Posts tagged film

I’m a doctor, not a torpedo technician!
Letting this morning’s psychiatry exam settle into the pit of my mind like a terrible repressed memory, my classmate and I went out for lunch. After an appetizing and relaxing meal, we scratched our heads as we wondered: “What are we going to do for the afternoon?”
"What is good at the theatre?" I asked. His eyes widened as he came up with his hastily patched together plan à la Capt. Kirk. "Star Trek. First day. Matinée." We checked the schedule and our watches: twenty minutes. We could make it. 
And so, on a whim, we drove at warp speed to the theatre to catch the first available show. For two hours, we spaced-out and just watched as the science fiction tale unfolded before us. Unproductive? Sure. Time well-spent? Absolutely. 

I’m a doctor, not a torpedo technician!

Letting this morning’s psychiatry exam settle into the pit of my mind like a terrible repressed memory, my classmate and I went out for lunch. After an appetizing and relaxing meal, we scratched our heads as we wondered: “What are we going to do for the afternoon?”

"What is good at the theatre?" I asked. His eyes widened as he came up with his hastily patched together plan à la Capt. Kirk. "Star Trek. First day. Matinée." We checked the schedule and our watches: twenty minutes. We could make it. 

And so, on a whim, we drove at warp speed to the theatre to catch the first available show. For two hours, we spaced-out and just watched as the science fiction tale unfolded before us. Unproductive? Sure. Time well-spent? Absolutely. 

A Night Away from Studying.
Last night, for the first time in a long while, some friends and I took the night off. Our first exam is this upcoming Monday. We were stressed. We were tired. We needed a time out. We took a moment out of our busy day to set aside our books and have a barbecue together, to talk about what else is happening in our lives outside of class. 
It was a calm before the storm, as we talked, laughed, and ate. Medical school and all of its worries seemed to fade away into a distant memory.
To top it all off, we ended up going to the theatre to watch the Avengers, a fantastic summer action film that helped us de-stress. Sure, we may have written off six hours of potential study time, but I think what we gained in return was worth more than that.

A Night Away from Studying.

Last night, for the first time in a long while, some friends and I took the night off. Our first exam is this upcoming Monday. We were stressed. We were tired. We needed a time out. We took a moment out of our busy day to set aside our books and have a barbecue together, to talk about what else is happening in our lives outside of class. 

It was a calm before the storm, as we talked, laughed, and ate. Medical school and all of its worries seemed to fade away into a distant memory.

To top it all off, we ended up going to the theatre to watch the Avengers, a fantastic summer action film that helped us de-stress. Sure, we may have written off six hours of potential study time, but I think what we gained in return was worth more than that.

Ken Jeong, MD.
As a few friends and I discussed movies, the topic turned to the Hangover, parts one and two. As we laughed and talked about the more memorable scenes we remembered, one line stopped us in our tracks.
"Did you know that the actor who plays Leslie Chow is a doctor?” 
No, I did not know that. In fact, most of us did not. We all sat there looking at each other, flabbergasted. An actor? A doctor?! A real doctor played a doctor in Knocked Up?! I immediately whipped out my phone and checked.
Sure enough, there it was, right on his IMDb profile: a doctor of internal medicine.
I was surprised. Not just because this little bit of movie trivia had escaped me all of these years but that a doctor walked the red carpet. It seemed such a dichotomy of ideas. After all, were we not taught to shy away from shedding light about our life beyond our profession? Patients were not supposed to know us beyond the confines of the examining room. And yet, here was a doctor showing a different side of himself to the world, not burdened by the weight of a title or a white coat. 
Then again, it would not be the first time I have seen a doctor shed his skin. With all of the talk from college and faculty alike about finding life balance and pursuing our own interests, had I not seen a doctor who moonlighted as both a yoga instructor and a stand-up comedian? So perhaps, I should not be so surprised. After all, we all have a life beyond medicine, and we all need room to grow. Perhaps, Dr. Jeong is merely a more visible manifestation of our pursuit for balance. Perhaps it was time we all started thinking outside the box, and broaden our gaze to the whole horizon.
Dr. Ken Jeong, we salute you. Stay awesome.

Ken Jeong, MD.

As a few friends and I discussed movies, the topic turned to the Hangover, parts one and two. As we laughed and talked about the more memorable scenes we remembered, one line stopped us in our tracks.

"Did you know that the actor who plays Leslie Chow is a doctor?” 

No, I did not know that. In fact, most of us did not. We all sat there looking at each other, flabbergasted. An actor? A doctor?! A real doctor played a doctor in Knocked Up?! I immediately whipped out my phone and checked.

Sure enough, there it was, right on his IMDb profile: a doctor of internal medicine.

I was surprised. Not just because this little bit of movie trivia had escaped me all of these years but that a doctor walked the red carpet. It seemed such a dichotomy of ideas. After all, were we not taught to shy away from shedding light about our life beyond our profession? Patients were not supposed to know us beyond the confines of the examining room. And yet, here was a doctor showing a different side of himself to the world, not burdened by the weight of a title or a white coat. 

Then again, it would not be the first time I have seen a doctor shed his skin. With all of the talk from college and faculty alike about finding life balance and pursuing our own interests, had I not seen a doctor who moonlighted as both a yoga instructor and a stand-up comedian? So perhaps, I should not be so surprised. After all, we all have a life beyond medicine, and we all need room to grow. Perhaps, Dr. Jeong is merely a more visible manifestation of our pursuit for balance. Perhaps it was time we all started thinking outside the box, and broaden our gaze to the whole horizon.

Dr. Ken Jeong, we salute you. Stay awesome.

Contagion: Bacteria Billboard.

I am very interested in watching this film. I have heard some great things about it, from the acting, to authenticity, to scientific accuracy. Generally science will suffer in film to create a more dramatic narrative but apparently Steven Soderbergh has done a lot of homework and kept a lot of the science in. That to me is just awesome. Now if I can just find time to go watch it…

Also, smart advertising at its best. 

I concur, sir.

  • In the pathophysiology workshop going over cases with a doctor tutor.
  • Doctor: So nobody wants to contest my answer? Don't worry I don't bite.
  • Group: ...
  • Doctor: My oh my you guys are such an agreeable group. Really. Nobody wrote something else down and wants to ask about other possibilities?
  • Me: I concur, sir. The diagnosis fits best.
  • Doctor: (smile) I remember that line...which movie?
  • Me: Catch Me If You Can.
  • Doctor: (nod of approval)
  • Me: (nodding back in our little moment)
  • Group: ?

Brain scans predict how you react to footage

This mixes two of my current interests: medicine and movies. I may not have mentioned this before but I am big on cinema and it’s one of my favorite pastimes. When an article has a quote as terrifyingly ridiculous as the following, you know it is just full of win.

If that puppy’s head explodes, the amygdala’s activity increases and activity in the insula drops.

Wow. I can’t even say that with a straight face. But in any case, it’s an interesting read. Go Science!