Introducing Armistice

Don’t let food and coffee fight. You’ve probably realized that I see post call days as a chance to reacquaint myself with life away from the hospital. I emphasize cooking, crafting cocktails, exercise, and getting outside in the Post Call Day series. One of the things I never miss out on a post call day is exceptional coffee, a glaring …

PAO! Study for your next test with professional memory techniques

I’ve unknowingly used the term “mnemonic” incorrectly my entire life. I equated it with any acronym that helps you remember stuff, which is correct except for the entire part about it being an acronym. Mnemonics, really, are anything that helps you remember something–they’re not limited to cheesy acronyms like “RTDCB = Randy Travis Drinks Cold Beer.” And a mnemonist, a …

The MiM Manifesto

Have four minutes? Great. I think I can change your life. The core values that embody this site: Our careers demand most of our attention. We still want to live well now while preparing to live epically (is that a word?) Our time is our most valuable asset. Financial wellness is a key to our future career happiness.   My …

January 2018: Cozy Waffles, IRB Nightmares, and Looking for Nature’s Lost Signs

Professional Dealing with an IRB (internal review board) is just as painful as everyone says it is. This past month I began my research project, a requirement for our oral surgery program. I spent several hours on filling out forms, waited two weeks for the required signatures, and strolled into the IRB office with a completed application: seven different worksheets …

The Plumber and the Plastic Surgeon

A cautionary tale, or mathematical parable? I recently experienced an inexcusable judgmental moment, one that could be a learning opportunity for all of us, unless you’re not as ignorant as I was. As you’ve probably guessed, it all started with a toilet problem. The details do not beg elaboration. I hired a plumber to install a new 1.8 gpf porcelain throne. Sometimes I …