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Apotheosis by Austin Wintory.

Third year has been a year of firsts. Every day I learn new skills, have new encounters, , and find new fields of interest. It is that summit peak at the end of our journey that beckons us through medical school. Here is to the journey before us.

Nascence by Austin Wintory.

There was an information session last night about CaRMS matching. Fourth year students who had matched came to speak to us about the process and some considerations we should begin to make this year. All of these placement choices, all of these future decisions, all of this studying, have made for one heavy-handed month.

What are your top five favourite tumblrs/blogs? What kind of camera(s) do you use and what is your dream camera (you mentioned being into photography in a video)? Have you ever considered documenting your journey through medical school or something related to medicine in photos or a similar medium? — Asked by outwith-lanterns

According to Tumblr Crushes, my top five are: izzytakesonoz, architectureblog, wayfaringmd, cranquis, and homedesigning.

I really do like photography but I myself am not a photographer. I do appreciate a lot of photography through various sites. I take pictures with my iPhone, but I kind of wish I could really pursue something with a Canon EOS 7D. I have seen some amazing photos and videos from it.

I have thought about documenting my journey through medicine through photography. Sometimes I do snap a picture here and there; now I am trying to make a video here and there too. In general though I do not capture anything “interesting” because I am bound by many faculty-based, ethical, and professional considerations. Thus, wet labs, patients, and any sensitive hospital setting are all out of the question. Having a limited scope like that means I have not given this type of documentation much thought.

On the Anonymity of Medical Professionals

Dr. Cranquis answered a question today about medical anonymity in the digital world and I think it is worth revisiting. With information so easily accessible nowadays, it would be foolish to take the situation lightly. There is constantly a risk I run of stepping on somebody’s toes and sullying whatever credentials I have. These are marks against me that might carry on throughout my studies and beyond. 

In the digital age, doctors like Dr. Cranquis and other medical students I know who have taken to the internet are very much so breaking new ground into uncharted territory. Though Dr. Parkinson says in his recent TEDx talk that no negative consequences have come to bear on anyone, I am not going to take risks that might put me out in the open.

When I started this blog in late July of 2010, I came into it not realizing how sensitive and how difficult it might be to blog about medicine. There are many areas that simply are too sensitive to discuss in any detail. This sensitivity, compounded by the fact that my name, face, and area of study are readily identifiable in the public domain, means anything I write could risk breaching patient confidentiality and be a personal liability. Every day, I tread carefully.

Every time I write, I must always ask myself: how much detail is too much? what can I write about without putting myself, the patients I see, and the medical profession at risk? Sometimes, it is easy to de-identify patients or change the details of the story to preserve the essence of the event; other times, it is not so easy, and that has meant I have avoided writing about many amazing moments in my journey. I am sure many more will follow in the long road ahead. That is the price I pay for not being anonymous. 

There was once a social contract between the public and doctors that we would govern ourselves, safeguard our own profession, and the patients that fall under our care; it exists to this day. Online, the onus is on ourselves to protect that principle.

Leave a comment below about your thoughts on the topic.

What's your favorite quote? — Asked by Anonymous

I have never really had a favourite quote. Off the top of my head, one that would define my journey here would be by Winston Churchill: “Never, never, never give up.”

Journey to 400.
Above is the journey from 300 to 400 as compiled by Daytum and edited by myself. Breaking the mark is This is it (taygrace.tumblr), a highly active Tumblelog aggregating interesting and creative bits. Be sure to check it out!
I have to be honest, 400 is a very large number. I always kept trudging along, posting what I liked, both the exciting and the mundane and yet that number kept rising. That is a very rewarding and humbling feeling. I’m very happy to be sharing my journey through medicine with all of you.
To those who have joined me from the beginning and from before, we’ve still got a long road ahead! To those who have recently joined me, consider this my welcome to you and thank you for joining me on the ride! Be sure to check my older posts to see what the first term looked like. To the future follower, the door is always open. I’ll see you when I see you. :)
Thanks again and welcome aboard!

Journey to 400.

Above is the journey from 300 to 400 as compiled by Daytum and edited by myself. Breaking the mark is This is it (taygrace.tumblr), a highly active Tumblelog aggregating interesting and creative bits. Be sure to check it out!

I have to be honest, 400 is a very large number. I always kept trudging along, posting what I liked, both the exciting and the mundane and yet that number kept rising. That is a very rewarding and humbling feeling. I’m very happy to be sharing my journey through medicine with all of you.

To those who have joined me from the beginning and from before, we’ve still got a long road ahead! To those who have recently joined me, consider this my welcome to you and thank you for joining me on the ride! Be sure to check my older posts to see what the first term looked like. To the future follower, the door is always open. I’ll see you when I see you. :)

Thanks again and welcome aboard!

I finally got home last night. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the airport terminal was nearly empty last night. Most people must have taken flights days earlier. When I got home, I was greeted with a blanket of snow. Happy holidays everyone!

I finally got home last night. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the airport terminal was nearly empty last night. Most people must have taken flights days earlier. When I got home, I was greeted with a blanket of snow. Happy holidays everyone!