Radiology Holiday

I’m 2 weeks into my second rotation of residency, Radiology, and not yet feeling like a true Intern. Neurology, my first month rotation, was just a tease – I worked long hours (but not as long as what’s to come), ran around between 4 different hospitals, and saw lots of patients, but didn’t really make […]


First Day as a Real Doctor

After one week of a painfully unorganized orientation, about which I won’t bore you with the details, I finally showed up for my first official day of work as a new doctor. I am a starting on a neurology rotation, and because I thought I had another week to prepare before finding out the previous […]


The Big Move

4 days. 2,580 miles. $335 in gas. $122 in food. $337 for hotel. $2200 for a storage pod of our belongings. Moving is expensive! And exhausting! The process all started well over a month ago, when I had to plan how we were going to get to Pittsburgh, and there were several options. On the […]


Dr. Brooke here

Tomorrow will be one week since the graduation of OHSU’s Class of 2011, the day I walked across the stage at a fancy theater in downtown Portland, kneeled in front of a huge crowd, and received a piece of fabric called a “hood” draped across my shoulders. The master of ceremonies, one of the many […]


The Last Time

Although it was several weeks ago, I still remember all the patients I saw on my last day as a medical student. I was working in the Emergency Room at the Veteran’s Hospital, trying to keep up with the heavy influx of patients, most of whom would wait several hours before being seen by myself or […]


Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

I’m two weeks into my last rotation of medical school, Emergency Medicine. But before I launch into a description, I have yet to relay what delight I had in my last rotation, Geriatrics. I had the pleasure of spending several weeks in a long term care facility, taking care of patients who were either permanently […]


Match Day

The day that every medical student painfully waits for. The day our futures are set irreversibly down a path we cannot deter from. The day that we breathe a sigh of relief because we have a job.  The day we cry tears of joy or disbelief or disappointment based on the city where we end […]


Is it worth it?

Last week was wonderful only in the sense that our whole class got together for a week of lectures. Since we’re all spread out over different hospitals and clinics at any given time during 3rd and 4th year of medical school, we don’t often come together. The week was entitled “Transition to Residency” and consisted […]


Body Language

I had the pleasure of recently meeting a well-known and respected physician from Stanford, who is also a writer, having written books such as Cutting for Stone and The Tennis Partner. He came to Eugene Oregon to give a lecture to local physicians entitled “The Physical Exam in A Technological Age,” and several hours prior […]


Vacation’s Over…..Sort Of

I wasn’t actually on vacation since the end of November, but with all the time I had in the last few months to hang out with my family, in between the interview trips, it certainly felt like a long vacation. Now I’m back seeing patients, working with a doctor in a rheumatology clinic (diseases that […]