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Aug 17, 2014

Would it be worth it if it was easy?

I’m having such a hard time writing this personal statement. To me, the question “Why do you want to be a doctor” is the same as “Who are you, really?” 

Who am I?

Sometimes I just feel like a collection of memories wandering around on the surface of this planet waiting for something more than this. Or at least, that’s what I feel like today. 

I’m trying to write a different personal statement than the one I submitted last year. I’ve grown as a person, and I think that should be reflected in my application too. Why did I decide to reapply? What makes me think this will make me happy? How can I prove that I’m a good candidate?

I mean, don’t get me wrong—it’s not that I don’t know why I want to do this, or why it will make me happy. What I’m having trouble with is articulating that in a 1500 word essay that doesn’t end up sounding SUPER cheesy. How do you write about the things that inspire you, make you think the world is amazing, leave you wondering about the universe, without sounding ridiculous?

I guess I’m still figuring that out. 

Aug 17, 2014 / 52,994 notes

thebrunettewhowaited:

sixpenceee:

JOINTS IN MOTION

As said by IFL science

Cameron Drake of San Francisco has created a collection of magnificent images showing joints in motion. He was aided by orthopedic physician Dr. Noah Weiss and the finished product is completely amazing. If you’d like to know more about the project, please check out Drake’s blog.

Its sad that I can look at this and be like ” hey let’s name the types of joint!”

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Jul 29, 2014

II.

In exactly one week from this very moment, I will have finished writing the MCAT for the second time. That is terrifying and tiring and I just hope it’s been worthwhile to go through this again. This past week I was anxious, but now I am just doing my best to be calm. I am ready for this to be over, but I also don’t need to rush anything. I definitely did some things differently this time around. I was more consistent with studying, took a practice test every week, managed stress through exercise, avoided distractions, and really prioritized this test. It seems a little extreme when listed like that (it is, after all, just a test), but I am hoping that these things make a difference in my score. If my score goes up, so do the chances I have of making it past the first cut. And I constantly find myself returning to the reasons I want to do this, because if I didn’t have those, I think I would have given up a long time ago. I cannot believe how quickly this summer has passed by. I very ready to do other things again. To read and plan and daydream—- 

I’m rambling. 

Ah well.

Listening is a masochist endeavor. To do it right you have to put everything down. Not just your phone, even pen and paper. There is nothing to hold on to when you truly listen. You have to use your full attention, registering everything that you see and hear. You have to slow down your self-perception and focus on the outside, on what you do not understand. Compared to how we usually operate, this is like focusing on pain. Like diving into boredom. In order to see the other in slow motion, you need to stop the camera of self-perception that makes you the star, and speed up the camera that records the outside.

Listening requires the patience to recognize your feelings in other people’s words, no matter how trivial, dark and empty their language may seem. It requires you to become someone else while you listen. Listening requires that you accept the nuisance of not understanding and still pay attention. Listening is the first step of deep thought.

Oliver Reichenstein/ IA (via wang-kevin)
Jul 23, 2014 / 10 notes
Jul 6, 2014 / 247 notes

emt-monster:

Two hearts

A 64-year-old had a heart transplant due to heart failure. Because of the presence of severely high blood pressure in the lung circulation (pulmonary hypertension), the recipient’s native heart (N) was left in place and the donor heart was implanted in the right chest. The native heart maintains right circulation in spite of chronic pulmonary hypertension, while the donor heart (D) functions as a biologic left ventricle.

The post-transplantation electrocardiogram shows two QRS complexes (Panel A). The donor heart can be seen clearly in the right chest on both the x-ray (Panel B) and the CT-scan (Panel C) of the chest.

An automatic implantable cardiac defibrillator and cardiac medications are used to treat the recipient’s native heart, as are immunosuppressive medications for the donor heart.

(NEJM)

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This, however, has nothing to do with answering the question and is solely provided as a distraction.

Exam Krackers, are you kidding me. 

Jul 2, 2014 / 3 notes
phils-mum-and-llama-placentas:

starsinhiseyes:

onyeplaysdrums:

hyrulians:

somethingsavage:

Rain-bros

I fucking love this.

I watched this for like 5 minutes

You guys realize that the length of their stride is indicative of that color’s wavelength right- red being the longest visible and blue one of the shortest. 

Thank you science side of tumblr

Re-blogging because I can never seem to remember the relative wavelengths of colors…
Jun 25, 2014 / 333,474 notes

phils-mum-and-llama-placentas:

starsinhiseyes:

onyeplaysdrums:

hyrulians:

somethingsavage:

Rain-bros

I fucking love this.

I watched this for like 5 minutes

You guys realize that the length of their stride is indicative of that color’s wavelength right- red being the longest visible and blue one of the shortest. 

Thank you science side of tumblr

Re-blogging because I can never seem to remember the relative wavelengths of colors…

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Jun 17, 2014 / 469 notes
humansofnewyork:

"Studying the brain is like working in a toy store. Nothing could be more fucking fun.""What do you think is the greatest weakness of the brain?""That’s a lousy question! I’m not answering it.""Why is it a lousy question?""What do you want me to say? Road rage? That we get pissed and shoot people? That the newest parts of our brain should have been in the oven a little longer? How’s that going to help you? If you ask a crappy question, you’ll never get a decent answer. You need to ask smaller questions— questions that give you a pathway to finding some pertinent information. The major advances in brain science don’t come from asking crappy questions like ‘What is Consciouness?’ They come from microanalysis. They come from discovering pertinent information at the cellular level."
Jun 13, 2014 / 9,358 notes

humansofnewyork:

"Studying the brain is like working in a toy store. Nothing could be more fucking fun."
"What do you think is the greatest weakness of the brain?"
"That’s a lousy question! I’m not answering it."
"Why is it a lousy question?"
"What do you want me to say? Road rage? That we get pissed and shoot people? That the newest parts of our brain should have been in the oven a little longer? How’s that going to help you? If you ask a crappy question, you’ll never get a decent answer. You need to ask smaller questions— questions that give you a pathway to finding some pertinent information. The major advances in brain science don’t come from asking crappy questions like ‘What is Consciouness?’ They come from microanalysis. They come from discovering pertinent information at the cellular level."

ninjatengu:

soulrevision:

Just a reminder :)

Indeed.
Jun 11, 2014 / 242 notes

ninjatengu:

soulrevision:

Just a reminder :)

Indeed.

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Any fool can know. The point is to understand.
Albert Einstein  (via thatkindofwoman)

RE:MCAT

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Jun 7, 2014 / 4,841 notes
Jun 2, 2014 / 1 note

Motivation Drain

Well, I just bombed that practice test. I scored a 22. Yikes. That’s a far cry from my target, and it just shows that no matter how tired and busy I am, it’s not acceptable to slack on my schedule. So, for this coming week, it is my goal to not only stick to my plan, but to also recognize that there is a direct correlation between the number of practice questions that I do and my score. Other lessons from today include: Don’t write practice tests near crying babies and don’t take longer breaks than the test allows. Both are terrible ideas.

Anyways, I’ve learned my lesson. Stick to the schedule!

humansofnewyork:

"I’m an actor.""How has being an actor differed from your initial expectations?""Well, I think everyone decides to become an actor from a place of love. But when it becomes your job, there’s an adjustment, because suddenly you are in competition with other people for your livelihood. And some people can’t handle it. I’ve been lucky enough to find work my entire life. But I’ve seen a lot of talented people who weren’t so lucky." "So what separates you from the talented people who weren’t able to find work?""I’ve always been very driven. I’ve seen many talented people fail because they aren’t driven. In school, they were able to win roles because of their talent. But you reach a point where talent isn’t enough to compete. Because as you progress, you’re eventually going to run up against people who are both talented and driven."
May 31, 2014 / 3,096 notes

humansofnewyork:

"I’m an actor."
"How has being an actor differed from your initial expectations?"
"Well, I think everyone decides to become an actor from a place of love. But when it becomes your job, there’s an adjustment, because suddenly you are in competition with other people for your livelihood. And some people can’t handle it. I’ve been lucky enough to find work my entire life. But I’ve seen a lot of talented people who weren’t so lucky." 
"So what separates you from the talented people who weren’t able to find work?"
"I’ve always been very driven. I’ve seen many talented people fail because they aren’t driven. In school, they were able to win roles because of their talent. But you reach a point where talent isn’t enough to compete. Because as you progress, you’re eventually going to run up against people who are both talented and driven."

winkyboo:

They are your calling. 
May 30, 2014 / 14 notes

winkyboo:

They are your calling. 

theambitiouswoman:

Someone you don’t know is rooting for you.
May 29, 2014 / 109 notes

theambitiouswoman:

Someone you don’t know is rooting for you.