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Shoes for Clinical Duties – Particularly for the Gents

I know this may seem trivial, silly, unimportant or any of a million other descriptive terms you may come up with, but for people like myself, a quality pair of shoes makes the difference between a day of misery and a day of success. Many people decide to just wear tennis shoes, but I wanted to have a shoe that was suitable for wearing with my business casual attire and scrubs without so I wouldn’t need to worry about transporting multiple pairs. Another important feature was the ease with which they could be cleaned since you never know what is going to end up on your footwear in healthcare. Take one look around any facility and I guarantee you’ll see Dansko shoes worn by someone. While these may be fine for some people, I couldn’t bring myself to wearing them. No offense to any guys reading this with a pair in their closet, but those look like girl shoes. Thus, my search began and eventually ended in success!

Gentleman, if you need a pair of shoes for clinical duties, look no further. I researched several pairs of shoes and ultimately decided on Merrel as the brand to test out. Without a doubt, one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve owned and one that meets all of the aforementioned criteria are the Encore Gust Slip-On Shoes available through Amazon.


They are extremely comfortable, very easy to clean, durable and at $100, they’re actually cheaper than most Dansko shoes anyway. I can’t comment on the other similar pairs sold by Merrell, but I imagine there are other great choices as well. I know the “EVA footbed” of the pair I purchased is a big reason for the comfort, so you might want to be sure you purchase a pair with this feature as well. Anyways, if you’re in the market for some quality shoes, I highly suggest you give these a shot!


Book Review: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

I’m almost a dad! My wife is due at the end of September with our baby girl, and I start medical school on August 12. Therefore, while I still have some free time in my life, I decided to do some “educational reading” about being a dad! More specifically, I decided to read about being a dad of a little girl.

I started reading the book Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know by Meg Meeker, MD yesterday evening and I already finished it today. Overall, I thought it was an excellent read and very informative. Boys and girls are extremely different, so why would raising them be the same? This book does an excellent job of explaining the important qualities a father should possess and behavior he should exhibit when raising a girl. I made a lot of highlights throughout the book that I plan to look over from time to time in the future. Although the book is aimed more at raising daughters from age 2 and up, the information was still interesting and helpful for dads-to-be (or even just guys who plan to have kids). The book seems well-researched with a pretty substantial amount of statistical data, and the author is a pediatrician who provides actual patient experiences related to the topics discussed. I definitely recommend this to any girl dads or girl dads-to-be out there!

Here are just a few of the quotes I enjoyed from the book:

“You were made a man for a reason, and your daughter is looking to you for guidance that she cannot get from her mother.”

“But I will tell you that no research paper, no textbook diagnosis, no instructions can begin to change a young girl’s life as dramatically as even a handful of interactions with her father. Nothing.”

“Daughters’ reactions to words, actions, and situations are more complex, reflective, and diverse than those of fathers. She will read a litany of possible meanings into everything you do. When you buy your daughter a bracelet for her birthday, you’ll think of it as a straightforward gift. But she will think of it as fraught with meaning, good or bad.”

“But researchers now know that some girls don’t develop adult cognitive skills until their early twenties.”

“Being a father means giving up your time without resentment.”

“Think about the kind of dad you want to be. Sure, it will take hard work. But love isn’t just about feeling good. It’s about doing what you don’t want to do, over and over again, if it needs to be done, for the sake of someone else. Love is really about self-sacrifice.”

The quotes above are actually all within the first 3 chapters too, so there are a lot more throughout the rest of the book!


Book Review – Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan

Imagine succumbing to an illness that slowly and methodically strips you of the characteristics that define you until you’re teetering on the edge of insanity and waking up tied down to a hospital bed. This is the true story presented by Susannah Cahalan, a New York Post reporter plagued with a life-threatening illness in the prime of her life.

This narrative is an astonishing & detailed account of the author’s personal fight against anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. This devastating & potentially lethal illness is an autoimmune disease that wasn’t officially discovered until 2007. Patients of the disease exhibit a variety of symptoms, most notably being psychiatric complications and seizures.

The scariest part about this illness is the fact that is can be easily overlooked by physicians, and most likely caused numerous misdiagnoses prior to its discovery. Imagine experiencing seizures and psychotic episodes, being diagnosed as schizophrenic or bipolar, and in reality you have a curable autoimmune disease.

All neurologists should read this book, but I recommend it to everyone. The story is simply astonishing and extremely insightful. The author presents a sinister situation in an exciting and entertaining manner. Further, she successfully presents scientific information in a way that maintains the readers attention.

Description in a single word: astonishing

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

The author Mary Roach is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.  It seems like she can make even the most mundane facts and information fascinating, and her propensity to research far from typical subject matter (oftentimes, subjects that would make many people queasy) is especially appealing as well.  In this short read, you will learn answers to many questions you may have asked yourself, as well as many more you haven’t thought about before.  Ranging from information regarding eating to bowel movements, chewing to stomach acid, and everything in between, this book is a phenomenal read.  While the information may not be for everyone, those who enjoy anatomy and physiology, this is an excellent book.  As always with books by Mary Roach, this is an entertaining read to say the least.

Please check out my “Recommended Books & Media” page if you haven’t yet!

Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance

This book is an excellent read for anyone interested in healthcare, and I highly recommend it to any and all medical (or premed) students.  At it’s core, the book examines a fundamental goal of any and all physicians in hopes of determining the seemingly simple concept of how they can do better.  The author divides this core concept of doing better into qualities and characteristics that doctors should strive to develop and maintain throughout their career and continuing education.  The reader will encounter numerous medical and ethical dilemmas that are discussed in detail, inspiring thought-provoking ideas the entire time.  Multiple controversial topics are included within the text, each consisting of subject matter than all aspiring physicians should make themselves well aware of.  My only personal discontent with this book is when I finished it, simply because I didn’t want it to end.

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