On the pull of the OR (or consideration of a life in surgery)

The Surgery rotation has been treating me well. For my inpatient immersion, I’m assigned to Surgical Oncology, so lots of tumor resections, addressing complications of tumors, or prophylactically removing tissue in case of cancer. The residents are busy and as considerate as they can be. I try to stay out of their way and not make myself their problem. The attendings are busy as well and do not play unnecessary games.

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Aleks Bacewicz On Death


Aleks Bacewicz! Aleks is a 28yo fourth year medical student, future psychiatrist, and dancer. I rotated through Consult Liaison Psychiatry with her and we both grappled with a difficult case (20171008 – On “Jim”). During this conversation, we discuss her Polish heritage, her love of pole, and her restorative Sunday practices.

I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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On existential crises and canine companions (or Neuro/Psych: a post-mortem)

Over this long weekend between rotations, we hosted two little dogs and one little brother. A rowdy female Pug, a nervous Pomeranian, and a combined masters/PhD student from the University of Virginia. The house felt full of love.

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Katrina Wachter On Death


Katrina Wachter! Katrina is a 24yo third year medical student, a musician, a second Lieutenant in the US Army, and a Christian. I’ve known her since the very first days of med school as she is my peer pair partner for the SELECT program. She’s an outstanding example of a human and I am so glad to finally bring her to you. During this conversation, we discuss the value of deep breathing and journaling, her encounters with death, and her desires for a family.

I hope you enjoy! 😀

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