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Friday marks the end of 3 months of sleep deprivation, 18 hour work days, 24 hour calls and getting pimped a.k.a. the Surgery Clerkship. I figured I would post some pics from the experience.

1. Assisting on a total thyroidectomy for papillary thyroid carcinoma.
2. An epic tape ball I made on a slow weekend Call day.
3. That time I ripped my scrubs and sutured them back together.
4. Just hanging in the changing room pre-operation.
5. The hospital around 3 or 4am on a night call.
6. Learning how to use the laparoscopic trainer.
7. My buddy Aaron at 5:30am rounds on the floors.
8. Two MSIII’s and a PGY5 Surgical Resident in June when we were the only people covering 3 floors of surgical patients on nights.

Since my first two weeks on Surgery were in the clinic, today was my first day on the wards other than for rounds and my first day in the OR since basic sciences. I got to scrub in on a pretty sweet knee arthroplasty for a patient who had torn both her medial and lateral meniscus.

By the time we wrapped up it was after sign out for everyone not on night float so I had the laparoscopic trainer to myself for 35-45min. Finally got the hang of it by the end. I’ve got 10 more weeks on surgery to keep practicing and hopefully figure out laparoscopic throws and lap instrument ties. Threw this together while practicing using iPhone5, 8mm video app, VideoSound app, and Beastie Boys’ “Body Movin.”

With USMLE Step 1 over—and killed—and a few weeks before my core clinical rotations start in NYC, I’m attempting to keep busy with random undertakings and stuff I didn’t have time fore during the first two years of med school. They vary from sticking to a legit guitar practice schedule to relearning basic French via Duolingo to refinishing a Telecaster. 

The latest is tackling Mark Z. Danielewski’s 700 page ergodic opus of a novel, “House of Leaves,” complete with it’s hundreds of footnotes, Braille, snippets of letters and poetry, 3 appendices and 40 page index.  Just flipping through and seeing how crazy the layout and the myriad of fonts and stylistic changes, I feel like it should keep me busy for at least a week.

With USMLE Step 1 over—and killed—and a few weeks before my core clinical rotations start in NYC, I’m attempting to keep busy with random undertakings and stuff I didn’t have time fore during the first two years of med school. They vary from sticking to a legit guitar practice schedule to relearning basic French via Duolingo to refinishing a Telecaster.

The latest is tackling Mark Z. Danielewski’s 700 page ergodic opus of a novel, “House of Leaves,” complete with it’s hundreds of footnotes, Braille, snippets of letters and poetry, 3 appendices and 40 page index. Just flipping through and seeing how crazy the layout and the myriad of fonts and stylistic changes, I feel like it should keep me busy for at least a week.

My buddy detailing his plans for after the USMLE Step 1 exam superimposed over our 12hr Challenge picture at the end of MS2.

My buddy detailing his plans for after the USMLE Step 1 exam superimposed over our 12hr Challenge picture at the end of MS2.

We're In Med School

  • Raj: Why do you have Spider Man bubble-bath?
  • Me: They were out of X-Men bubble-bath.
  • Raj: Oh, that makes sense.
  • Me: Obviously.
Another day on the medical boards grind. Today’s menu includes neurology and pharmacology. #12hourstudydays

Another day on the medical boards grind. Today’s menu includes neurology and pharmacology. #12hourstudydays

Myself and some of the boys decided to take a Medical Spanish elective course during 5th semester which required putting together a video for our final project. Being us, we decided to go a little bit above and beyond what was expected and filmed a seven minute Spanish soap opera entitled Falcon Hospital, complete with a random Herpes commercial in the middle. Why? Why not?! This marks the 5th or 6th one we’ve done as #YOLIDO Films (You Only Live In Dominica Once) and the first we’ve done back in the states as the Lambo Knights.

As this is probably the last one we will film before we all hunker down and start studying for USMLE Step 1, we’re trying to get as many people to check it out as possible. We were aiming for 500 hits when we posted it to YouTube yesterday and are already at 396 but we wanna see how many we can rack up. We’ve included English subtitles for those who don’t speak Spanish—which after only 1 semester, we clearly don’t.

So, if you like ridiculous student films, med school parodies, Spanish telenovelas, watching grown men slap each other to dramatic music, Enrique Iglesias, chocolate or freedom, check it out and pass it along.

-34th & Now, #Yolido Films, Lambo Knights

The life and times of a medical student studying in Florida…

Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress. When I get fed up with one, I spend the night with the other.
Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

Well that about sums up Medical School….

"The chinese food was late. The bass was missing. The van broke down. The bass broke one minute before they went on. And then it broke again. The monitors were too low. The second set was played in complete darkness. But the beer? The beer was free. It was a night they’d never forget, if they could only remember it." - VH1 Behind the Music, Barry Badrinath & The ZJ’s 

Here’s some pics from last night’s show at Mystery Lane in Portsmouth, Dominica. The band changes it’s name for every show; last night we were Barry Badrinath & The ZJ’s. In true medical school fashion, we had to perform emergency MacGuyver surgery on both the van and the bass guitar, but in the end we pulled it off and sounded better than we ever have. The highlight was probably “Fat Bottomed Girls” where we all switched instruments with our keyboard player hopping on guitar, our guitarist hopping on bass, our drummer on vocals and me on the drums.

Set 1:
Misirlou (Dale Dick) —>
Take Me Out (Franz Ferdinand) —>
Woman (Wolfmother) —>
Roadhouse Blues (The Doors) —>
Hey Ya (Andre 3000)
When I Come Around (Green Day)
Fat Bottomed Girls (Queen)
Say It Ain’t So (Weezer)
Rolling in the Deep (Adele)
Dammit (Blink 182)

Set 2:
Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
Paint it Black (Rolling Stones)
Steady as She Goes (Raconteurs)
Proud Mary (CCR)
Rebel Yell (Billy Idol)
What’s My Age Again (Blink 182)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance (Tom Petty)
House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)
Pursuit of Happiness (Kid Cudi)

SOAP NOTES - MS2

  • Diaz: That's not Ice Cube, it's WC.
  • Ratliff: Wilt Chamberlain? I thought he was taller and more...dead
  • Me: Dude, we haven't learn how to tell if someone's dead yet. That's ICM Week 11. Don't pull a Mohan.
  • Ratliff: (gives SOAP note)
  • Ratliff: S - They didn't say anything the whole time
  • Ratliff: O - poor skin turgor, no lung sounds, no thrills/impulses, BP 0/0, no fetor hepaticus, normal distribution of hair.
  • Ratliff: A - They're dead.
  • Ratliff: P - Floating bonfire Viking burial, patient education via a pamphlet on heart healthy diets, and schedule follow up in 2 weeks.
  • Me: Hmm..you forgot to check for nystagmus. We're gonna have to dock you 2 points.

#martinguitars

With our 3rd midterm a month out, we’ve got a little room to breathe finally. My good buddy and fellow medical student, Richard, is a great photographer and was looking to ad to his portfolio while we had some time off so I agreed to help him out and brought out my Martin LXM Little Martin. We shot these in the back of campus down by the beach. You can see more of his stuff at www.richardtyi.com

BREAKING NEWS: The Ross University Medical School campus Subway currently has Dixie cup lids for their coffee complete with slide to cover the hole so you don’t burn the ever loving shit out of your hand walking back to the library/classrooms. Considering we live on a remote pseudo 3rd-world islandand drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day this isliterally one of the best things that’s happened all semester.

BREAKING NEWS: The Ross University Medical School campus Subway currently has Dixie cup lids for their coffee complete with slide to cover the hole so you don’t burn the ever loving shit out of your hand walking back to the library/classrooms.

Considering we live on a remote pseudo 3rd-world islandand drink 3-5 cups of coffee a day this isliterally one of the best things that’s happened all semester.

So the 4th semesters just flash-mobbed to “Call Me Maybe” in the fishbowl led by Tito a.k.a. Carlos Rae Jepson and Sean. I swear Tito listens to this song more than anyone I know.

Med School

  • Me: How was your test?
  • 3rd Semester: Sucked shit.
  • Me: Nice, dude.
  • 3rd Semester: Yeah, I really enjoyed it.
  • Me: Drinkin'?
  • 3rd Semester: Yup.