The place so nice, they named it twice

Welcome to Walla Walla, Washington!

For all those travel bugs and foodies out there, just wanted to give a shout out to Walla Walla, the town I did my third year clinical rotations at!

If you ever get the chance, here are some great things (mostly food) to check out in town:

Food

  1. Graze
    • I LOVED the Vegetarian Torta – my absolute favorite!! I must have gone here every week for this sandwich. It is mind blowing – great bread with chipotle, avocado, black beans, pickled daikon and carrot, sprouts, tomatoes… my mouth is watering just thinking about it
    • They are a sandwich and salad place – pear salad is really good too!
    • http://www.grazeevents.com/
  2. Grandma’s Kitchen
    • Fresh, non-greasy, super tasty Mexican food – you can get nopales! You pick a filling (nopales, black beans, varieties of meats) and pick what you put it into: burrito, sopa, taco, etc!! Yum!!
    • http://wwgrandmaskitchen.com/
  3. Maple Counter
  4. Bacon and Eggs
  5. Fine-ly Made
  6. Walla Walla Bread Company
  7. Sweet Basil Pizzeria
  8. Olive
    • My roomies loved this place. A place to sit and study as well. Lots of baked goods, salads. I think after 8 or 9 pm, some of the baked goods are reduced price!
    • http://olivemarketplaceandcafe.com/
  9. The Marc
  10. Dora’s Deli
    • This is a hole in the wall place. So good – their food is authentic and tasty!!
  11. Whitehouse Crawford
  12. Sipid Bites by Sarah

Events

  1. Gesa Power House Theater
    • Loved this theater – I think we went to a Shakespeare production here. It was fantastic!!
    • https://phtww.com/
  2. Little Theatre of Walla Walla  
    • Went to see a Christmas play here with my adoptive parents from Walla Walla! It was awesome!!
    • https://www.ltww.org
  3. Symphony / Chamber Music 
  4. Corn maze
    • This was super fun! Go with friends!

As you can tell, I did a lot of eating…. 🙂 There are also beautiful places you can explore, hike, and enjoy! Walla Walla is a great town – lots of vegetarian options, family friendly, safe, and happy. And for those of you who love wine, it’s got a lot of it! The downtown is especially nice to explore. I really enjoyed my third year here and am grateful for the experience I had!!

Happy exploring!!

-P

With all these loans, can I ever be a homeowner?

Hello all!

Hope you are doing well. Now the answer to this question is: YES! Now that match results are out, many of us will be going to new places for a few years. I’m sure most of you are aware of this – renting comes with a lot of benefits: your landlord will fix things that go wrong, you can pick up and move when needed, usually cheaper than a mortgage, etc. However, for 3+ years, we’re going to be in one place, be earning real money for the first time, not be dependent on parents (for those of us who have been), and start to really think about our finances. Which is why the idea of owning a home is so appealing – especially in a coveted area – enabling the home to become a great investment. Now, if you are moving forward as a single person, meaning, not married, don’t have children, etc., owning a home is all on you – the payments, upkeep, etc. So it’s a BIG decision! So, here are a few things/tips I’ve found in my search to help me navigate this:

  1. Contact the current residents at your program and ask them what they did and what they recommend
    1. Realize that some are married, have kids, or are single – find residents that are similar to you and your housing needs
  2. Rent VS Buy: Weigh the pros and cons! Look into the area, where housing is in relation to the hospital, where the other residents live, how feasible it is to buy a home, etc. What is the cost of renting vs buying? Can you head over your residency area beforehand to do some physical legwork over there before starting? If you’re in a really big, expensive city with a ton of traffic and without many housing options close by, you might need to rent.

If you’ve decided to buy…

  • Make a list:  What’s important to you? How many bedrooms? Full bathrooms? Attached garage? Backyard? Location – suburbs, city, rural?
    1. A FOREVER VS SELLABLE home: Do you want to settle here? I know it’s a very long term question, but it will dictate what/where you choose to buy. For example, if I don’t plan to stay where I do my residency, I need to make sure that my home will sell easily once I’m done with my residency. So, I need to think about the area I’m going to buy in and how easy the homes there resell. Is there a good school system? Historically, how has the resale market been in area?
    2. Parts of a home: If I don’t have a family, do I want to have enough room to host medical students that come to the program for audition rotations? That probably means needing 2 bedrooms and at least 2 full bathrooms. As a resident, I’ll probably be coming home really late sometimes – an attached garage may make me feel safer. Also, if I’m looking to have a pet, a backyard would be fantastic.
    3. Types of homes: Do I want to have a stand alone single family home? But that entails mowing the lawn, taking care of the roof, shoveling snow, etc. Or do I look at condos or town homes or apartments? There will be an extra monthly HOA fee associated with this, but my snow will be shoveled and I only worry about the inside of the home. Plus the insurance is much cheaper.
  • Figure out your timeline: When is graduation? When does your program start (usually July 1)? When is orientation? When can you move in? You’ll need to get your loans in order at least 30-45 days prior to closing.
  • Get in touch with a realtor: the residency program I’m joining provided us with a list of realtors and a few housing options in the area
    1. One realtor is part of a program that works to help physicians buy homes, a program that gives back a portion of her commission to you (in terms of your closing fees)
    2. The realtors from the program will have dealt with a ton of other residents and know what’s important to you – distance to the hospital, upkeep, etc. Ask current residents for recommendations too!
  • Get in touch with a lender: your realtor may have some suggestions. Look into physician loans – a lot of banks offer these. Call and compare them. Different banks will have different restrictions. I’d suggest looking at 2 and comparing them to make sure you get the best deal. Will it cover your home fee 100%? Do you need a certain percent to make a down payment (5%? 0%?), and if not, will it help your loan if you do? What’s their interest rate? For how long will it be fixed? Some loans provide you with a fixed rate for 5,7,10,15,30 years – others don’t. What is the loan rate?  If you’re moving in 4 years after residency, it will be cheaper to choose the lowest one! If 5 and 7 year ARMs are the same, get the longer one just in case! Is there a prepayment penalty? Make sure the lender you work with is accessible and easy to talk to!
    1. Physician loans can offer the following:
      • 100% Financing – No Money Down
      • No PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance)
      • No Pre-Payment Penalty
      • High DTI (Debt to Income) ratio
      • Student Loans treated in a special manner – Making it much easier for you to qualify.
      • Close on your home up to 60 days before beginning residency. No need for a pay stub.
      • Up to 3% Seller contributions are allowed.
      • Flexible Terms – Select from our PhysicianLoans Adjustable Rate Mortgages (3-Year ARM; 5-Year ARM; 7-Year ARM; 10-Year ARM; or 15-Year ARM)
      • Competitive rates
  • Start looking at places: Your realtor will set you up with homes that you can view. Compare locations, prices, square footage, updates, etc. Send prices and addresses to your lender – they will do a monthly breakdown of how much you’ll need to pay – including the principle and interest of the loan, taxes in the area, insurance, and HOA fees! Ask your realtor, residents, friends, family about the places you’re checking out. Look at websites like Zillow to check their financial forecasts/ previous home rate patterns.
  • Check it out: Do a video tour with your realtor if you can’t view the place yourself. Make sure your realtor is someone you trust, and have them take pictures of everything that seems off at the place. Here are some questions to consider:
    1. How many offers have been made?
    2. How stable has the price been?Is it flexible? Can you keep us in the loop if there are other potential buyers?
    3. Why do the sellers want to move?
    4. What issues does the house come with?(take pictures of these)
    5. When was the house last updated?
    6. What is under the carpets?
    7. What does the HOA fee cover? Are there any HOA requirements to know about?
    8. How much do utilities cost? (Should we see a copy of a utilities bill?)
    9. What’s the seller’s timeline?
    10. What are the neighbors like?
    11. Has the fumigation been completed? Timeline for this?
    12. Diversity in the neighborhood? Age group of people?
    13. How’s the housing market in the area? Will it increase? Rate of increase?
    14. What kind of fireplace?
  • It’s a match: When you think you’ve found the one, and you’ve looked into it, make an offer. Talk to your realtor about this – do you make a standard offer (at retail listing price with a home warranty, etc)? Or do you up your game and bid more for the home? Sellers are looking for the “highest and best” offer… so if there are other offers on the table, you might need to increase yours…. again, talk to your realtor, they will guide you (and probably know the listing realtor too!). Your realtor will put together your offer, including move in dates.
  • Lock it down: Once your offer is accepted and things look as though they are moving in the right direction, you need to write a few checks…asap! Now there’s a pretty set timeline. You’ll need to write a check for an inspection, radon testing, and an “earnest” check to say you’re in contract with the seller. Not sure how much this can range from, but from what I’ve heard, it can be about $1,500. You should get your earnest money back at the end of closing if everything goes to plan.
  • Negotiate! After the inspection, a few things may need to be fixed up. Your realtor is your advocate and will come up with a contract that should ask for most (if not all) of these things to be fixed by the seller. Now, they may not want to fix everything and both parties may go back and forth for a bit…. But remember, unless you can go early to get things set up, you want to move into a place that is READY to move into!! You’re a resident! You don’t have time to be fixing things up – so most everything needs to be in place! Again, your realtor will help you with this.
  • Loans, loans, loans! In the meantime, your lender will be drawing up your loan paperwork as well. You need to look into homeowner’s insurance in the meantime. Also, your home loan won’t affect your student loans. Both should help with the amount of taxes you pay yearly.
  • Work, work, work, work: You may have to pay for a few things getting fixed up, you may have to pay for a month of mortgage before you officially move in, you may get to go and take care of these things in person as well. Start to budget as well, think about expenses. Make sure you have enough money in the bank to close ($2,500-3,000). Keep in touch with your realtor, they will be your advocate!!

I hope this helps  and is relatively complete. Please add as you see fit! Thank you!!

 

DO vs MD: Residency Programs

Hi All,

There are currently 2 different MATCHes you can participate in: the DO match and the MD match. The DO match is about 1 month before the MD match (and if you match into a DO program, you are locked in and cannot participate in the MD match).

Soon, none of this will matter as all programs will become ACGME (MD) accredited. However, there are a few things to be aware of:

DO programs: Do audition rotations! I didn’t get interviews at places I didn’t rotate at! Much of this process is based on how well programs know you/networking. Get letters of rec from former residents at the programs you want to go to or from known physicians in the osteopathic community. Also, go to osteopathic conferences (like the ACOOG conference held twice a year) to meet program directors. Make a portfolio and pass it out at said conferences. DO programs look at your holistically and try to get a good fit for their program. To be honest, my DO audition rotations (I had 2) were very challenging. At one rotation, there were 5 other students on service with me. At the other, there were 2 others. And because DO students tend to be super nice, helpful, smart people, it’s hard to compete with them. Everyone has a great personality. Everyone is a hard worker. Everyone is knowledgeable. Everyone knows everyone (especially on the East coast were a lot of DO residency programs are). I found that it helped if you knew one of the residents at the program (and had someone to vouch for you). Some programs really take the residents’ opinion into account when finalizing their rank list, others don’t. Also, some programs will require you to do a presentation – so be ready!

MD programs: Very much merit based – you’ll get an interview invite with high scores and grades. Many programs will not keep in touch with you after your interview so that all applicants have an equal playing field. My MD audition rotations were tricky because some programs don’t offer you an interview, even if you rotated there. Regardless, I think it’s really important to try for auditions. In the MD world, many people don’t do audition rotations, so when you show up with your DO, can-do, friendly, hard-working attitude, it makes a huge difference in the eyes of  the program. One of the DO programs I interviewed at had an MD program director (who is awesome!) and she used to work for an MD program as the assistant program director. She actually stated that at her MD program (and as an MD), she preferred all the DO applicants! She said that they brought something more to the table and that they wanted to be there. I’ll also say this-one interview I got was because I sent an email to an MD program expressing my interest in it- so that (can) DO attitude really does go a long way.

I hope this helps you as make your decision on which programs to apply to and which programs to do auditions at!

-P

 

Residency Interviews

Hi All!

As interview season comes to an end, I thought now would be a good time to reflect on them!

Some basics:

  • WHAT TO WEAR: Remember to dress your best – this means a suit. Most folks wear conservative colors/styles (dark blues/grays/blacks). I know of a few people who had olive green and purple – I think that shows your personality as well – it all depends on how much of a risk taker you are! Try to wear good walking shoes (I know someone who had a pair of flats in her purse and just switched out her heels for the tour) as many of your interviews will include a tour.
  • WHAT TO BRING: You can take a nice purse with you (I constantly ran into the issue of where to put my keys/phone without one), a portfolio pad, and a pen. Take a lint remover if your suit needs it (hotels might be able to help you with this in case you forget it, they did for me)! I’d also recommend to have in your car: pins, sewing kit (my blouse ripped during one of my interviews), hair tie, comb, pads/tampons, wet wipes, protein bars, and anything else in case of emergency.
  • INTERVIEW STRUCTURE: Interviews vary, but the ones I went on were mostly structured as full or half day interviews with tours, lunch or breakfast (or both) provided, and a residency program presentation by program director and/or a resident. Some have you sit in on sign out as well.
    • Individual interviews were often done one-on-one or 2-3 faculty/PD/residents with you. Only one interview I went on had the applicant in front of 30+ people for a 15 minute interview.
  • DINNERS WITH THE RESIDENTS: You are often invited to a dinner hosted by residents. This can be out at a restaurant or at one of the residents’ homes. Highly recommend that you attend! You can ask questions, get a feel for how the residents interact with each other, and have some friendly faces you’ll recognize at the interview! I was told to dress up (business casual, no jeans), but I’ve been to events were applicants wore jeans and were super casual. Remember, if you have the option of scheduling the dinner, go to one BEFORE your interview – this way, you’ll have a good feel for things and have some familiar faces before your big day (which is way more formal!).
  • PREP: Make sure you know where to go, when, and whom to contact if you are late (get a phone number!). Go to the location the night before if you can so that things go smoothly the morning of. Get there AT LEAST 15-30 min early! Check the weather, pack appropriately. You can Uber/Lyft places, but remember that sometimes this can backfire as you don’t know if your ride will be on time. I almost always rented a car (yes, more expensive, but I liked the security of knowing I was independent and had transportation at my fingertips).
  • BUDGET: Interviews are ridiculously expensive-think about plane fare, renting a car for anywhere from 1-3 or more days, hotel rooms, food, and other unexpected miscellaneous costs. Being the gullible person I am, I would often listen to the rental car people and pay the insurance or extra fees they talked me into – look into these things and see if they are really necessary beforehand. Check the weather – do you need a bigger car? Or can you take the smallest (cheapest) model and still be safe to drive it? Use websites like Skyscanner, Kayak, etc. Also, use miles! I had to fly to Virginia on super short notice and the tickets would have been over $1,000 round trip! I was able to use my miles and (even though I had to take three flights there and three flights back), my total flight cost was brought down to $250.
  • SCHEDULING: I know a few people who took time off just for interviews. If you are staying primarily at your base hospital and it’s easy to schedule your rotations, I think you can safely take some time off here and there for interviews. Honestly, if you are doing a ton of auditions and scheduling rotations on your own, this is challenging. I scheduled all my rotations close to home (not at my base hospital) and really didn’t have much leeway in scheduling them, so I’d ask for time off for my interviews. Most places were super gracious about this. They understand you need to take time off, but it always helps to say that you’re willing to come in on weekends to make it up!
    • Also try to schedule your interviews wisely – schedule the programs you are most interested in in the middle of your interview trail – I didn’t do this and had my top program interviews at the very beginning and it was super stressful. You get better and less nervous with time, but don’t put your top interviews at the very end either, people (including the interviewers!) tend to get more tired!
  • PRACTICE QUESTIONS! Know what you’re going to say! Do research on the program, specialty, and on typical questions. I was asked things like:
    • Why are you interested in our specialty?
    • Why our program?
    • Why should we pick you?
    • Define ‘hard work’? ‘team work’?
    • Behavioral / Scenario questions
    • What draws you to this location?
  • TELL STORIES: for each question, I had a story to tell. I think people remember you much better when they can associate you with an awesome story (they’ll remember a thrilling tale much better than an applicant giving a generic answer). I’ve noticed that programs are trending towards behavioral questions – where all you have to do is give an example of time when you did ____ and the consequences of your actions. Be prepared for this!
  • DON’T LOSE YOUR HEAD: If a question throws you for a loop. Take a moment, you can even ask for a second to think, collect your thoughts and start talking. There were times I didn’t know where I was going with what I was saying, but I just tried to appear collected! Hopefully that’s what the interviewers thought too!
  • GETTING INTERVIEWS: Sometimes you may not hear back from a program (after you submit your ERAS) you really wanted. You can send an email to the program coordinator or call them and tell them you’re super interested in their program. This may not help, but I got one interview this way – by expressing interest!
  • DOING AUDITIONS: In the DO/ osteopathic world, this is CRUCIAL. You NEED to do auditions to get interviews. It actually works quite differently – DO programs are looking for candidates they know well. Also, DO programs tend to schedule multiple student auditioners at the same time (which can make things really difficult in terms of standing out). MD programs don’t tend to do this – you’re often the only SUB-I there, so you can really shine – but this also means that there are fewer spots to audition! So make a great impression during your rotation there! Some MD programs take this into account as well and will give you an interview simply because you did an audition. Others won’t give you a courtesy interview even if you’ve spent a month with them.

Well, this is what I could come up with! Please feel free to add!

Thanks!

-P

Step/Level 1 EXAMS

Hi All,

A friend of mine who is studying for step 1/ level 1 exams requested that we do a post on it! Please pitch in any thoughts/ideas/advice! Thanks!

Question: As a DO student, should I take both (USMLE and COMLEX) exams? 

Answer: You have to take COMLEX, USMLE is optional. In my opinion (please take this with a grain of salt), with the merger and the increasing number of programs that accept COMLEX, I think it will be easier to just take the COMLEX. HOWEVER, if you are interested in competitive MD programs (especially those in California), you will most likely need to take USMLE. It looks better if you only take COMLEX than if you do poorly on the USMLE. I was told that as a DO, you need to do EXCEPTIONALLY well on the USMLE. Remember, the USMLE is a very, very difficult test. Though the concepts of both exams are the same, the way the questions are asked and the level of knowledge needed for the USMLE, makes it challenging to study for both. So if you are going to take both, work really hard on the USMLE questions. Your school exams will begin to prep you for the COMLEX, so its style of questions may seem more familiar to you.

Q: What resources should I use? 

A: Qbanks! Use UWorld and do ALL the questions. Go through them, the answers, then rinse and repeat! Use with First Aid – lots of great mnemonics! Some folks like Secrets as it is in paragraph form. Stick to one book and your Qbank and know them inside-out. For COMLEX, use First Aid. I used Combank and really liked it. You should also use an OMM resource- you can use the ever famous Green book, OMM notes from school, and/or this great book I found on Amazon (and asked my school to buy for our library) called: COMLEX OMM Review Guide (by Lauren Smith). It was really concise and useful! Again, keep it simple, don’t overdo it in terms of resources, you will get overwhelmed! Use a few and know them well. So, in summary:

  1. Qbanks: UWorld for USMLE, Combank for COMLEX
  2. First Aid
  3. COMLEX OMM Review Guide or Green Book or notes for COMLEX OMM portion

Q: How should I schedule my exams? 

A: It depends. I took USMLE first, waited about 2 weeks and prepped for OMM/did COMLEX questions, then took COMLEX. This worked well for me, but I will say USMLE was very challenging for me. The breaks between are a little more flexible for the USMLE though (you can take them when you want). We didn’t have too much time to study for the exams before our next year started, so I didn’t feel I had enough time to prepare. Work with your school to see if there is some flexibility in starting your third year (or whenever you need to take it). You might even be able to take an elective during that time that gives you more flexibility. I highly recommend that you take your exams once you feel comfortable. Take an assessment through your Qbank a few weeks before to ensure that your projected score is within your target range! I took one from UWORLD for USMLE a few weeks before and it predicted my score with 100% accuracy! Make sure you are ready!! You can even take your COMLEX after your 2nd year, then wait a few months, prep really well, then take the USMLE (just beware you might run out of steam – I know someone who didn’t end up following through with USMLE). You can take them closer together as well – Nari (correct me if I’m wrong!), took them both with less time between – please feel free to reach out to her for advice on doing that.

Q: How should I prepare? 

A: Rigorously! These tests are really tough and you need to make sure that doors are open to you. Make a schedule. Stick to it. Work with your school to come with a great schedule. Include time for breaks and assessments to ensure you are progressing towards your target score. Some folks use resources like DIT (Doctor’s In Training) or Kaplan, but they maybe outside your budget range. Remember, if you are prepping for both: the content (subject matter) is the same, it’s just asked/assessed differently on the exams. Spend most of your time on questions. Understand WHAT the question is asking you, then you can apply your knowledge easily. Try to simulate the exam every week or every 2 weeks – you need to be able to sit for hours and focus. Also try to take some time to relax, meditate, exercise and take care of yourself. If you’re not in the right head space, it’s hard to focus and assimilate information. I also recommend getting the First Aid book at least a year in advance and using it for your coursework. I had classmates who did this and were very successful on their exams because they knew their resources inside-out. Our school had a systems-based learning system for our second year (we took the exams after second year), which meant we had a month of cardio, renal, pulmonary, etc. Using a text like First Aid during your school year (not just to prep for the boards) is a fantastic way to figure out what’s important/what’s not as relevant for testing/etc. Make good use of your resources! Invest in yourself early!

I can’t really think of anything else. Want to keep this post simple! Hope this helps! Please let us know if there’s anything else you want to know and we’ll address it!

Good luck and happy studying! You’ll rock it!

-P

Peds ER in Oakland

Hi All,

This November I did a rotation at Oakland Children’s Hospital in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. It was a really incredible experience!

I drove from San Jose everyday (about 1 hour without traffic, but coming home was always at peak traffic times, so it could take up to 2 hours) and was scheduled almost every day of the month. The commute was tough (got into an accident on my first day), but I really liked being home with my family, so I stuck it out.

The rotation itself was intense–I think any ER rotation will be–we saw traumas, sickle cell crises (the hospital is known for treating this), lacerations, viral/bacterial infections (a lot of these) and asthma exacerbations.

One of the patients I triaged was a teenager with tingling and numbness in her feet and hands. She had difficulty walking too. She had gone to her pediatrician and was told that she couldn’t get an MRI for a few weeks, but her symptoms just kept getting worse, which is why her mom brought her to the ER. It didn’t sound like an infection or Lyme disease… so we did an MRI and ended up finding giant mass on her cervical spine. It was such a heartbreaking experience.

Another patient was really young and had gotten her fingers crushed in a door. She was autistic and this happened at school. The moment I saw her face, my heart melted. She was so good and so quiet, didn’t even cry, even though her fingers were crushed and bleeding. It wasn’t until her mother came (hours later) and she thought it was time to go home (but we didn’t let her leave just yet) that she finally started crying in frustration. Yet another heart breaking experience.

We had two traumas come in around the same time one day. The first was a Black child who was sitting in the back seat of a car without a seat belt. The car hit a semi in front of it and the glass shattered everywhere. The second was a White child who was riding a bike and got hit by a car. This child was wearing a helmet. I remember the parents of both these children rushing into the hospital. The Black child’s mother came in and this little boy kept apologizing to his mother, saying that he had messed up and that it was his fault for not wearing a seat belt. The White child’s mother and father came in together and their son just kept repeating that he was ok. Both families are from Oakland. They may live a few miles apart. But what a stark difference in their experiences, behaviors, and support systems. Why can’t we provide all our children with the same opportunities? With the same knowledge?

We also had cases of non-accidental trauma (child abuse) that shook me to my core. We had several suicidal and depressed children as well. I couldn’t wrap my head around this. One of the patients I was working with had been passed from foster home to foster home and her parents were drug addicts. Many children were malnourished but most were obese, eating what they could, just trying to survive. I grew up with parents who sacrificed everything to raise us, who always (to this day) put us first and it is so unthinkable to me that parents would harm their children. To have it in the back of your head as a provider that maybe a parent isn’t telling you the entire truth is so hard to wrap my head around.

All in all, this experience really brought to light many of the social issues that come with raising children. Honestly, when you are dealt a crappy hand, sometimes all you can do is just try to survive and raise your kids the best you can. But as much as I loved my outpatient third year pediatrics rotation in the small town of Walla Walla which had a lot of loving, supportive, mostly White families focused on raising their children and providing them with opportunities, not every child is getting the love and support that they need and deserve. Sometimes the situation just isn’t great at home. Coming from a single-parent household, I absolutely see the benefits of a middle-class, two parent home (and there are days that I wish I had that). I guess what I am rambling about led me to the conclusion that I am not strong enough to handle pediatrics. I think I went home crying more often than not during this rotation. Kids are more than just their broken arm or their 4-day cold or their cervical mass–they are the epitome of purity–creatures that need love, guidance, patience, and support. It broke my heart when they did not receive these things. And as providers–in every specialty–it’s our job to ensure that the children in our communities are getting those things. It truly takes a village to raise a child–I can absolutely speak to that–I grew up with aunties from our spiritual group driving me home from school everyday, cooking for our family every week, taking us to doctor’s appointments, babysitting my sister, and teaching me how to cook and clean. Without my support system, my village, I wouldn’t have the opportunities I have today.

So for every child that is part of my community, I promise to be part of your village. I promise to stand up for you, to work with your schools to teach you about your health, to work with your parents and to pay as much attention as I can to you and your needs, regardless of what specialty I go into. May you all be loved, supported, and taken care of. May you grow up to be happy, healthy, whole individuals. May you grow to leave this world in a better state than what you found it in. May you do good and great things.

-P

 

California Eating

Hi All!

Hope everyone is doing well!!

I just completed my second audition rotation and had a great experience in Southern California. I stayed with a family friend from my spiritual group, whom I call Akka (big sister) and had a blast with her. I got YUMMY food everyday (she’s an amazing cook and knew the best places for a vegetarian girl to check out!), got to see LA (went to South Bay, Mother’s Beach in Long Beach, Cerritos, got lost and drove past Griffith Park, explored Sunset Blvd, and many more!), and met some amazing people along the way! In true EDC spirit, here are some photos and food recommendations from the month:

Akka’s peanut Thai noodles with veggies, avocado, and tofu

Akka’s aloo poha (flat rice and potato) with homemade lemon pickle

Akka’s Mac + Cheese with avocado salad

Trader Joe’s masala veggie burger with sweet potato fries, grilled veggies, and salad

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Eating pizza at Green Peas Casual Dining in LA (got the Green Peas pizza – it had pumpkin seeds, avocado, and other veggies with the perfect crust!)

Eating at Soup Plantation with a new friend from Australia

Eating Indian food with new friends
Boba!!!
Enjoying Jeni’s ice cream with new med student friends! If you’re ever in LA, check it out! Unique flavors like “Wildberry Lavender” and “Brown Butter Almond Brittle” were SO GOOD!

Also got to visit branches of my spiritual group in Southern California, work with kids and teach them some music, and visit the beach!!

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Got to make SOME time for studying….

I also got to eat at:

-Poquito Mas (awesome Mexican food!)

-Messhall (got a tasty veg stew with pea fritters – tasted really good!)

-Churro Borough (another great ice cream place)

-Rockwell (tasty fries and grilled cheese, bar foods)

-Tree House Thai (super good soup – Tom Kha Gai)

So much AMAZING food!!!! Happy eating!!!

EDC love!

-Priya