Doctor Patient Relationship

I read this article today. I have often thought about the kind of doctor I will be. Its hard to not know about how terribly our health care system is failing us- it seems like all it is about nowadays is the bottom line, malpractice lawsuits, and the affordable care act. All of these have strong opinions associated with them. The doctor patient relationship is something that I think most people can agree on. You want to have a nice relationship with your doctor, because its built on mutual trust. But the broken health care system we are a part of, isn’t fostering good, trusting relationships, its hindering care. In order for a primary care doctor to make a doctor’s salary, they have to carry a load of 2,500 patients, seeing up to 24 a day at clinic’s I have shadowed at. In this article, which focuses on the emergency room setting, those docs are also prone to the pressure to see more patients, who are often in more critical situations. One thing I’m glad they focused on was the changes in medical education. Since obviously we aren’t doing something right, it is a good idea to look to who is teaching our doctors and see what we can change there. I think teaching social skills is sort of impossible though. Some people have it, other don’t. What they can teach though, is the psychology. What do people like? More specifically, what do patients like in a doctor. I think focusing on how your behavior comes off, and getting feedback on your bedside manner, are excellent and extremely valuable...

Why I am an A Student Without Straight A’s

Call me an underachiever. I’m perfectly fine with that. Because, while I love science, there are many many other loves of my life. I did not get straight A’s through college. I did not attend every lecture, over prepare for every exam, or dedicate enough of my time to each project to get the best grade. See?? I study! I have made conscious, calculated decisions about what I will and will not sacrifice for my studies. I left padding for bombed tests. I did well enough. I did my best. But my best comes with an asterisk. My best is what I can do and still be happy and sane. I’m not one of those gunner robots. I don’t live and die with my grades. For a recovering perfectionist like me, this was a hard lesson to learn. I know that I could have gotten a 4.0 in college. But would I have enjoyed it? No. Some people can do a 4.0 and enjoy their life. I am not one of those people. It would require more studying for me than anything else. Studying I was not willing to do. Parts of my life I was not willing to give up for an A. I gave up some points to tuck my favorite girls in their beds on the weekends. Precious moments with sleepy girls!^   Julie fell asleep in my lap   Loved getting to eat with them at their school!   Playtime before bed with Addie   I did poorly on some exams so that I could drive to other states, see a show, and drive back instead of...

Safe Running

My niece was with me last night and today during my classes. I have since realized my life is pretty boring for a six year old. And that’s with having gone to the park during one of my breaks. She woke up this morning before my alarm, thankfully knew better than to wake me, and was “Ready to start the glorious day of high school. Wait, are you in high school?” “Nope, Kate. I’m in college.” And yes she really did say glorious. 20 minutes into my first class she said “When is it time for a rest?” Basically I am a granny. We still had fun though. We went rock climbing, played racquetball and went to an intramural futsol game. She dressed this little doll up on my iPad. She said “Look a swimsuit!” Sweet, modest, little Katie. One thing I do have in common with a six year old is that we both eat all day long, mostly a well-balanced diet of goldfish, apples, Easter candy, and pasta. Anyway- After many people begging and pleading with me to not run by myself at night, I have come up with some safer compromises that can be used as safer running tips. I like night because its cooler, more peaceful, and the sun is not in my eyes. My face is really sensitive to sunburn and I’m a big time squinter. But, especially in Shawnee I do not always feel safe. 1) For starters, a more obvious one- I usually wear a light colored shirt or something reflective. 2) I carry pepper spray on a little wrist band. You know- for rapists,...

Whole Milk Two Mile

Oklahoma Baptist University is such a wonderfully weird place. I never felt much school pride in high school, but attending my last OBU events is definitely making me sad. Ka-Rip There is a tradition at OBU that I have never participated in but I go watch every year. The Whole Milk Two Mile.  Drink a cup of vitamin D whole milk, run a lap around the Oval. Repeat for 8 laps (2 miles). Its a glorious thing to watch. Glorious and stupid and dumbfounding and gross and sad. But glorious. Everyone is fine the first few laps. But around lap four it all goes to crap. People start gagging and spitting long, thick strands of milk mucous. Laps 5-6 people have large fountains of vomit spewing forth. The weirdest part is, when someone vomits everyone claps and cheers. The most disgusting thing I have ever seen happened though. Some people dress up in costume to run it. This one guy was wearing swim trunks, a snorkel, and a swim mask. I saw him come through a couple times and you can see the struggle hit each runner at around lap 3. So this guy slows down but never stops running. Right as he passed us, he vomited WITH HIS SNORKEL IN HIS MOUTH. You didn’t read that wrong. Vomit went up through the tube and rained down on his head and all over the street. I gagged. Everyone gasped, then cheered. I took a little video. There’s milk puke on the ground and people actually throwing up so if you don’t want to see those things I recommend not watching it....

Medical School Scholarships

I didn’t really think much about scholarships being a part of paying for medical school but my school made it really easy. I submitted my FAFSA which was easy because I didn’t have to file taxes and as a graduate student you no longer need your parents’ income taxes to file. Then, I went through a slew of scholarships, selected the ones I qualified for, filled out one generic scholarship with a couple paragraphs explaining my goals in becoming a physician and then turned it in. I haven’t heard back about the internal scholarships yet (the ones OSU itself distributes), however one external one got back with me. Its a scholarship that requires a service commitment in a rural setting. The state-run scholarship pretty much covers all the tuition.  One year for every year you receive the scholarship. So, not a bad deal. Its an incentive the get more doctors into primary care in rural communities. The thing is, I want to keep my options open and it requires a pretty hefty commitment for something I’m not totally sold on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against it and I want to serve in an underserved area of medicine. I’m just not sure I want to nail anything- like a specialty or where I practice- down before I actually experience any real medicine. I went to the interview and it went well. But, if you end up not practicing where they want you to, you have to pay back triple the interest and it just doesn’t sound like fun. Also, if I do end up wanting to practice in a...