Blank Slate
    February 2, 2010
    Blank Slate

    The pediatric hospital I worked at was built out of the old residence compound for the Mexican Ambassador. This is not an absurd transition as many of the hospitals, schools, and orphanages in Port Au…

    Pre-Quake
    February 1, 2010
    Pre-Quake

    I used to look at this picture of a Haitian boy and think about what he’s doing. I met him while working at HUEH hospital, in Port Au Prince when I was visiting last November. He lives in a metal cr…

    What Does Disaster Medicine look like?
    February 1, 2010
    What Does Disaster Medicine look like?

    Partners in Health, a nonprofit that has been working in Haiti for years, sent out an email to the medical community shortly after the quake asking for orthopedic and trauma surgeons.  Most other org…

    There’s No Need to Reinvent the Wheel
    December 4, 2009
    There’s No Need to Reinvent the Wheel

    As you’ve been reading in my previous blogs, seeing healthcare in a developing country has affected how I view the U.S. reform. I’m frustrated by its complexity, I’m confused by our waste, I’m…

    sally_outside(1)
    December 3, 2009
    A Discussion of Medical Tourism

    Traveling to a 3rd world country is an eye opening experience. Rarely in the US do you see the clinical manifestations of disease such as Kaposi Sarcoma, or corneal scaring with Vit A deficiency. Howe…

    sally_group(1)
    December 2, 2009
    What Can We Learn from Doctors Practicing in Developing Countries?

    I shadowed an OB/GYN physician at a ‘family planning’ clinic financially supported by an international NGO with religious roots. He wore a tie, a nice watch, and was educated in the country. Patie…

    sally_weighing_baby
    December 1, 2009
    Paying for Healthcare When $15 Could Save a Life

    I was told by one of the local residents that pediatric death due to septic shock is a huge problem. Children coming into the ER in Port Au Prince are carried on foot by their parents, assessed by the…

    Patient Privacy
    November 30, 2009
    Patient Privacy

    The Labor and delivery room in the main government hospital in downtown Port Au Prince is a single room with 25 or so metal beds placed 5 feet apart all facing center. There are 2" thick pads on the b…

    sally_2009
    January 2, 2009
    Next Year

    “Be the change you want to see in the world”-Gandhi. For my best friend, I’ll be confident in my ability to make decisions. For my sister, I’ll be easy-going. For my mom, I’ll involve myself…

    Sally-first interview
    December 18, 2008
    First Interview. Lesson Learned.

    I wish I had not discussed other applicants' medical success and failures (actually no one admits failures) before walking into my interview. Hearing from the applicant next to me about her masters in…

    Know the School
    December 17, 2008
    Know the School

    Every school is unique in its own right.  Knowing what makes schools different is a good way to figure out what school is best for you, and a great strategy for articulating in an interview what your…

    Know Your Application
    December 16, 2008
    Know Your Application

    Obviously you know your application, you wrote it.  You will still need to know it better. Do three things.  One, go over the dates of your activities. The interviewer is your advocate in the commit…

    Sally_pre_interview
    December 15, 2008
    Pre-interview

    Keep Adding Stuff In attempt to free myself from gmail (possible news of interview invites) I decided to keep adding stuff to my resume of life. Staying busy was always a better alternative to feeling…

    Your Most Impassioned Stuff
    November 7, 2008
    Your Most Impassioned Stuff

    You will undoubtedly experience times during the progression of trying stuff in which you realize you love something, or equally important that you hate something.  Continuing to pursue endeavors tha…

    Medical Stuff Versus Healthcare Stuff
    November 6, 2008
    Medical Stuff Versus Healthcare Stuff

    Although you may not be able to involve yourself in hands on medical care (actually treating patients), you can easily involve yourself in hands on healthcare (improving the limitless socio-economic f…

    And You Will Also Need Relevant Stuff
    November 5, 2008
    And You Will Also Need Relevant Stuff

    While doing fun stuff is an important component to your med school app, relevant stuff is equally important. You’re going to need experience, paid or unpaid, in the field of medicine. This can be do…

    Go Wide
    November 4, 2008
    Go Wide

    Having a varied list of things in which you were involved will allow you at a later date to use this activity bank you’ve created to determine and explain a situation in which you were a leader, you…

    Study Hard and Do Stuff
    November 3, 2008
    Study Hard and Do Stuff

    You’re pre-med. You’ve made the decision to include the 8-9 prerequisite courses in your undergraduate education thereby unofficially taking the first step towards becoming a medical professional.…