Books I’ve Loved Lately

Books I’ve Loved Lately

I have always loved to read. One of my biggest regrets in life is losing a summer book reading contest in elementary school. I lost by one book to the librarian’s daughter (which, come on, not fair!). All jokes aside, I really do love to read and got back into my voracious habit during the quarantine months thanks to Becca and Grace of Bad on Paper podcast. I’ve got stacks of books all over the apartment that I’m working my way through. I’ve been updating my Goodreads (feel free to follow me!) but thought I would share some of my book highlights of the past few months. It’s been a lot of rom coms, royal-themed reads, and breezy books that don’t require too much thought but definitely leave you feeling attached.

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The Friday Five 11.27.20

The Friday Five 11.27.20

I hope you had a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving yesterday! I stayed in my bubble to enjoy some delicious food, watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade (my favorite part is always the Broadway performances!), and relax with my latest read. Instead of a traditional Thanksgiving meal (which I hope we can all agree is not traditional based on the realities of 1620…), I created a menu of Asian-inspired dishes from the Dining In and Six Seasons cookbooks. Throw in some good wine and conversation, and it was the recharge I needed after spending my days on my psychiatry rotation. Here are some things that caught my eye this week!

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Two Interviews On My Journey to Medicine

Two Interviews On My Journey to Medicine

I had such a fun time talking about my journey to medicine with Jenn on the “How Did You End Up There?” podcast the other week! It’s definitely not typical to start out in politics and end up a (almost) physician, but I can’t imagine any other path. I learned many valuable lessons along the way and had the opportunity to delve into interests that I might not have as a pre-med at 18 or as a medical student in my early 20s. We sacrifice a lot to find the time to learn all we can to save and improve lives. You can listen to the episode here – be sure to check out all of the other episodes too! It’s so interesting to get glimpses into other winding career paths.

I was also interviewed by my medical school magazine about my interest in public health and advocacy as a medical student and future physician. As I mention in the article, it is so important for medical students (and all health professionals) to see beyond the four walls of the clinic. Our patients exist in vibrant communities and we have a responsibility to understand how their social interactions and environments impact their health. It’s the main reason I started this blog – to educate and empower the next generation of physicians to do the most good for their patients.

You can read more about my career change here!

The Friday Five 11.20.20

The Friday Five 11.20.20

Happy Friday! We made it to the end of another week! I spent a few days finishing up child psychiatry and then started adult psychiatry. There is so much to learn to best help these patients manage their mental illnesses and I am doing my best to stay on top of the studying. And of course, it’s almost Thanksgiving! I know there is a lot of extra stress and anxiety around how to see family safely or if to see them at all. I listened to this podcast episode with Dr. Fauci and it gave me a lot to think about in terms of how we continue to protect ourselves and our loved ones. And here are a few (well, five) other things I enjoyed this week!

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We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This

We’ve Got to Stop Meeting Like This

And by this, I mean every six months.

But then again, we’ve never lived through a global pandemic for months on end while trying to still live our lives, so I hope you’ll forgive me.

Since I was last here, a lot has happened. I moved back to Miami to start my third year of medical school and after months sitting at home studying for Step 1 (so long, farewell forever!), I was finally able to be in the hospital seeing patients! I started with 10 weeks of internal medicine and hopped between two general inpatient rotations, outpatient primary care, hepatology (liver) clinic, and the cardiology inpatient service. I learned the bread and butter of medicine during those 10 weeks — heart failure, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, infectious disease, liver failure…you name it, I probably saw at least one patient with it. The shift from learning for a multiple choice test to applying it to real patients was a struggle. One minute you have to pick the correct anti-hypertensive for your fake vignette patient, the next it’s a real patient with financial concerns, comorbidities, and a history of medication side effects. All in all, I am happy I started my year off with internal medicine. It offered such a breadth of experiences caring for patients admitted to the hospital, patients needing clinic follow-up for chronic conditions, or specialty care. It set me up perfectly for my next rotation, family medicine.

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Clean Is The New Black

Clean Is The New Black

It’s November, which means it’s officially time to think about holiday shopping! Before you head to the mall, consider shopping small this year with me and giving the gift of safer! When you shop Beautycounter, you’re not only supporting me, you’re supporting a BCorp, voting with your dollars, and looking out for those you love! There are gift sets for literally everyone – teacher, party host, stocking stuffers, teenagers, parents, and more! Here are some of my top picks for everyone on your list.

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Sunday Reading 11.3.19

Sunday Reading 11.3.19

I hope you enjoy the extra hour today thanks to the end of Daylight Savings (unless you have kids, in which case, enjoy that gallon of coffee!). Every year I look up why we have this weird time quirk – check out this great explainer from National Geographic.

My week was a blur of studying (#theusual) with a fun night shadowing labor & delivery sprinkled in, plus some great workouts, a sunset walk, and time with friends. But it left plenty of time to roam around and read the all the news, one of my favorite ways to procrastinate.

The NYC marathon is today, but there is so much more to running in the city that never sleeps.

Chelsea Clinton is exceptional – brilliant, driven, and teeming with passion.

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Sunday Reading (on a Monday…) 10.27.19

Sunday Reading (on a Monday…) 10.27.19

Between some internet issues and a busy weekend, I never got around to publishing this week’s Sunday Reading post. Better late than never, right? I volunteered this weekend at a health fair performing well-woman exams and spent some time basking in the (too hot!) Miami sun at the South Beach Seafood Festival! It was the perfect balance of work and play, but it makes it so much harder to start working down the ol’ to-do list today. So what not start off the inevitable Monday morning procrastination than with some interesting reads?

I made this for dinner last night and it did not disappoint.

I’ve definitely looked through the viewers on my Instagram stories and wondered the same thing.

I got teary watching Meghan Markle try not to cry while talking about the emotional toll of the ruthless British press. She deserves so much better.

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A Lipstick for Every Occasion

A Lipstick for Every Occasion

I have no idea how I came to own six tubes of lipstick…until last year, the only lip color I used regularly was a Clinique lipstick in black honey. A friend in college introduced me to it, so I was going on about 8 years with the same lip color. And other than that, I used Burt’s Bee’s. Pretty simple, but also a little boring.

As I was thinking of upgrading my makeup routine for a more polished look, I decided it was time to make lipstick part of my daily look. But even for the occasional lipstick wearer, you can’t go wrong with Beautycounter’s Sheer Lipstick or Color Intense Lipstick. With more than 20 shades between the two, there’s one for every skin tone and occasion! I’m wearing my new favorite shade Orchid in this picture!

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Sunday Reading 10.20.19

Sunday Reading 10.20.19

Happy Sunday! This past week started off with an exam and ended with the start of a new module. In between, we learned about ethics and legal medicine. It was the perfect break from the never-ending studying and I took full advantage. Yesterday, I headed to the beach for an awesome event that highlighted local seafood and then enjoyed a Halloween movie night with my sorority alumnae chapter. Today I’m off to brunch with two dear friends I rarely get to see before I get myself situated for the week ahead. Hope your weekend is everything you need it to be!

Meghan Markle is a newlywed(ish), new mom, and human being. Of course she’s not okay with the intense media scrutiny and blatant racism of the British tabloids.

Jaw dropping and disturbing to say the least but such an important article. [This article contains descriptions of sexual assault.]

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