Thursday, June 3, 2010

Summer Begins Now

Wow, it's been almost 2 weeks since I last posted. o_O Much has happened since, but I'll try to keep this short and sweet.
1. Final exams finished last Friday. They were all surprisingly brutal, but I kicked ass on neurosci (thanks to my PowerPoint). I can finally put the "M" of "M.D." behind my name now, lol.

2. I got my pediatric externship placements. I'm doing peds ID (infectious disease) for 2 weeks, primary care peds for 2 weeks, and then peds rheumatology for 4 weeks. I didn't even rank peds rheumatology, so I'm not sure why/how I got that. I'm not entirely sure what peds rheumatology is all about even - I'm guessing a lot of musculoskeletal issues like juvenile arthritis. I also hear that it's pretty genetics heavy, so this should be interesting. I start with peds ID next Monday.

3. Henry, my roommate, and I took a weekend trip to Chicago right after finals. We stayed with one of my roommate's friends, who has an amazing apartment in downtown Chicago. I'm pretty sure I spent more during this weekend trip to Chicago than my 4 days in Washington, DC. Some places we visited include:

Millennium Park (see the Bean!)

Grant Park

Downtown Chicago

Navy Pier


We watched The Prince of Persia which was a surprisingly good movie . . . after I got past the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal isn't even remotely Persian-looking (though, he was quite hot in the movie). While watching the movie, I couldn't help but notice the sheer amount of parkour in it. We also had Korean bbq, which was good. The Korean waitress attending us got quite annoyed at us (quite possibly because we weren't Korean, lol).

4. Spent 4 hours with my co-president planning out all the 2010-2011 APAMSA events. That was an epic 4 hours.

5. Had dinner with my lab group in downtown. Fun times. One of my labmates is getting married in July and I finally sent in my RSVP, lol.

6. Made steak last night for the first time ever. It actually turned out really well! Hurray for merlot. :-D Next, to learn how to cook fish. Also, the Chinese bbq duck (that I bought in Chinatown) paired oddly well with merlot.

7. Will be having a dinner meeting with the LGBTPM board and one of the 3 faculty advisors in about 45 minutes.
That's about all there is for now. Tune in next time for another post. :-P


Ron said...

i can't believe you're already done with the school year... i've got exams on the 11th, 12th and 17th... then only 9 days for my mid-year break before i head back to it, to start my 2 other rotations and begin the academic semester on 'integrated medicine' (topics that bunch up all the stuff we've learned in the past 2.5 years)... but yeah definitely, if i get past these set of exams this month, I'll also officially be half-doctor ahha..

so it'll have the "M.B." but out of "M.B.B.S" hah..

but yeah i'm massively jealous about you being on break. and thanks for those powerpoints again, i think i'll run through them sometime this weekend!


Mike said...

Those pics of Chicago are beautiful. I really want to go.

So glad your steak turned out well!!! YUM!!!

naturgesetz said...

The thing about fish is to avoid overcooking.

I like to bake haddock. It should be coated on both sides with olive oil or melted butter, covered with bread crumbs or cracker crumbs and baked, skin side down, in a 350° (F) oven for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness. If it is thinner at one end, fold that end under to make it uniform. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork and is still moist. (If it's dry, it's overdone.) If you want to add herbs or spices, go a head, but start out sparingly.

I prefer steaming salmon.

Bon app├ętit.

And I'm glad you enjoyed Chicago.

Biki said...

Your pictures of Chicago made me miss it so much! Thanks, it was kinda like a memory lane trip! No, I didnt grow up in Chicago, but we spent a lot of time there when I was small.

I'm interested in hearing your views and experiences with your externship! Please keep us posted!

. said...

Hey Aek really nice travel to Chicago pics! Your steak and duck sounds really good too! You will have to share pics of the food you cooked next time. It is always fun to read your blog! Have a super duper good week!

. said...

Hey Aek not sure where to respond to your I will try here...yep those are all cars...junky huh? Hope you are doing well !!