Research Continues and Weekend Recap

Hey everyone!

This morning I had a research meeting. I was feeling pretty nervous because the doctor overseeing my research was going to be reading my manuscript and giving me feedback. It is definitely superficial, but wearing a cute outfit makes me feel more confident.

Shirt- Banana Republic via Clothes Mentor. Skirt- J. Crew via Clothes Mentor

Shirt- Banana Republic via Clothes Mentor. Skirt- J. Crew via Clothes Mentor

I had no reason to be nervous, though, because my mentor gave me GREAT feedback on my manuscript. She gave me some very minor revisions, but said it looks like it is about ready to submit! I did not enter this summer with the intention to first author a manuscript! I am so surprised and excited about what I was able to accomplish this summer.

I wanted to recap a little of the weekend. Dan and I went back to Cleveland. He had an appointment up there, and I at the last minute, decided to go with him. Friday was spent on the 4 hours car ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland and then at the doctor’s office. We went to dinner at B Spot. Then we walked around Crocker Park, an outdoor mall. That night we relaxed and watched Big Love.

On Saturday we intended to go to Cuyahoga Valley National Park, but rain was in the forecast. We didn’t want to make the 40 minute drive to the park just to get rained on. Instead, we opted for a walk around the city of Cleveland.

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About 3 minutes after I took this photo, it started pouring rain. We were on a bridge where there was no shelter and we were over a mile away from the car. Needless to say, we were drenched by the time we got back to the car. It was so fun to run like a maniac in the rain, though.

Prior to our walk, we went out to breakfast at Latitude 41. I forgot to snap a photo of my breakfast until it was half eaten…

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I absolutely loved Latitude 41. Dan and I both got the $4.95 Menage a Trois special. This special is available Monday-Saturday before 11am. You get 2 eggs however you like, toast, 2 bacon strips, 2 sausages, homefries, and coffee. For $1 extra, you can add 2 additional items to your breakfast which include: pan-seared oatmeal, the Ma3 quesadilla, french toast, pancake, fried tomato, fresh fruit, english muffin, an extra egg, cheese on eggs, or homemade coffee cake. Dan and I both got extras just so we could sample more of what the  restaurant had to offer. I had the pan-seared oatmeal and fresh fruit. Dan had the pancake and french toast. I was not a huge fan of the oatmeal, but I loved everything else. The french toast was amazing, though. It was like they used a cinnamon roll to make it with instead of bread.

We relaxed for the afternoon before heading out that night to celebrate Dan’s friend’s birthday.

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I am making a serious conscious effort to take more pictures!

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The Tower City Lights were Cleveland Cavalier’s colors! Welcome home Lebron! After a night of drinks, dinner, and fun at the casino, we had brunch with Dan’s parents on Sunday and headed back to Cincinnati.

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Gotta love those freaky signs on I-71 between Cleveland and Cincinnati!




Clinical Skillz Exam

Hey everyone.

I am currently in the very end of the musculoskeletal block. Today I had my Clinical Skills exam. The clinical skills exams are basically simulated patient encounters, so there are actors and actresses that play the role of the patient. They describe why they are at the doctor’s office, and we have to do a history and physical exam to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan. So, basically I get to wear my white coat and play doctor.


(This picture is pretty old! It’s from back in September after my first time shadowing at Cincinnati Children’s. I need to take more pictures in my white coat.)

Anyways, Clinical Skills exams make me SO nervous. I usually get a little bit anxious before tests, but Clinical Skills takes my test anxiety to a whole other level. I really don’t have a problem interacting with patients. I think I am pretty good at it, actually. But, I get so nervous that I will forget something or that I won’t be able to come up with a diagnosis or I won’t know what to say. I actually envision myself breaking down in tears, running out of the room, and failing. Obviously, none of that happened today. I had two smooth, comfortable patient encounters and made two correct diagnoses.

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(OSCE=Objective Structured Clinical Examination)

After my exam, I studied a bit more. I have a gross anatomy final exam tomorrow. The exam is 80 minutes long. We walk around the gross anatomy lab, answering questions about various structures tagged on our cadavers. I hate gross anatomy. I hate learning anatomy in general. I do not find it interesting. I do not enjoy dissection. And the number one thing I’ve learned in the musculoskeletal block is that I will not become an orthopedist, a sports medicine doctor, or a neurologist.

So, after studying anatomy, a little of this happened…


I am so obsessed with House of Cards! I was skeptical before I started watching it because I don’t normally like political dramas, but House of Cards is SO MUCH MORE.

This happened also…


Oats in a Jar. If you don’t know what oats in a jar is, do yourself a favor and Google it right now. Here’s the gist: you have to wait until you have an almost empty jar of peanut butter. Then, you make oatmeal (however you like it) and dump the hot oats into the almost empty jar of peanut butter which gets all warm and creamy and amazing. Oats in a jar days are special days, the best days.

Lucky for me I eat at least 1 jar of peanut butter a week, so oats in a jar days are not too rare around these parts.

Also, Peanut Butter Co. White Chocolate Wonderful is insanely good.

Okay…time for me to veg out. I have a 5am workout tomorrow, and I need to kick some gross anatomy booty right afterwards.