How to get to 100

By: Jose Rodriguez, MD Two years ago, I took my entire family to San Sebastian de Las Vegas del Pepino, Puerto Rico to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s (Abuela Orpa) 100th birthday. We had a wonderful time and it made me realize that there is a real possibility that I might have my own mother with … Continue reading How to get to 100

Residency in Paradise? How do I sign up?

By: Benjamin Brown, MD When I was applying for residency in January 2016, I came across a peculiar program that gave its residents an opportunity to travel abroad for a culture and language immersion rotation. At the time, I had been diligently attempting to learn Spanish. No matter what I tried (apps like DuoLingo and … Continue reading Residency in Paradise? How do I sign up?

Rural Utah

By: Julia Kammel, MD Have you ever heard of Bicknell, Utah? Neither had I. During our residency program we each have the opportunity to experience a month in a rural part of the country to learn how medicine is practiced there. I was lucky enough to be placed in Bicknell, Utah. To be honest, when … Continue reading Rural Utah

The Stroke, the Process, the Interview

By: Rachel Goossen, MD Two years ago, I received an email from my close friend, Kerri, to let me know that her husband, Dave, had had a pontine hemorrhagic stroke and was in the ICU at a hospital in our hometown of San Jose. Other than a bad headache just minutes before, there were no … Continue reading The Stroke, the Process, the Interview

Shop ’til You Drop: The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medications

By: Katie Traylor Nyquil and Afrin and Advil, oh my! I've been working in pharmacy for over 10 years now, and I still get overwhelmed every time I take a trip to the drug store to pick up pain reliever or even eye drops. According to the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA), the over-the-counter (OTC) … Continue reading Shop ’til You Drop: The Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medications

Can the college drinking problem be solved?

Originally published in the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants on December 18, 2017. The news is unrelenting about the serious problem college campuses have with student drinking. At Penn State, a 19-year-old man died while at a fraternity drinking party. A 20-year-old at Florida State died at a fraternity pledge party, and … Continue reading Can the college drinking problem be solved?