Category Archives: School

The Role Of Luck In Our Lives


It’s interesting to see how people view the role of luck in their lives, and how these perceptions reflect on their own views of themselves. Recent research has shown that chance plays a far larger role in our lives than … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 6


My work week in Solo rapidly became an established routine of bedside rounds in the morning, followed by lunch, then didactic sessions in the afternoon, using the slide sets of medical topics I brought with me from the States. I … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 5


Shortly after arriving in Solo, I asked the team at the hospital regarding personal safety, and how safe should I feel walking around the local streets by myself, especially at night. Having an armed guard outside of the bungalow where … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 3


I was discovering I had a lot to learn in my role as teacher to my new medical colleagues in the regional hospital in Surakarta (Solo). The hospital system operated along rigid guidelines laid down by the local bureaucracy, and … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Chapter 2


My first night in Solo, I must confess, was not a restful one. Like a child, I ended up sleeping with the light turned on, as I kept hearing noises I wasn’t used to, and the idea of sharing my … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Indonesia Chapter 1


Garuda is the Indonesian national airline, and the change in amenities it provided on the flight from Bangkok to Jakarta was a stark reminder that I, like Dorothy, wasn’t in Kansas anymore. My memories of that trip are like a … Continue reading

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Southeast Asia – Hong Kong


It all started with my mentor, Dr. Pincus. He came up to me in the hospital hallway one day, asking me if I was interested in taking a break in my training program, and travel to Indonesia to teach a … Continue reading

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A Mentor for Life


The randomness of life can result in profound influences on our choices of what we do and who we become. Take for instance a Saturday in November during my third year of medical residency when I decided to go bike … Continue reading

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War Stories From County – Chapter 6


As I mentioned in a prior post, my attending on the medicine service was an infectious disease specialist by training, and he persuaded me to select the infectious disease service as one of my electives. It was one of those … Continue reading

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War Stories From The County Chapter 5


The following are some random vignettes to give you, the reader, a peek beyond the curtain of healing, disease and medical care that made County different from other hospitals. Given the size of the program and the lack of formal … Continue reading

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