helps me remember, process, and think…

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My Sister, Ella

Story: Chapter 4

Part 4 of my speech given at residency graduation. Formatting and phrasing reflect oral presentation. Why Pediatric Otolaryngology? Kids are amazing. They think outside the box and ask questions no one else would ask. They’re either practically invulnerable or entirely medically fascinating. Pediatric Otolaryngology allows me to do subspecialized surgery without giving up any major aspects of ENT. But there’s more to it than that….

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Choosing ENT

Story: Chapter 3

Part 3 of speech given at residency graduation. Organization and phrasing reflect oral presentation. There are two kinds of medical students: those who enjoy every specialty, and those who hate all but one. I was the former, which made it difficult to choose. In the middle of third year, I did General Surgery at a busy community hospital. I spent six weeks working everything to…

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Story: Preface

personhood, stories, and residency

Preface to speech given at residency graduation. Organization and phrasing reflects oral presentation. “The three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you.” – Anne Lamott, Thanks, Help, Wow: the Three Essential Prayers.  After five years, I’ve concluded that the toughest thing about residency isn’t actually the practice of medicine or the learning of surgery. Rather the toughest thing is how much…

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How I Became a Surgeon

Two years of medical school classes flew by, followed by three brutal weeks of preparation for the USMLE. “Enjoyed” doesn’t adequately describe the excitement, inquisitiveness, and joy I experienced when I finally left the classroom and board exams behind to take care of patients. Every rotation brought new challenges, which I embraced wholeheartedly. Then, in the middle of third year, I did General Surgery at a…

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Charles Dickens on the subject of residency

Residency is best described in the immortal words of Dickens: “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.”

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Let’s Visit a Friend!

Guest blog post today!

How did I become a surgeon? The answer is in my guest post on #LifeofaMedStudent! Check it out and let me know what you think. For more great content and information for medical trainees of all stages, follow my friend and host on Twitter: @LifeofMedstudnt

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