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FAQ: Ryan’s Residency Pursuits

Ryan and I receive many questions about his residency application process, and we thought it would be helpful to consolidate some of the most frequently asked questions so people can reference them moving forward. Okay, it is mostly our parents

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Away Away (Rotations)

The beginning of Ryan’s fourth year of medical school was dedicated to radiation oncology, learning the fundamentals and auditioning at various programs. Students are encouraged to partake in away rotations, which consist of working as a visiting student in other hospitals,

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Book Review – When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As Ryan travels for his away rotations, I find myself enjoying plenty of reading time. On his recommendation, I recently read When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, a powerful memoir of one man’s transformation from student to doctor to patient and his

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Glimpse of the Future

I would like to take a moment and note just how much is supposed to happen during Ryan’s fourth year of medical school. The excitement about the next year is pretty equally shared between our getting married and Ryan matching to

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Surgery Part 2: Burns

Ryan spent the second month of his surgical rotation in the Burn unit. Patients that end up there may have standard burns or electrical burns, but patients are also sent to this unit for skin and soft tissue infections that can

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Surgery Part 1: Oncology

A long time in the making, we are ready to discuss Ryan’s surgical rotation. The second-to-last rotation of Ryan’s third-year, surgery encompasses the epitome of the medical school stereotype – incredibly long hours, never enough sleep, and exposure to a unique medical

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Neurology

After a fun month of doing Radiation Oncology research, Ryan began his rotation in Neuorology, the medicine of the nervous system. Neurology is another 4-week rotation divided into two 2-week blocks, one in inpatient care and the other in neurology consult

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New Year, New Decisions

Happy New Year! I am happy it is here and still hopeful over a week in that it will kick butt compared to last year (engagement aside and kicking butt being a good thing). And with the new year comes a

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