Dat sh– cray

This sucks–here I thought I had my life figured out and knew exactly what I wanted to do (community pediatrics, 100%), then I finish my psych block and I’m totally in love with it. This is the first time I’ve¬†enjoyed studying for a final. And the first time I feel like I’d be a totally … Continue reading

Venn

The world of Islam and the world of medicine comprise the two most important aspects of my identity. You can imagine how you might lose a sense of self when you observe how little those worlds overlap. Everyday, instead of getting closer together, those worlds seem to get further and further apart. In Islamic circles, … Continue reading

Same old

I haven’t been updating much, and sorry for that for anyone who is checking for regular updates. I watched an Ellen interview with Emma Watson–pretty much my idol and womancrushwednesday EVERY Wednesday–and she was talking about how she maintains something like 30 journals just to preserve her memories. It’s true that I did start this … Continue reading

Playing dress-up

Lately I’ve noticed that the better I look, the better I feel. Rocket science, yes? But seriously, this profession doesn’t take outward appearance lightly, man. Especially the women. Is it any coincidence that the more successful the cardiologist, the higher and sharper her heels are? Most of my female clinician professors seem to be perpetually … Continue reading

January

A second year resident once told me that the hardest year of her life was her R1 year when she lived away from home for the first time, and that hardest time within that year was January. According to her, January is what gets you when you’re living away from friends and family. “If you … Continue reading

Floating?

This is the first break of my life (well, since I started high school) that I haven’t been working. Every summer I work full-time and every winter I’ve always had a part-time job and was able to pick up a lot of hours. These last two weeks, on the other hand… let’s just say I’ve … Continue reading

Series of miracles

I shadowed obstetrics today–and for the first time, my shadowing experience actually made me MORE inclined towards a specialty than away from it! It is definitely on the table, especially as a +1 if I end up doing family. And most surprisingly, I feel like delivering a baby is actually pretty dang easy! I know … Continue reading

Vaccines of Satan

I don’t know if there is a more heated topic of debate you can get into with someone in health care than the topic of vaccines. And it only makes sense, honestly… it’s not one of those things I can just let go and “live and let live” when I know that the beliefs of … Continue reading

Eid Mubarak, kind of

Tomorrow is Eid al-Adha, one of the two holidays in the Islamic calendar. Tomorrow, I have 5 classes scheduled, as well as a mandatory 2 hour session. I already missed a mandatory session last week as well as 3 classes, because I accompanied my sister to an Islamic event in Calgary that she wasn’t able … Continue reading

Decision (for now):

General pediatrics with a special interest in child and adolescent PTSD.¬† Plan: do community/general pediatrics while living here at home, then take time off to travel the world and treat girls who are victims of human sex trafficking in South Asia and the Middle East. Then, if I start to suffer caregiver burnout, come home … Continue reading