Here I wrote 52 posts plus a few bonus ones, and here they are all lined up in categories.
- a chronicling of firsts
- naive impressions of medicine
- recounting of procedures
- random medical think pieces
- #02, Jan: medical etymology – exploring Greek and Latin roots, eponymous diseases, trade names, and their implications
- #04, Jan: human bodies as an I/O system – honoring skeletal muscles
- #33, Aug: Laparoscopic Magikarp – about surgery, technology, and Pokemon. Probably my favorite post; informative, ironic, and inane.
- #47, Nov: sentinel activities – and sickened standards for functional status
- #49, Nov: least vital organs – Top 21 Vital Organs. You’ll never guess what’s eighteen!
- #52, Dec: here I wrote – the final and retrospect post
- descriptions of interesting environments
- #22, May: the adolescent psych unit – depressed high school students, i.e. high school students
- #23, June: the psych ED – a curiously concentrated collection of people actively freaking out
- #26, June: an autistic classroom – boys with social forcefields
- #28, July: the 5:30 am shuttle to Queens – surgery’s inhumane hours
- #29, July: the Queens ED trauma bay – and the ominous intercom
- the GERD series, about being a patient myself
- The surgery series, about struggling with a childhood ambition
- an exploration of difficult emotions
- #12, March: music, cancer, death – mourning the untimely deaths of three doctors, none of whom knew me
- #38, Sept: to watch her daughter die – good grief…
- #39, Oct: Imagination in the Stroke Ward – imagination and compassion and neurological devastation
- #41, Oct: Bad Brains – kids who we lost from the beginning
- #46, Nov: The Cost of Growing – a brutal case serves a harsh reminder of medicine’s reality.
- on end of life care
- other random musings
- #06, Feb: the humor of “high-yield” studying – this we published in our school’s arts journal Ascensus
- #07, Feb: a short story about running – running into a colorful character
- #17, April: basketball and Super Smash Bros Melee – what it means to follow sports
- #18, April: my signature piano piece – melding music and words
- #24, June: Autism on Broadway – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
- #50, Dec: music against medicine – celebrating music as an escape
- photographic posts, true to my website’s roots
- #15, April: Blossoms
- #25, June: Shmickey Wedding – so dapper!
- #27, June: Treacherous Traverse – White Mountains and dark fog
- #35.1, Sept: Boston Wedding – so spectacular!
- #40, Oct: My Manhattan View – featuring golden hour, clouds, and bad weather
- #51.1, Dec: Yucatán vacation – Cancun, cenotes, and Mayan ruins
- about running, my other big project this year
- random extras
- #01, On Anaesthetics – here, in the year’s first post, I write about having a colonoscopy. In retrospect, it’s so jovial and naive!
- #14, One Vote of Confidence – here I mull over my place in medicine. It was strange to admit so much about myself, but I thought it needed to be said.
- #33, Laparoscopic Magikarp – here I compare growing up with Pokémon to advances in modern surgery and draw parallels between endlessly catching Magikarp and my surgery rotation
- #34, My Hands Shake – here I turn my life into a story that is revealing, poetic, and a little scary. This topic I knew I was going to write since the beginning of the year and drafted 4 very different versions starting in January, but I waited for 2/3 of the year before attempting it. I wanted to do it right.
- #46, The Cost of Growing – here I write about a devastating but transformative case, one that showed me how far I’ve come this year but also illustrated the grim reality of learning in medicine.
Edit Sept 2017: reversed the order of this post. This used to be on top.
WAIT HERE I HAVE AN IDEA
So one consequence of writing every week is that any standout posts are immediately lost in a mass of lame obligatory posts. Originally, I just had a shortlist of posts that I (as the author) would recommend you read first if you could spare the time. However, can I recruit you — as the reader — for some audience participation? =)
Below, comments are enabled for this post, and I want to turn that into a link gallery to the best posts of the year! If there’s a post (or posts) that you read which stuck with you, can you please write a short comment about why that post? Don’t worry about hyperlinks; I can add them in for you. Thanks!
Of course, these comments will be great feedback for me as well, hehe. Other forms of feedback are always welcome too!