Hey everyone, it’s Medicine Mondays and this post is wayyyyyyyyyy late. Let me try to explain by saying today was “PPD Day”. This will be a very short post. “PPD Day”? Yes, PPD, as in purified protein derivative or Mantoux test, which is used in Tuberculin Skin Testing (TST). You see, my son needs a PPD because he’s moving on to preschool. Luckily, here in Hawaii, PPD testing is free for school children and the […]

PPD Day #illumedati

Lazy Monday
Hey everyone, it’s Medicine Mondays and I was going to write about The Match or about Being Home for Christmas. However, I was kind of busy over the weekend, and then I had to spend the morning on a preschool tour for my son and daughter, closer to home. So today will be Lazy Monday Reposts. Rather than do a half-finished post, I think it’s a better idea to just remind you guys to check […]

Lazy Monday Reposts #illumedati

Time to Look for a Job 1
Hey everyone, it’s Medicine Mondays again. It’s the beginning of December now and we’re right in the middle of The Match. However, what about everyone else in their last year of residency/fellowship? It’s probably “Time to Look for a Job“. Time to Look for a Job? Well, yea. Depending on your specialty you may have already started looking. For example, when I was looking for a job as a neuroradiology fellow, I started looking really early, […]

Time to Look for a Job #illumedati

Hey everyone, it’s Medicine Mondays again. This is going to be a short post on the culture of Medicine, especially the concept of “resilience“. So every year, a fresh group of bright-eyed 1st year medical students start medical school. The vast majority of them start the year with ambitions to be the best doctor they can be and for most of them I think there is a feeling of “I can’t believe I’m going to […]

Resilience #illumedati

How's the Match Going?
Hey everyone, it’s Medicine Mondays again. I just realized that I haven’t really dedicated any posts to the one thing weighing on the minds of US 4th year medical students everywhere… The Match. So today I’m going to ask everyone “How’s The Match Going?” How’s the Match Going? So it’s mid November now, the Match should already be in full swing. By now you’re gone on some interviews and are putting together your rank list. […]

How’s The Match Going? #illumedati #Match2018

Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL 1
Hey everyone, this is kind of a weird topic for today’s Medicine Mondays, but there has always been some confusion surrounding “cholesterol”, so I wanted to talk about it here. Today, we’re going to talk about Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL. Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL So, here’s the deal. I’m not a young gun anymore. I’m an old man now, at the ripe old age of 36. At my yearly checkup, my primary care doctor (who is […]

Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL #illumedati