- Dextrocardia is when the heart is on the right, instead of the left, side of the body. It happens in about 1 in 12,000 people.
- Your hair being straight or curly depends on the shape of the hair follicle - if you have curly hair, your follicle is asymmetric and oval, and if you hair is straight, your hair follicles are symmetrical.
- A porcelain gallbladder is a calcified gallbladder that looks cool, but actually is something that needs to be removed because it carries a higher risk of cancer.
on the internet
- Elyse shares her experiences with being in a long distance relationship in medicine.
- Instagram vs real life: a MUST lol read.
- Isn't it great when someone wears something you just purchased so you can copy it (that adorable skirt from J.Crew that has yet to show up at my house)? Thanks, girl!
- I've heard so many good things about the Topshop tanks (check out those reviews!) so I'm debating trying one out finally - have any of you tried it yet?
- How freaking CUTE is this pom pom dress from Banana Republic?! Want.
- I bought these glitter sandals from Target a few years ago, but they were unfortunately ruined...so maybe it's time to get a second pair!
ask my anything
- Shapewear suggestions? I hate the little belly pudge some dresses so nicely showcase.
- Ugh, I totally feel you - I hate that too! I've been wearing this fairly inexpensive shaper from Target, and it works pretty well! It's not perfect, but it does hold everything in a bit more!
- What are the reasons why you want to do OBGYN?
- Ohhhh, good question, and something I've been working on being able to verbalize lately. When I was applying to medical school, I really thought I was going to go into family medicine like my father before me - I love the continuity of care, being a person's doctor (not just someone they see once), basically growing up with your patients. Then I did my family med rotation, and it just didn't click for me. Then I did my surgery rotations, and while there are many reasons why I knew that wasn't for me either, I really liked the hands-on aspect of it. I've always been a very handsy crafty person, so I loved that you can fix people with just your hands. Then I did my OB rotation, and it all clicked - the continuity of care, the surgery aspect I didn't really know I had wanted, relatively healthy patients and of course, you get to be there for the happiest day of people's lives. A doctor told me recently the reason she loves OB is because it's the only route where multiple times a day, you walk into a patient's room and say "Congratulations!", and that also very much is true - how many other times in medicine do you get to witness such happiness? All in all, it really is the perfect place for me!
- Studying for the MCAT...any tips? What was your personal experience? How did you score? Was your score competitive for both MD and DO schools?
- Do as many practice questions as possible! I don't know what the format is right now, but I would do sections of practice questions that are as long as the MCAT, so you can mentally train to answer questions for that period of time (that's what I do for board studying!). Doing a ton of practice questions was how I improved my score 4 points when I took it the second time. As for my own score, it was average for MD schools at the time. Now I think that DO and MD schools actually have pretty similar average MCAT scores just because it's constantly getting more competitive. You will do great!!
- on the blog: the most boring budget month of all time.
- on the instagram: celebrations were in order - only three more medical school exams ever.
- on the twitter: !!!!
- Ann Taylor: 50% off full priced items
- I'm 100% ordering this amazing short sleeved wrap dress. I love everything about it.
- Do you have a fun tropical vacation coming up? You need these palm leaf shorts. Love them!!
- The only skirt you'll need this summer.
- Anthropologie: 30% off sale items
- Now that this cute peplum top is on sale, I want to try it out even more. I just love that slight peplum look!
- It's a bit to warm outside to wear a wool-looking midi skirt, but I love the idea of it for the fall and early winter!
- I have been eyeing up these cute navy and white pillows for months now - I need all three!
- Nordstrom: half yearly sale
- Work-out stuff: I'm ordering the Zella racer top because my garage is too hot to work out in with cotton t-shirts. I'm also considering these fun patterned Nike pants for the time I go to my air conditioned gym. And last, while not exactly for working out, these Michael Kors sneakers are perfect for the athleisure trend. Hello, cute blush shoes!
- Shoes: Tory Burch Revas, which rarely go on sale, are now 33% off!!!! Also, Jack Rogers has the cutest scalloped flats that I'm so tempted by. Hunter also has a really cute whimsical pair of rain boots!
- Bags: I have loved the black version of Michael Michael Kor's messenger bag, and now it's 40% off - I think now's the time! Sole Society's duffel bag is now on sale - people rave about this bag, so if you are in need of a weekender, this would be a great deal! And while this perforated Kate Spade bag is just a littttttle out of my price range, I really want the blush version of it.
- I'm finally home! It was such a quick, great four weeks away, but there are certain things I'm really happy about - the fact I don't have to wear flip flops to shower, don't need noise canceling headphones to sleep, and you know, my boys are here too :)
- After four weeks of only hospital food though, it's also time to get back on track! I started BBG yesterday (omg, my legs!), stocked up on vegetables, and am ready to feel healthier again.
- Now starts our month of board studying. I'm feeling pretty motivated about studying, and am excited to just have four weeks at home. Because I obviously want to do well on these exams, my presence around here will be on the lighter side. I was debating going on a little blogging vacation, but I think I'd miss doing this too much. So you'll only hear from me once or twice a week for the next month or so, and it'll be a bit light in July as well as I'll be on an away audition. These next six months are going to be pretty hectic around here! But, in 52 weeks from today (!!!) we graduate so that's the end of the tunnel ;)