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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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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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

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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Sunday Reading 10.13.19

Sunday Reading 10.13.19

Happy Sunday! Wishing this was my view right now, but alas I’ve spent the entire weekend moving from my couch to my desk to my kitchen table to study for tomorrow’s GI final. I’m hoping to fit in a quick workout today and watched most of the Florida-LSU football game last night, but other than that it’s been a lot of the sitting and studying.

BUT no matter what is going on in my life, I read the New York Times with my coffee every Sunday morning. Not even a Monday morning exam like I have tomorrow will keep me from this little routine – I especially love the Sunday Routine in the New York section. While I love chatting about health policy happenings and medical school, there is so much more that I want to share. I’m hoping to get back into my This Week in Health Policy series and have a lot of great posts planned for #MPHMonday, but I also want to share fun, interesting, and newsworthy items that might have nothing to do with health (policy or care). So let’s give it a whirl, shall we??

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The Weekend Grind

Hello hello! I’m currently procrastinating watching neuro lectures by writing this post and finishing up a patient write-up assignment. In addition to learning how to take a history from a patient (what your doctor is doing when they ask you all the questions) and how to perform the physical exam, we have to perfect the art of putting it all down on paper. It’s all the stuff that ends up in your medical record. Do yourself a favor and watch this hysterical cartoon of a new medical student taking a patient history!

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Things I’m Loving Lately

Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a great week. Since I got back from Europe on Wednesday night, I’ve been getting my life back in order (so much laundry) and studying for an exam this afternoon. I’ll have a recap of my days in Barcelona up soon, but in the meantime, here are just a few things I’ve been loving lately!

  • Sara Bareilles’ new album Amidst the Chaos was released this week and I’ve probably already listened to it 40 times. Since her last album, she wrote the music and lyrics for Waitress on Broadway and even starred in the production! I was lucky enough to see her as Jenna and it was magical. Everything she writes is gold and this is no exception. She was the musical guest on SNL last weekend and no lie she sounds the same live as on the recording. That takes serious talent. Go listen now!
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A Foodie Experience in Genoa

Ciao from Genoa, Italy! I’m spending my spring break tagging along on my dad’s business trip to be my mom’s travel buddy — super lucky that it happens to be in Italy and then Barcelona for a few days! We’ve spent time in Genoa before, so we were looking for a new way to experience the historic port city this trip. Enter A Small Kitchen in Genoa.

You can’t come to Italy and not eat amazing food — but what about learning to cook authentic Italian food? I love to cook and bake, so when I found Enrica’s Market-to-Table cooking class, I knew my mom and I had to book it. We met up with Enrica and another mom and daughter from the U.S. by the Mercato Orientale to start our immersion into Genovese cooking.

But first: coffee and pastries at Pasticceria Tagliafico. We enjoyed an espresso the proper Italian way (standing at the counter) and some delicious brioche treats.

Fueled by caffeine and sugar, we walked across the street to the the Mercato Orientale to start our shopping.

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