The Problem with Concierge Medicine

If you’re unfamiliar with concierge medicine, it’s a bit like a gym membership, insofar as patients pay an annual fee to their private physician. In return, the physician will provide more tailored healthcare services, and assume a smaller population of patients. In this regard, patients will have exclusive access to their private physician, with whom they…

Music to Study and Work By

For some, the quiet can be deafening. In such circumstances, it is preferable to have music or some form of background noise to study, work, or write by. Having ambient noise helps keep my ADHD brain better engaged, promoting productivity, focus, and concentration. It is important, however, to choose sounds that are not too distracting, so as not to…

Don’t ask me when I’m going to run a marathon

“Le soldat de Marathon” by Luc-Olivier Merson, 1869 I have been a runner for over 15 years, and for at least half of those years, I ran competitively. What offends me is not to be called a jogger, but when people ask me whether or not I have run a marathon, and if not, then when. The marathon…

Welcome to Medical School: The White Coat Ceremony

Even before our first day, we were given our White Coats. It was almost farcical, and not a little cruel, the notion of giving an overly eager individual an article of clothing that they would have no conceivable reason to wear for two years. In these early days, we would find little use for our White Coats; it would…

Welcome to Spring in the Northeast [aka A Runner’s Hell]

This is what spring looks like in the Northeastern United States. As a runner, it is bloody miserable. Running in the soppy, slippery, slush. Forget about trail running, especially in the parts tucked away from the sun; if they don’t see the light of day, the slush there may stick around until May. And as…

Match Day

Match Day; the day in mid-March when fourth year medical students find out their fate. The match is binding; there are no take-backs, no opt-outs, no second chances to change your mind. The match is an algorithm which determines who goes where; residency programs rank the applicants they interviewed, and applicants rank the programs they…

The Dirty Truth Behind Clean Eating

This rather persistent and tired trend in healthy eating known as “clean eating;” there’s nothing new or novel about it. It’s just healthy eating, plain and simple, with an emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods. While the vast majority of my diet could perhaps be described as “clean eating,” —that is if you subtract the chips,…

White Coat Privilege 

It is the perennial question asked of medical students, “what do you want to go into?” Hitherto, it has been acceptable to shrug off such inquiries with a guileless ignorance of one’s own inclinations. For third year medical students, evasive, noncommittal answers are becoming increasingly less acceptable as we approach the end of third year;…

Don’t ask me if I’m Indian

I should preface this by mentioning that what follows are not my reflections on what it is like to be a multiracial woman of color residing in a predominantly white city in the Northeast. Sadly, what follows are my reflections on being a multiracial woman of color residing in the Bay Area, a metropolitan area…