Medical student hanging out in the Northeast.

Majored in Anthropology and Human Biology because human evolution is awesome. Disney nerd and anime otaku. Sometimes artist. Love to read classic literature. Can't wait to buy my pretty, new stethoscope.

There is a varicella plushie in my bed and fine art in golden frames all over my walls. I want to get involved in cardiovascular research and my favorite organic molecule is cinnamaldehyde.

Slightly obsessed with oatmeal.

the grey-eyed goddess
default album art
Song: Kiss
Artist: Prince
Album: Parade
Played: 2,187 times.
  #1986    #prince    #kiss    #playlist  
There are no such things as “opposite” genders, any more than a strawberry is the “opposite” as a plum.
Hanne Blank, Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality 
  #quote    #sexuality  

Today I got to fiddle around with a da vinci machine as part of a neurology research project attempting to correlate video games and relative skill using the machine. They’re all named after Transformers in the lab; I was using Bumblebee. ^_^

The machine, at least while I was using it, requires a lot of practice, hand eye coordination, and ability to multitask. I definitely damaged some virtual tissue but did successfully cauterize and snip some eensy blood vessels. 

Interestingly enough, I listened to a StuffYouShouldKnow podcast today too— “Will Computers Replace Doctors?" The da vinci works with a surgeon operating the machine, which manipulates the surgical tools inside of the body; the doctor remains in control, but the system allows for higher precision on a smaller scale.

But the podcast discussed the possibility of both computer programs capable of diagnosing to a high degree of accuracy, as well as robots that can perform successful surgery (as well as anesthesiology) completely independent of the doctor. 

While this technology sounds like “the future” this is actually what’s happening right now. Though I think it will be quite a while before human doctors are removed from the equation completely, I predict a mix. The use of technology to enhance a person’s surgical skills, or double checking diagnoses by running the symptoms through a database first. As efficient as these systems may become, our health and bodies are still inexplicably fixed to an array of outside factors. Is a machine capable of diagnosing lung cancer also able to coax a patient into quitting smoking. Would the database of treatment include the entire spectrum of alternative healing techniques. Can you program it to relate religion, socioeconomic status, and culture back to a person’s health. 

As imperfect as doctors are, capable of missing diagnoses, causing harm, lacking empathy— although they ordinary people put in extraordinary positions— I can’t imagine a truly perfect healing system without true human emotion playing a role in it.

  #medicine    #da vinci machine    #surgery    #technology  
  #ravenpuff    #that's me    #the quidditch world cup coverage made me pine for harry potter again    #i usually read those books every summer but I dont have them with me    #and i have other books i need to read this summer...    #hmm lets find cafes too.  


Sigh. Sad Argentina didn’t take it home, but I can’t be too upset for too long. It was a good game, Messi played well, and Germany just looked so darn happy. Would have been nice to keep it in the family; Colombia will take it in Russia 2018. It’ll be really interesting to see the aftermath in Brazil this week; will be watching that. And watching futbol beyond the end of the World Cup.

Caught up with Jon Stewart and John Oliver (omg love them)— watch his interview with Stephen Hawking, it’s perfect. Been keeping up with Spa Day Sundays (honey yogurt face mask, sugar scrub, and lush products for bubble bathhs).


  #personal    #that godiva trufflatta was frickin delicious  

Those record 16 saves against Belgium might not have just been sheer athletic ability. Neurologist Oliver Sacks says the syndrome helps give the Team USA goalie ‘abnormal quickness.’

I really enjoyed this article. Tim Howard is a fantastic keeper and this reminds us that athletes, celebrities, people that can compete with the greatest on the world stage can live, function, and excel with ‘disorders’ and ‘disabilities’. And that such a condition is not necessarily impart horrible, awful consequences on people.

However, I’d appreciate this more if the article was titled: “Tim Howard is such an amazing goalie that he is capable of saving Mufasa and the Titanic by his own merit, talent, and hard work, but he also has Tourette’s and that’s super cool too.”

  #world cup    #soccer    #futbol    #tim howard    #tourettes    #neurology    #oliver sacks    #medicine    #article  
  #article    #npr    #medicine    #hiv    #mississippi baby  

things i’ve learned in the past week

  • there is a real life tricorder (the scanning device from star trek) in fact there are like… several real life tricorders how cool is this?
  • summer evenings with buckle and fireflies and mimis is possibly one of the best things in the world.
  • okay so since brazil failed and my bracket is shot all i care about now is argentina winning the world cup on sunday. gotta keep it in the latin american family.
  • the difference between canvas paper, canvas board, and canvas…
  • mm im good at drawing abs but not hands.
  • so fall lattes are pumpkin spice and there are like zillions of winter lattes and coconut became my spring latte while i was studying for immunology and microbiology i need one for summer. lavender? chocolate raspberry?

At JEVS Human Services in North Philadelphia, which provides methadone, counseling and other addiction treatment services, muralist James Burns worked with clients to develop a mural entitled Personal Renaissance, that illustrates the path to recovery from addiction.  The mural’s symbolic imagery, which includes city buildings, machinery cogs, the cross section of a house and a vessel offered solemnly to the viewer, was inspired by the clients’ poetry, which they wrote in workshops led by Ursula Rucker, a spoken-word artist.

Mural Arts reached out to the neighborhood surrounding JEVS, inviting community residents to work alongside clients to create the mural.  This project provided a unique occasion for neighbors of JEVS to enter the facility, learn about the valuable services it provides, and make a personal connection to those in the recovery community.

A representative from the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program came to speak about some of the pieces in the collection and share their stories; this one particularly inspired me. I wish the story had been teased out a little bit more; the art studio was located underneath the methadone clinic. The patients found a wonderful outlet for their creativity and their productivity while in rehabilitation, while those drawn to the mural and the arts program were introduced to and educated about the facility.

As he spoke, I wrote down “this is really incredible!” What a wonderful example of how health sciences and the arts can speak to each other in such a meaningful way.

  #arts    #medicine    #philadelphia    #mural arts    #personal renaissance    #methadone    #rehabilitation  
  #obesity    #medicine    #article    #npr  
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.
Thich Nhat Hanh

- Sketch book from this week. 

- New daily planner.

- Soy milk friend for my phone. ^_^

  #personal    #my art    #soya  

I forgot to mention I’m back up north in the city again (although it doesn’t feel like “the north”). Honestly, the best part about living alone for the summer is that as soon as I get home, I latch the door and *woosh* all the clothes come off (off).

(naked time)

11a already this morning was so relaxing.

I’m already two weeks into a 9a-5p community development job which I’ll write about later. Enjoying being productive and transformed and being tired when I get home and just getting to sit and relax instead of stuying and worrying about how much information I’m not retaining. 

Being in the city without having to study is funn too I can explore a little bit more. Move around a little bit more. Find new places. No plans for this weekend so I can just watch the futbol games and have some good food, fancy lattes and read and sketch in new cafes. 

I haven’t been reading as much as I wanted too but I have been making time to start sketching again. I’m starting a figure painting class next week and excited about that, I’ll actually go and do things. ^_^