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final match day post

23 Mar

Okay, y’all have been tolerating my discussions of the match ad nauseam.  Here is the last post, which provides some explanation for how we managed to get John a job and our family a house within a few hours of the match.

Before the match, I used my anxiety as an excuse for being non-productive…now I fear I’m letting my shear joy and excitement get the best of me.  40 more pages of writing, lots of house-keeping details, the au pair search, and a major move–Go!

In John’s med school sweatshirt (commandeered years ago) the night before the match:

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university of virginia!!!!!!!!

20 Mar

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be a resident in pediatrics at the University of Virginia!  UVA.  Home.  John secured a position in the area and we already signed on a house–lots of big steps for us!

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I regret that I didn’t have much of an opportunity to celebrate with my class and take more pictures (Ari flat out refused), but weather (snow/sleet/sludge) + parking 15 blocks away + match time being the same as nap time made for a rather tenuous family outing.  Still, the little ones were good distractions when I waited for my name to be drawn out of the hat.  And I was so thankful to be able to share it with them, with John, with my class–it’s a unique rite of passage, for sure!

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More soon.  Thank you to everyone for the support in the last few weeks, in the last five years really. CONGRATULATIONS PENN MED 2015!!!!!

second post in the series…

18 Mar

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To avoid being redundant, I’ll redirect you here for a little about what I’m experiencing in the days leading up to MATCH DAY!!  (Gah!  Less than 48 hours!)  The hours are long, and I’ve become superstitious (and a little nauseated).


16 Mar

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I’m going to be a pediatrician!!!

Let’s just say that I’m possibly even happier than Ari is when visiting castles, eating pizza, and petting a donkey.

Less than four days until I find out where I’ll be training!


words of a physician writer

15 Mar

The physician-writer: a profession in itself.  I was drawn to the writings of physicians before I was called to the field of medicine.  John Keats (though he never practiced medicine), William Carlos WilliamsOliver SacksAtul Gawande, to name a few of the greats.

I stumbled upon this article last year and was taken in by both the story and the telling of it.  And, of course, the questions Dr. Paul Kalanithi pondered in the piece forced me to take pause longer than I found comfortable.  I was sad to learn that he died earlier this week, on March 9th, after living nearly two years with stage-4 non-small-cell lung cancer.  He was 37 years old.

In “Before I Go,” he writes to his infant daughter:

That message is simple: When you come to one of the many moments in life when you must give an account of yourself, provide a ledger of what you have been, and done, and meant to the world, do not, I pray, discount that you filled a dying man’s days with a sated joy, a joy unknown to me in all my prior years, a joy that does not hunger for more and more, but rests, satisfied. In this time, right now, that is an enormous thing.

family and french countryside before the big day

13 Mar

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We’re back!  Looking forward to writing about our adventures.  For now, excited to share that I’ll be contributing three posts to the Penn Medicine News Blog about my thoughts leading up to and after Match Day.  The first post is up!

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we are off!

23 Feb

We are leaving for France in a matter of hours!  I cannot wait to see my family and meet my cousin’s fiance.  (I’ll have to miss their wedding because it’s happening right at the beginning of residency.  But in a way it’s great to be in France a few months early because I’ll actually get to spend time with the people I love, you know?)


Above are Ari and Evie’s treasures to be opened at opportune times in flight in an effort to maintain everyone’s sanity.  Thanks so much to a fellow reader for the suggestion!  I bought pretty much everything in the Target dollar aisle that had anything to do with Frozen.  Not pictured: our HUGE variety of snacks.  For the next 24 hours, our kids are going to be spoiled rotten.  (For any fellow passengers, we do have a few extra pairs of ear plugs; come early!)

Not bringing my computer along (I stayed up until 2am Saturday finishing a paper–whew!!), so likely won’t be blogging much, if at all (and definitely not planning on doing work!).  Looking forward to reporting back on our adventures!  From this weekend, at the birthday of two friends:

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17 Feb

I’m trying to publish a paper on some qualitative research I performed in my second year of med school.  The research certainly had its flaws but, in the end, provided some valuable insights.  Getting qualitative research published is tricky, and all the rejection I’ve received in my quest has built character.

Consider this final quote from my most recent reviewer:

The above are just a few random thoughts rather than a detailed assessment of this manuscript as here is no need to put salt on every slug in sight.  Nonetheless, I fail to see how this manuscript can be of interest to people with a genuine understanding of qualitative research or to clinicians who value evidence above unsubstantiated opinion.

For the record, the second reviewer thought the paper should be accepted for publication without modification.  Shoot.

adventure aquarium

16 Feb

IMG_7813 IMG_7815 IMG_7816This Saturday we met some friends at the New Jersey Aquarium.  It must be me, but I never noticed how much kid-friendly stuff was included at a number of attractions until I had kids of my own…and now I’m so appreciative.  Especially considering we were still battling mild head colds (but fully vaccinated), therefore not at our most enthusiastic, we had a blast!

Ari clearly couldn’t get enough of the fish.  John was fascinated by the poison dart frogs.  I loved watching the stingrays…though I’m kicking myself for not taking the opportunity to pet them!

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Evie was there too, keeping me company on the other side of the camera lens.

developmentally appropriate manipulation

15 Feb

“One more cuddle, one more!”

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And–oh–Ari grabbing Evie’s toes (their suppleness pictured below) and squealing “wee, wee, wee all the way home”–I am hopelessly wrapped around their fingers…toes (really any digit would serve).

IMG_7850 IMG_7853By the way, we fly overseas with the girls in just a little over a week!!  We got great suggestions from friends about some helpful apps because, after this catastrophic flight, we’re not really expecting either one of them to sleep.  But I think I’d also like to get my hands on a couple new paperback books.  I’m tempted by this one, by the same author as Rosie Revere, Engineer, a big favorite in our household.  Also consulting this list.  Any recommendations/suggestions/advice?

I thought this idea for flights with small kids to be pretty endearing, but I don’t think I have it in me this week.  After I finish the paper I’m currently working on, I’ll only have about 45 pages left to write between me and graduation, so I’m trying to make a final push before we fly.  My apologies to the fellow flyers who are less than charmed by my very vocal progeny.