1. Great Role Model
What a great final week! I got to see a couple of spinal surgeries, took some pictures (included), went to some interesting lectures, and saw lots of patients in clinic. I also got to spend some time talking to my preceptor. We got plans together for my poster and reviewed how my internship had been going. She is someone I admire so much for not only her work ethic, but also the way she interacts with her patients. She is a great role model and continuously went out of her way to accommodate me and ensure I had everything I needed. It will be hard to say goodbye to everyone today including the residents and my preceptor’s partners. I will really miss going into the hospital every day, but it gave me a preview of what my life can be one day. I still love orthopedics and the impact you can have on people’s lives. I can honestly say this has been one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. Thank you to our Nth Dimensions family and everyone else who made this summer amazing!
2. The Cupping Method
This week was pretty good. I did a lot of research and finally got started on my poster. This week was most of the same things I have been doing. Something interesting that I learned this week was the cupping method. By using cups you can loosen the muscle and other muscles deeper within the area. It was pretty cool watching it because I’ve never seen it before. Overall I’m learning a lot during each week and I can’t believe it’s almost over. The summer has flown by but it has been so much fun!
Also, Nia, Lauren, Angie and I met with Dr. Mason for brunch today! It was a lot of fun catching up with everyone and talking to Dr. Mason outside a professional setting. It was a good Saturday for the girls 😊
3. Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation Surgery
This week on Monday I got to scrub into an osteochondral allograft transplantation surgery for a 22mm cartilage lesion of the knee. I also got to see another ACL allograft reconstruction. On Tuesday I saw patients in clinic, and continue to improve in presenting patients in an ordered way. On Friday about 150 medical students presented the research they have been doing over the summer at the annual Josiah brown poster fair at UCLA. I presented my poster for about 1.5 hours, it was a really great experience and great practice before NMA. I am still working on my project and hope to have an updated poster with updated results for NMA.
4. Dr. Rahmat Ali in Interventional Radiology.
The highlight of my week was with Dr. Rahmat Ali in Interventional Radiology. He was fun, encouraging, and very personable. He allowed me to spend time with patients prior to procedures and answered every question I had. I think the one thing I learned from him was to ignore doubts about my aptitude. When he told me to scrub in, initially I was nervous, but confidence makes a difference. Ten hours later, I felt like I belonged there right next to him and did not want to leave. I have to admit, I was so happy to see my name in his note, stating the procedure was assisted by Kristen Williams (MS2). It was such a proud moment for me. Enjoy your week everyone and I'll see you soon :)
5. Welcome Life Events
And the trend of major life moments happening during this internship continues. My sister and her husband welcomed their first child and my family cannot be more ecstatic.
Thus, my week was shortened by one day as I rushed to Dallas. Unfortunately this rush happened amidst a tragedy on the Texas Medical Center campus due to the senseless killing of a renowned cardiologist.
Aside from this, my week was focused on research completely. I finished my poster and began wrapping up work for my other two ongoing projects. Sorry for the brief post, gonna go hold my nephew.