why is IV tPA ≤4.5hrs? and other quirks of current medical guidelines

It's hard to believe I'm nearing the end of my preclinical journey in medical school. In theory at this stage, I am supposed to have learned all of the preparatory content for the first step of the board exams that are required to become a licensed physician ("Step 1"). In reality, I feel like I … Continue reading why is IV tPA ≤4.5hrs? and other quirks of current medical guidelines

Why did I go into medicine? Does this still ring true for me?

Responding to a prompt from a patient-family partner course I took this year, Walk With Me. I went into medicine for many reasons. Some of those reasons have been with me for a long time, such as my nerdy fascination for the scientific workings of the human body (what I would now call “physiology”, with … Continue reading Why did I go into medicine? Does this still ring true for me?

Help with an interview project: humans of healthcare

Hi all—I’m embarking on a little (unofficial) side project to document the stories of health care providers around the world and am asking for your help. What: This project is purely personal/non-academic. The idea came about during my time at LSHTM—I’ve met many incredible people doing incredible things in health care around the world, and … Continue reading Help with an interview project: humans of healthcare

Why do we care more for a building than for human life?

My newsfeed has been bombarded by pictures of Notre Dame de Paris, burning. It is a dramatic blaze—orange flames engulfing the cathedral's spire, the cathedral's iconic rose window glowing from within, pillar of smoke visible for miles. On Facebook, countless friends post touristy photos of their past visits to the cathedral, in tribute to the … Continue reading Why do we care more for a building than for human life?

Fika (recipe: cardamom buns)

"All in the golden afternoon Full leisurely we glide; For both our oars, with little skill, By little arms are plied, While little hands make vain pretence Our wanderings to guide..." —Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), preface to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland The afternoon — that lull in the day as the sun descends from its … Continue reading Fika (recipe: cardamom buns)

Matchmaker, matchmaker

Last week, Philipp Kircher gave the Royal Economics Society's annual public lecture on the economics of 'finding the right match', comparing the labor market to the marriage market. [1] This topic reminds me of matchmaking as a concept of market design. in 1962, David Gale and Lloyd Shapley published a (readable) paper on the problem of pairwise matching. They showed that … Continue reading Matchmaker, matchmaker