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Okay, first off: apologies for not posting yesterday. I got the worst case of food poisoning ever and simply could not function. I’m sure you don’t need to know the details. I’m still recovering today and am freaking out because I did not get a single bit of studying in yesterday and […]

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Was it my ignoring all of his attempts to use me as a prop to stroke his ego this morning?  Or the evil gleam in my eyes?  Whatever it was, my major professor suddenly wised up and relieved me of speech-making duties right before his big event.  Instead, I became official photographer, which was fine […]

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…then don’t say anything at all. I live by those words. Or rather, a variation: if I don’t have anything nice to say, then I can’t and won’t lie and say nice things anyway. I won’t say bad things about you as long as you don’t put me in a position to. […]

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my brain is full

I’ve been studying hardcore (or at least what I would call hardcore) for my quals for the last 11 days and I still feel like I know nothing.  It’s quite depressing.  It all boils down to the fact that I don’t really know how to study for this highly amorphous test.  I now have 85 […]

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Well, because of Grey’s Anatomy, of course! Before you have a heart attack and call me a big fat hypocrite, I’m kidding!
Despite my aversion to blood and guts, I’ve been oddly drawn to surgery ever since I started med school. At first, it was probably because I was surrounded by gunners who all […]

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It’s quite simple: blood freaks me out. No, really. Blood really freaks me out. During our first year of med school, we had these preceptorship things where we would once or twice a quarter shadow a preceptor that we are assigned to in order to get some semblance of clinical exposure during […]

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» The 10 dirtiest jobs in science.  Hey, they forgot to include being your major professor’s bitch.  Okay, I guess that isn’t quite as literally dirty as those on the list, but it sure feels like it is. # 0

» Yum!  Now that’s something I can live with: eating curry to stave off cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers in Singapore found that people (aged 60-93) who ate curry even only occasionally scored higher on the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) than those who never ate curry.  The curry spice, turmeric, contains curcumin, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  And the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease in the elderly in India is fourfold less than that in the United States. # 0

» There’s a great article today about how the MIT Dean of Admissions wants to reduce admissions anxiety in teenagers.  How about parents getting off of their kids’ backs?  That would help.  But I do admire her for trying to create a friendlier system that might just ease the pressure enough to not give parents such reason to push their kids so hard.  Too bad it probably won’t happen any time soon.  And go ahead and try to tell Asian parents to stop pushing their kids to the point of insanity.  I dare you. # 0

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