My study space for the evening. I’ve got lemon water, my sticky notes, enough highlighters to last a lifetime and an endless amount of reading to get done. This journey isn’t easy but I know it’ll be worth it. I realized today that I am 15 months away from becoming an MD, which is scary. But 15 is my lucky number too 🍀 🤓
Subtle. Beautiful. Better! This lovely patient had Juvederm Voluma to her cheeks, Juvederm to her lips, Vollure to her nasolabial folds and marionette lines and Botox. It took three sessions to get to this beautiful refreshed face.
Couldn’t be happier to leave, isn’t it obvious? Hoping for some good💤 tonight!
Why is it that the one that snores always falls asleep first❓❔❓ There is an estimated 90 million Americans that snore according to American Sleep Apnea Association. Are you one of them❓
Fortunately, not everyone that snores has sleep apnea. Here are the basics: Snoring is caused by the relaxation of tissues at the back of the throat during sleep. When the tissues collapse or the tongue blocks the airway, the space becomes narrowed and leads to vibrations as air moves past it. This creates that sound your partner loves to fall asleep too 😂
When a person has sleep apnea they actually STOP breathing while they are sleeping. This can last from a few seconds to as long as a minute. These periodic events interfere with the normal sleep pattern and the amount of oxygen that reaches the lungs. This causes that loud snoring, choking and gasping noise that sometimes awakes you or your partner at night. This can occur a few or even several hundred times. Since you are deprived of oxygen during this time, you are left feeling tired and un-rested in the morning – even after a full night of sleep. This can also interfere with concentration, libido, headaches, and mood. More serious issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and stroke have also been linked to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Alcohol, weight, smoking, medications and sinus issues can sometimes be the culprits of snoring.
If you snore or feel tired all the time after what should be a good night’s rest, then discuss getting a test for OSA with you healthcare provider. As always, lifestyle approaches are first line. Losing weight, positional therapy, quitting smoking and alcohol intake are beneficial. If those fail or your symptoms are severe then treatments such as CPAP, oral appliances and surgery are very effective.
What experiences have you had with snoring??? #sleepwell#livewell
Yep it's almost the end of the day for me but I'm still all smiles 🤗. Excited to see lots of new faces and families for annual/preventative exams . Let's keep working together to avoid problems that we can prevent!!
What are some of the things you should cover at your annual visit with the doc 👩🏽⚕️?
1️⃣For my ladies : Mammograms and Pap smears.
2️⃣Make sure you're up to date with vaccines💉.
3️⃣If sexually active, STD screening 🍆🍑😏.
4️⃣If you are 50 years or older, have the colonoscopy talk 💩 or discussion about other tests for colorectal cancer screening.
➰Theres so many things to discuss, so don't be afraid to ask your doc about others preventative services available 💕.
The final semester of my DNP starts on Monday. As expected, 4 years flew by insanely fast. I will be back in the Cardiac ICU for my last clinical and I’m nervous as hell. I feel like while I have gained so much knowledge in other areas, I’ve forgotten just as much about life in the Cardiac ICU, but hopefully it will be like riding a bike. If not, my brilliant preceptor will undoubtedly whip me into shape ✨
I’m nervous about finishing my doctoral project, nervous about being back on night shift, nervous about juggling 2 jobs with more clinical hours, nervous about not knowing, nervous about getting an NP job, nervous about being nervous 😂
But that’s just how it is in healthcare and life - the nervousness is there to keep us motivated ❤️ Cheers to everyone graduating with me in May - one semester to go! ✨
Oh and - check out this swanky new CAYO scrub top from @wearfigs - the pocket situation is EVERYTHING 💯 It will be released tomorrow for a limited time only! If you want 20% off from me visit - http://bit.ly/2uS5hjU 👚
If my calculations are correct, it’s just about that time of year where new years resolutions are broken. Gyms start clearing out, Krispy Kreme sales spike again, and we start saying things like “I guess I’ll try again next year.” But this year, don’t let go of your goals that easily. A lot can change in a year. *
Who says your New Year has to start in January? May 2013- May 2014 changed the entire trajectory of my life. May of 2013- I had been an unemployed college graduate for a year, recently rejected from medical school for the second time. July of 2013- I was accepted into a master’s program to better my next medical school application. January of 2014- I was invited to interview for medical school. May of 2014- I’d been accepted to medical school, completed my program, and was picking out my outfit for my first day of classes! *
This year, fight for your dreams like never before, and let’s see where the next 365 days take you! *
HEALTH by Med á la Mode
Part of my responsibility of having this account is to inform you about health, whether that be emotional, physical, mental or nutrition.
The cold & flu may be dying down a bit since October and November a peak in December and February but it can last as late as May.
Being conscious of my body & making sure I give it good things, I thought I’d share with you my go-to Cold & Flu starter pack! 👩🏻⚕️🙌🏼
Go to medalamodeblog.com to read the entire article. Enjoy & be healthy!
- Med á la Mode
Carnival season is in full swing here in Louisiana. Feeling a burnout while studying led me to enjoying some time with friends to remind myself why I am pursuing this journey and missing out on all the festivities.
The most important topic to know for the mcat: amino acids. When I say you need to know your amino acids, KNOW THEM. Be able to distinguish between their chemistry, their R groups, their 3 letter code, their 1 letter code, which ones are hydrophobic vs. hydrophilic, which ones are positively charged, which ones are negatively charged, which ones are neutral, etc. You will see amino acids embedded in the chemistry/physics section too and that should tell you how important they are!
Complex cases are multifaceted and challenging. It takes time, thought, and heart to understand and help shed the layers to get to the core of the condition. It’s a good reminder that sometimes, just the fact that someone cares makes for good medicine. Be the medicine. ❤️
👉🏽 Do you feel life pressure? A pressure to have a definite plan or set idea of what your life course is going to be?
+ True, i’m a firm advocate of having goals (see last blog post) but at what point does this all become, well, a little ridiculous? At what point do we find ourselves so fixated on what our lives should be like, that we start to miss the beauty of what our current lives are actually like?
+ If there’s one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that in the end those who wander or navigate life’s roads without an accurate GPS do just fine. In fact the convoluted, dusty, pot-hole ridden tracks become just as much, if not an even greater and far richer, component of the final destination that just cannot be replicated elsewhere.
+ So go wander and know you are not lost- you’re living life ✨
Come to the Pacific Coast Rheumatology Forum and hear Dr. Paul H. Caldron, DO, PhD, MBA give a presentation on the "Classic Features of SpA." We are going to have an incredible time together learning. We hope to see you there! #pcrf18
We are in the process of working on our CVs to submit for VSAS (a program used to schedule away rotations for 4th year medical students) and thought it would be helpful to share some advice and tips we learned recently.
1️⃣ throughout your med/premed career, keep tabs of all the extracurriculars you do! I’ve kept a google document since my sophomore year to jot down any volunteer experience, published papers, or honors I received. This will make building your CV much easier.
2️⃣ Google medical CVs online to find a template you like! No need to reinvent the wheel lol.
3️⃣ Ask around at your school for professors or faculty to review your CV. This is a very valuable resource and you’d be surprised at how willing most faculty are to give advice and feedback! Just make sure you ask in advance of any deadlines so that they are not pressed for time.
4️⃣ EDIT EDIT EDIT. A single grammatical mistake can reflect so poorly on you and is preventable. .
5️⃣ Don’t be afraid to include that obscure hobby or past experience that you are passionate about because it’s not medical related. As long as it’s appropriate, having some personal touches in your CV can help you standout!!
Do you have any other CV tips or questions for us? Comment below 👇🏽👇🏽
WARNING! A BIT OF NEGATIVITY: So I went to a five star rated hair salon on sheepshead bay *ahem ressam ahem* and asked them for a few baby lights and a trim. I warned the stylist that I’m naturally blonde and my hair dyes very quickly, so that he wouldn’t leave the bleach in, he huffed me off saying “other stylists are stupid and don’t know how to work with my hair” and that he didn’t do baby lights usually, by he would do me a “favor” as if I wasn’t paying him 300 dollars for my hair. He proceeded to chop off most of it and dye me platinum blonde! My appt was at 2:30 he took me an hour later, while fitting in other people and I was released at 6:05pm. I was visibly not happy and he saw that, but didn’t bother to ask or rectify the situation. At that point he mentioned that he was tired and so I simply left. Terrible treatment, yet I’m not going to let it get to me and I will instead embrace my new platinum tresses, for I am #resilient ! Also second day of nursing school down!! Woot woot!!! .
Today, the pediatric patients of the children’s cancer hospital got to demolish the gingerbread village! The village was donated to the hospital for this purpose and is done yearly and was given along with a very generous donation. Can you believe the village takes a year to make and yes, it’s all actual candy! The smile on these kids faces could warm even the coldest of hearts💕(They’re not shown because of HIPAA but if you have MDA on Snapchat they have videos on there.) But since I stayed to watch, they let me join in on the fun! These kids go through so much and I’m glad the hospital can find various ways to bring smiles in a place where they’re hard to come by.
Wow. Just wow at this cake. Husband surprised yesterday with this cake 🎂 and orange flowers 🌺. You gotta try this coffee cake. It's made with sour cream and you can definitely taste that- just perfect 😍 the cake didn't last long enough for a picture. There's just one slice left 😂
Hey everyone! So I am a skincare expert, but I think I use pretty normal makeup products 🤷🏻♀️ (both drugstore and high-end). Because there was an overwhelming response to my IG story about my make-up routine..I’ve listed it below. I actually usually don’t wear makeup..but if you’re interested in what I have been using for certain clinic days/meetings/going out/etc...see below! :) 💄💋💁🏻♀️ .
After my morning skincare routine-> EltaMD Tinted Broad Sunscreen
· No primer...any recs?
· Maybelline NY Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles
· Spot treat: Nars Creamy Concealer
· Foundation: Dior Forever Foundation
· Contour: Smashbox Contour Palette
· Blush: Neutrogena Healthy skin
· Powder: Colorscience pressed or Loreal mineral powder (I reapply throughout the day)
· No setting spray as I prefer a matte over a dewy finish
· Eyeshadow: Naked2 Palette
· Mascara and eyeliner: Urban Decay Mascara Perversion
· Glossier Eyebrow Bel (nice and subtle)
· Huda Beauty Lip Contour Matte Pencil Trendsetter
· Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Lolita
Wash off with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser (the simpler, the better) …then end with my night skincare route (which currently includes acne treatments…) What are your MUST-HAVE makeup products?! PS. Tune in to my IG story in a few hours, we are demo-ing some lasers for sun spots, acne scars, vessels 🙌🏼 .
@maybelline @narsissist @diormakeup @neutrogena @colorescience @urbandecaycosmetics @katvondbeauty @hudabeauty @glossier @smashboxcosmetics @eltamdskincare @lorealmakeup @cetaphilus .
⚡️ Personal Statement Series Tip #3 : Write a Strong Introduction ⚡️
The introduction is a critically important part of a great personal statement. It sets the scene and the tone — it’s important that your introduction grabs the attention of your reader [but professionally and eloquently].
✨ Things to know:
➡️ The introduction is difficult to write before you have a strong outline/rough draft of the body of your paper.
➡️ Set the tone — remember Tip # 2 “Choose a Theme”? Yep, this is where you need to begin weaving in your theme.
➡️ Admissions committees read hundreds and hundreds of these. You need to make sure yours stands out and is remembered!
➡️ The best way to do this is to tell a story. Go through all of the experiences and stories you brainstormed and choose one that supports your theme and that you can write about in an interesting way. 🌟 For example: in my personal statement, I introduced the idea that I am capable of overcoming challenges by telling a story about when I learned to scuba dive. 🐠 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ➡️ Be descriptive! Show, don’t tell. Use action words and words that help the reader see, feel, smell and hear what you are talking about. @lorae.the.pa has a great YouTube video (“Applying to PA school: How to Write Your Personal Statement”) that I recommend checking out for more info on being descriptive (and because she’s awesome and her tips are spot-on!). . . ➡️ BUT still keep your voice. Don’t use so many flowery fancy words that it starts to sound more like you’re trying to prove you’re a great writer than that you’ll be a great student and clinician. . . . . . . . . . . . ➡️ Be CONCISE. Don’t repeat yourself and make sure to be articulate. (More on this later in the week.) ➡️ Be passionate. Be yourself! There is a fine line to walk between radiating with enthusiasm and being over-the-top. Find that balance!😊 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 🔥 As with your personal statement as a whole, the most important part of writing an introduction is to just get started! It’s okay to have dozens of different drafts. Just jump right in and go for it!🔥
In honor of National Cervical Health month, Folsom OB/GYN wants to remind you about the importance of your annual gynecological exam. 🌸 Be sure to call and schedule your exam to ensure you're in complete health! ☺️
Having positive mind allows you to see problems as opportunities for success with combination of determination and motivation. The next thing you need is an ultimate goal. Write it down where you can see it daily(e.g. your desired score on step 1). Aiming for high goals motivates you to fight harder. Create smaller goals that will lead you to your ultimate goal, reward yourself for completing those minor achievements. These small triumphs will help you stay focused and motivated. Don't give up be confident and optimistic in what you are set out to do.
although I have quite a way to go before I start my clinical years, I can’t help but have no doubt in what specialty I want to go into as a future physician— pediatrics. working with children has always been a passion of mine. as a former Tae Kwon Do instructor, my day often began with energized kids frolicking around me, advanced to their wobbling legs, copious amounts of questions, and ended with jumping high fives, cheery faces, and possibly a few hugs. not only was I responsible for providing a safe yet challenging environment, but also for leading these young, impressionable minds with assertiveness and passion. I was eternally rewarded when I saw my athletes having a good time, when their hard work led to improvements, or when I saw the appreciation in the faces of the athletes and parents. it was fulfilling to guide these kids both in Tae Kwon Do and in life; however, they have also influenced me. their vibrant spirits and demand for patience motivated me to never lose liveliness or the desire to work hard.