Monthly Archives: January, 2014

Courage

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton

Organ of Corti

I’m always on the lookout for great YouTube videos, and found this gem this morning. For anyone looking to better understand the auditory system or more specifically, the Organ of Corti, check it out!

The Brachial Plexus Made Easy!

Want to learn the brachial plexus? Check out this video! I’ve also made a pdf file of the drawing done in the video that you can print off and save. Just click the link.

Brachial Plexus

I’m starting a “Medical Resources” page that will contain the file above, as well as any future helpful documents I create or encounter during my own studies. Enjoy!

My Thoughts On People Who “Don’t Read”

Let me premise my argument with the fact that I was once a person who didn’t read for fun. The only reading I claimed to do was reading that I was required to do for my classes. In hindsight, that wasn’t true, as I’m sure it isn’t true for most others.

Unless you are illiterate, in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog, you’re a reader. Think about it for a second. News articles, magazines, billboards…. each requires you to read. A self-proclaimed nonreader might exclaim, “But that doesn’t count!” Why shouldn’t it count? The fact of the matter is that everyone reads, but they only read material they’re interested in. Sports fanatics read news articles, parents reading parenting magazines, scientists read science journals, and so on and so on. What many people fail to realize is that the short articles they find so interesting are in fact just smaller version of numerous books. It seems like most people hear the word “book” and immediately think of nonfiction stories or educational textbooks. The fact of the matter is that there are books dedicated to every subject matter you could imagine! 

My point is simply this: everyone reads, even self-proclaimed “nonreaders”. More often than not, they just haven’t found the right book!

I’m a perfect example of someone who was essentially force fed various books throughout my education that led to my thinking I just didn’t like reading. The reality was that I just didn’t like reading the books I was being given. Once I discovered there were books I actually enjoyed reading, the damage had been done. I’d become a reader. 

I don’t mean to say that everyone will have an insatiable desire to read once they find a subject matter they enjoy. Some people enjoy reading more than others to be sure. However, I do think that everyone enjoys books if they can simply find the right books. 

My Bittersweet Education

I officially begin classes again tomorrow!

I must say that I’ve loved being on Christmas break, most specifically because I got to spend so much time with my family. Although I do look forward to continuing my medical education, it is always difficult leaving my wife and 3 month old little girl. It’s definitely much more difficult making the trip back after having spent so much time together over the last few weeks. At the same time, they are constantly serving as a strong motivator to do great things with my life!

It’s absolutely crazy to see a child develop, and the impact is even greater when it’s your own baby. My little girl is already becoming so interactive, and her smile is absolutely contagious. I look forward to seeing her continue to grow into what I’m sure will be a wonderful young lady like her mother!

For any premed or med students out there, make sure to cherish time you spend with family and friends. Never get so caught up in school that you forget about the things that make life worth living. We are all meant to be sociable creatures who develop lasting relationships, whether the relationship be romantic, intellectual, or anything else. It’s the interactions with others that develop our character, and will serve us throughout our lives, including helping us to be better physicians.

Biochemistry Complete!

This post is long overdue since I finished classes on Dec. 13, but I’ve been taking full advantage of my Christmas break away from school!

I finished up biochemistry, which went much better than histology. I actually really enjoy biochemistry and had taken it during undergrad which definitely helped! My professor in undergrad was awesome, but very tough since he wanted to prepare all of us for grad school. Looking back, I’m so glad! It seemed like there were much more clinically related aspects to this course compared to anatomy and histology, something I enjoyed. Although there were many detailed mechanisms that didn’t exactly hold my attention, I learned a lot of interesting material.

The complexity of the body is truly fascinating. It’s pretty remarkable that so many processes can occur in such a balanced way. Each time you think something couldn’t possibly get more intricate, you learn something else that makes it even more amazing. The more I learn, the more I thank God for making the world so complex and giving me the ability to learn everything I can about it. I know many people in the field of science and medicine lose faith in God or may have never believed in Him at all. For me, each thing I learn is an affirmation that we couldn’t be here with Him guiding our creation.

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