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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 […]

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 […]

The Right Place

I’m almost done with interviews, two more to go this week, and I almost got stuck in the southeast due to snow storms recking havoc on flight plans. Luckily the good old Visa card has the power to just purchase another ticket on another airline, instead of waiting here in Charlottesville for 2 more days […]

The Interview Trail

Here I am in a Midwestern city, just finished yet another day of interviews. I am only halfway through all  my interviews, and yet I feel like I have been dancing this dance forever. After a few they all seem to blur together, faces, names, and program details. I think I finally understand when last […]

Board Exams….Part 2

I’m on day #7 of a 3 week stint of studying for the second board exam. You’re probably thinking, wait didn’t you already do this exam? Yup, already did it last year, and it’s that time again. There’s even one more board exam that has to be done prior to being able to practice medicine; […]

Residency Applications

Well, I can finally breath a small sigh of relief, now that I have a few residency interviews scheduled. You may or may not recall that a few postings ago I wrote about having to have tremendous patience with the process of applying to residency, and that is such an understatement. Super, super, super, patience […]