This blog is normally about technology, medicine, and new innovations, but I’m taking an aside today. Perhaps it’s the fact that I am currently meeting new MS1s at OHSU that I feel like imparting this right now - take the time to enjoy life. 
One of my really good friends - that’s me carrying him above - stayed with me in Portland for the past few days. Despite being mired in cardiology for the past two weeks, I took time off from school to show him around. We had a blast, discovered a lot, and made some really good memories. I even convinced him, a diehard California stalwart, that living in Portland would be amazing. I didn’t get a lick of studying done.
Here’s the thing; medicine will always be there, opportunities to make memories with friends won’t.
If you’re stuck between memorizing verapamil’s calcium channel blocking mechanism and entertaining a friend on a road trip across America, choose the latter.
If you’re deciding between staying in the same place for break or flying 1,000 miles to discover someplace new with someone familiar, go the distance.
Say yes to making memories. Say yes to making connections. Don’t let medical school run your life, because medicine isn’t going anywhere. The ones who care about you, and the ones you care about, are.
Join them. There’s always UpToDate for later; speaking of which, I need to get back to studying.  High-res

This blog is normally about technology, medicine, and new innovations, but I’m taking an aside today. Perhaps it’s the fact that I am currently meeting new MS1s at OHSU that I feel like imparting this right now - take the time to enjoy life

One of my really good friends - that’s me carrying him above - stayed with me in Portland for the past few days. Despite being mired in cardiology for the past two weeks, I took time off from school to show him around. We had a blast, discovered a lot, and made some really good memories. I even convinced him, a diehard California stalwart, that living in Portland would be amazing. I didn’t get a lick of studying done.

Here’s the thing; medicine will always be there, opportunities to make memories with friends won’t.

If you’re stuck between memorizing verapamil’s calcium channel blocking mechanism and entertaining a friend on a road trip across America, choose the latter.

If you’re deciding between staying in the same place for break or flying 1,000 miles to discover someplace new with someone familiar, go the distance.

Say yes to making memories. Say yes to making connections. Don’t let medical school run your life, because medicine isn’t going anywhere. The ones who care about you, and the ones you care about, are.

Join them. There’s always UpToDate for later; speaking of which, I need to get back to studying. 

What do you take to school everyday?

Asked by Anonymous

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Going left to right: 

1. Cell phone

2. Wallet

3. OHSU ID Card

4. iPad Air with a Samsung branded cover sleeve (I’m a rebel like that).

5. Assorted pens - three serve as styluses. One of them is also a penlight, you know, in case I want to check some pupillary reflexes here and there.

6. Bike headlight - works as a flashlight when I’m not riding.

7. Wireless bluetooth headphones - wire tangles are gone and the sound quality is pretty good!

8. Satchel

Once clinic starts, you can add a stethoscope, white coat, and tiny note pad to the mix as well.

In total, this weighs less than 4 pounds. I’m into keeping my education as paperless as possible and it’s been serving me well so far.

Feel free to keep asking questions.

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