Students

A Week In The Life

  • Saturday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Frisbee and exploring Discovery Park

    Evening:

     

    Barbeque in the sunshine with MSTP classmates and friends

    Sunday
    All Day
    (or any afternoon after class):

    Less than an hour from Seattle, with a 5-weight fly rod and a box full of flies, cast an elk hair caddis behind an exposed boulder to a beautiful, spirited wild rainbow trout in the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River; spend the afternoon fly fishing with my husband, appreciating the beauty of Washington and accessibility of outdoor hobbies like fly fishing

    Monday
    Morning:

    STUDY (this is med school after all!)

    Afternoon:

    Neuro lecture/lab, ICM lecture

    Evening:

    Swimming with friends at Greenlake Community Center

    Tuesday
    Morning:

    Micro parasitology lecture – hoping never again to see a Loa loa worm squiggle across an eye

    Afternoon:

    Micro lecture – more parasites!
    Volleyball (sunshine = outside)

    Evening:

    Study

    Wednesday
    Morning:

    Hem/Onc preceptorship at Seattle Children’s Hospital

    Afternoon:

    Neuro small group case discussions, micro lecture – TAPEWORMS

    Evening:

    Bike ride to Golden Gardens Park with husband

    Thursday
    Morning:

    Micro parasitology case discussions

    Afternoon:

    ICM final physical exam (act like a doctor!)

    Evening:

    Relax, study

    Friday
    Morning:

    Relax, study

    Afternoon:

    Gather backpacking gear for Enchantments trip my awesome classmates have planned

    Evening:

    Delicious sushi with my husband and friends (despite learning about anisakiasis in parasitology just two days ago!)

  • Sunday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Hiked Mount Rainier National Park with wife

    Took photos from Paradise & Box Canyon

    Stayed for sunset at Reflection Lake

    Evening:

     

    Arrived home late

    Monday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Went for a run with my golden retriever

    stem cell culture

    molecular biology

    Evening:

    Taught MCAT course

    late dinner
    Tuesday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Cardiovascular Breakfast Club seminar
    Performed myocardial infarctions in rats

    Visited Pike Place Market for fresh produce

    Evening:

    Crossfit workout

    Cooked dinner for family (Copper River Salmon with roasted veggies)
    Wednesday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Rat echocardiography

    Met with visiting professor

    Evening:

    Taught MCAT course

    Thursday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Lab Meeting

    Took images of stained cariomyocytes on confocal microscope

    Evening:

    Crossfit workout

    Movie with wife and dogs
    Friday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Spent time coordinating research symposium for student group I run

    Worked on manuscript draft/figures

    Evening:

    Dinner at Toulouse Petite with wife

    Puget Sound Symphony
    Saturday
    All Day:

    Dive trip to San Juan Islands: observe Giant Pacific Octopus, Orcas, Sea Lions

  • Sunday
    Morning and Afternoon:

    Flight from Seoul to Bangkok

    Evening:

     

    Come off plane to a wall of heat and humidity, but in a good way! Fall into bed at an airport hotel.

    Monday
    Morning:

    Breakfast of fresh mangoes. Walk around Bangkok neighborhood, visiting the local wat.

    Afternoon:

    Transfer to the domestic airport and board a Nok Air flight bound for Mae Sot, Thailand

    Evening:

    Arrive in Mae Sot, a small, bustling border town facing into the mountains of Burma. Spend the afternoon settling in and exploring. Red curry for dinner. Mangoes and sticky rice for dessert (can you eat too many mangoes?)

    Tuesday
    Morning:

    Walk to the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit office for first introductions. Quickly scurry into a truck going to one of the clinics. Spend the next few hours driving through the countryside to a migrant clinic, getting the lay of the land from one of the doctors.

    Afternoon:

    See patients with the doctors in the clinic, ranging from babies to pregnant women to adults with malaria. Lunch at a local stand.

    Walk down to the Moei River (foot steps from the clinic) and watch people walking, motor-biking, and boating back and forth across the "border." I could throw a rock in to Burma.

    Evening:

    Catch up with my husband, who has been a different clinic all day. Panang curry for dinner.

    Wednesday
    Morning:

    Go to the SMRU office to start looking at my project - clinical records from 50,000 pregnancies over 25 years. Wow!

    Afternoon:

    Start pouring through the data. Working with a Burmese midwife and colleague who helps me understand the system from 1988 (and the chart notes in Burmese).

    Evening:

    Birthday party for one of the founding members of SMRU. Still adjusting to the heat.

    Thursday
    Morning:

    Locate a real cup of coffee (instant coffee makes it hard to get over jet lag). More chart review.

    Afternoon:

    More coffee! Walk into town during lunch (turns into 2 hours) to explore the market, the gem stores, the mosques, the tea houses. On the way home, happen upon a gym.

    Evening:

    Treadmill at the gym while watching Thai MTV. Surreal. HOT. Noodles for dinner. Discover amazing fruit stand.

    Friday
    Morning:

    Tea house breakfast - naan, chickpeas, thick red Burmese tea.

    Meet at the SMRU clinic to go to Maela Camp, the largest refugee camp in the area (50,000 people). Drive to the camp is spectacular. The camp is nestled against huge limestone escarpments. Not what I am expecting - houses made of bamboo and thatch, roads and walking paths. Realize the camp has been there for 25 years, so really more of a town. Morning rounds with the staff - mostly peds, pregnant women, and infectious disease.

    Afternoon:

    Lunch with the clinic staff. Room is built on slits and made of bouncy bamboo flooring. Watch an old woman smoke cheroots in front of the clinic. Finish rounding on the patients, visit the delivery room, help with a liver ultrasound.

    Evening:

    Dinner at the night market with other travelers. Kow soi noodle soup. Stay up late - it's Match Day back home! Match at Children's Hospital for Pediatrics for the next three years. Happy!

    Saturday
    Morning:

    Rent a motorbike to explore the area. Ride west to the Friendship Bridge with Burma, visiting a Burmese temple along the way. Think about riding out  into the countryside, but the heat coming off the road turns us back.

    Afternoon:

    Find the local swimming pool, cool off!

    Evening:

    Head out to the airport where there's a track to run, looking at sunset and the heat lightening over the mountains. Meet up with the other 4th year med student in town and take a tuk-tuk to the nicest place in town for a match-day celebratory dinner and some Chang beers!