Meet Ivy, the Mini Dachshund!

Meet Ivy!

Ivy is the newest addition to my life in medical school and I love her so much. I got her two weeks ago, when she had just turned 13 weeks old, and I’m in love with her. She is a smooth coat English Cream Mini Dachshund and she has stolen my heart! She is less than thrilled when I wake her up at 3AM on exam mornings (need that last minute time to cram!) but I think she’s adjusting to life in medical school just fine. We’ve already met lots of our neighbors and she gets along well with the big dogs around the area, and she loves it! She is pretty brave for being a whopping 4.3 pounds!

I have begun crate training her (… and I prepared for the worse), but she has been an angel! She took to the crate immediately and I often find her sleeping in it throughout the day, even when I’m home! She is a little bit of a shy puppy, and I think the crate makes her feel safe. I always try to take her on long walks in the afternoon to make sure she’s tired before bed, but so far she’s slept through the night every night!

I’m so excited to have a tiny companion to help me through the next year of medical
school!

Fajita Stuffed Peppers

Hello again!

In the midst of everyone else I know from different medical schools being finished with their 1st year, we are still in school. Its kind of a bummer, but I just keep thinking about the glorious 4 week vacation thats coming my way. We’ve had a pretty crazy few weeks. We learned how to read EKGs, how to intubate a patient, how to start central and peripheral lines, and about every type of arrhythmia known to man – all in the last 14 days. They aren’t kidding when they say med school in a whirlwind. Since I think I want to go into Pediatrics, and Neonatology specifically, I especially love learning about congenital heart defects, but I know some of my classmates hate it. Its so funny how everyone finds their niche in medicine even early on. Its hard to believe anyone makes it out of the womb with a functioning heart, but yet millions of babies do daily! Life is truly a miracle, and its my goal to never forget that throughout my career, even if I’m really grumpy and tired and need more coffee ;-).

I’ve been trying to switch my diet over to more fruits and vegetables, and less everything else lately. But often times I feel like after my run I just want to eat everything. Does anyone else have this problem? I often make myself a green smoothie but 30 min later I’m hungry again! I’ve been running 5 days a week averaging about 4-5 miles each day. I’ve been consistent for about a month with this routine and its really been working for me. On the off days I either do 30 minutes on my exercise bike, or go to yoga (my absolute favorite!). We have the most adorable yoga studio here, but its downtown, so its a hassle to get to and find parking if you’re on a time crunch (which I always am…).

We have 4 exams coming up this week, and our week is only 4 days long… only in med school! I’ve been trying to become a master at reading EKGs and let me tell you, its really challenging. The amount of time and energy I have to put in just to figure out if its normal sinus rhythm is insane, I will forever bow down to cardiologist!

Anyways, this is a yummy recipe for stuffed peppers that I made today that were so good, I hope you enjoy!

Fajita Stuffed Peppers 

  • 4 red peppers
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 cup brown rice, cooked (you could also use quinoa!)
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • Parmesan cheese, fresh
  • 1 package of mushrooms, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 350. Cut the tops off the peppers and hollow them out, removing the seeds and the insides. Cook the ground turkey on medium heat until brown, drain. Add cooked rice, corn, mushrooms and tomatoes. Cook until mushrooms are soft. Add spices, salt and pepper to taste. Place the 4 peppers in a glass cooking dish and fill each half way with the turkey mixture, sprinkle some of the parmesan in, and then fill to the top with more of the turkey mixture. Top with lots of parmesan! I put them in the oven for about 25 minutes, but the pepper was still a little crunchy, so if you like the pepper soft I would do an extra 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!

Caprese Stuffed Chicken

Hi everyone!

We are now in our 4th week of cardio block and my life pretty much consists of study all day every day. Our whole class took a hit on our last Pathology exam – it was so hard. The entire class morale is pretty down in the dumps. I often find it hard not to get beaten down by med school. Here I’m surround by some of the smartest and hardest working people and it’s tough to see us all feel so defeated and low. I suppose this is part of the “right of passage” that all medical students go through but it’s still tough. Next time you go to your doc thank them for working their butt of in med school to help take great care of you! 😉 

Onto a yummy recipe I threw together in between my run and heading back to the library yesterday. 

Caprese Stuffed Chicken

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Fresh mozzarella 
  • Fresh tomatoes 
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt + Pepper

The first thing I did was pound the chicken breast each into thin strips, I cut them each in half so I had four. Then I cut the tomatoes into strips and the fresh mozzarella into chunks. I stuffed each breast with basil, tomatoe, mozzarella, and rolled them up into little chicken “roll ups”. I put them on tin foil and drizzled them with olive oil! I cooked them for 25 minutes at  375, or until the chicken reaches 160 degrees. I served it with some pasta. Enjoy!

    

Buffalo Chicken Bake 

Hi everyone,

I’m at this weird point where I’m trying to do everything at once and it’s stressing me out. I’m in the process of getting my new house set up for next year, event planning for Pediatrics Club, getting things ready for the incoming first years (yay!) and studying for medical school. It’s a mess! I’ve also been cooking more, running more and trying to go to yoga more. I can’t keep up with everything sometimes, but I try! I hope I’m not the only one who looks at their schedule and all of the sudden can’t figure out how it got so full – ah.

This recipe is so easy and so good. I hope you enjoy! If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram! I post more often there! @theplumstethoscope

Buffalo Chicken Bake 

  • Package of organic chicken breast 
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (I did 1/2 cup mild, 1/2 cup spicy) 
  • 1 tbsp butter 
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella

All I did was spread a pan with olive oil and placed the chicken breast in. I covered them with the sauce and stuck them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 350. Then I added the mozzarella on top and popped in back into the over for 5-10 minutes. I served mine ontop of quinoa. I hope you enjoy!

  

Crunchy Fish Tacos 

Hello everyone!

Another hectic week of medical school down. We had a ton of labs this week, and by 6pm everyday I was completely spent! I ran 5 days and totaled 26.3 miles this week which is actually pretty high for me. 

We have our very first cardio anatomy practical coming up this next week and I’m pretty nervous! The heart actually seems fairly intuitive so I’m hoping this one is easier than what we’ve been faced with in the past. I’ve been using my Pathoma subscription a ton already during this block and it’s really been helpful- I highly recommend it if you are clueless about cardiovascular pathology like I was :-). 

Okay- enough boring stuff! Here is a super summery recipe that I hope you love!

Crunchy White Fish Tacos 

  • Any type of white fish (I used cod) 
  • Crushed pecans
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 limes 
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • A little bit of cilantro 
  • Cabbage

The first thing I did was crush up the pecans, then I cut up my fish into strips and dunked them in the egg, I put them in the crushed pecans after and set them on a tin foil lined baking sheet. I popped them in the oven at 375 until the fish began to brown, the I flipped them and cooked them a little longer. I removed them from the oven and put them in small flour tortillas. I mix the yogurt, lime juice, mayo, and cilantro up until it tastes yummy, then topped the fish with the sauce and some cabbage. So good!!  

 

Cheesey Baked Ziti

Hello!

One week into Cardio block and I actually don’t like it as much as I thought I would :-(. Right now it’s a lot of physicis and I think I’m having horrible flashbacks of MCAT studying haha! I’ve also been doing a lot for our Pediatric Student Interest group so I’ve been super busy! I hope you all had a lovely April! I got to travel home to see my parents and their puppy, Olive, and it was so great!  Look at this goofy face!


I have a yummy recipe today that is not low on the carbs! But it’s a hit and super easy to make! Enjoy!

Cheesy Baked Ziti

  • 1lb box ziti (or rigatoni)
  • 2 jars of tomato sauce (I didn’t quite use the whole 2 jars)
  • Shredded Parmesan
  • Shredded Mozzarella

Boil all of the pasta, drain and add in the sauce. I added the first jar and about 2/3 of the second jar. Mix it together and get out a dish. I layered the dish with half the pasta, then sprinkled the two cheeses over it, and added the other half. I topped with more cheese and popped it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes. I broiled on high for the last 3 minutes – although watch it closely because cheese burns quickly!

Everything I learned in Med School: Neuro Block

Hi everyone!

I started this fun idea last block to kind of collect my thoughts at the end of each block and to help me reflect and appreciate this crazy journey. You can read about what I learn in musculoskeletal block here! This block was nuts. It was 11 weeks of non-stop studying and there were times I thought I might not make it out of med school. Okay, I’m kind of being dramatic but this block was more mentally challenging than I ever expected. So without further delay…

Everything I learned in Med School: Neuroscience Block
This block focused on neuroscience, neuroanatomy, neurology, along with head, ear, nose and throat (ENT) physiology and pathologies.
What I learned:

  • The brain is complicated! And there are so many more pieces to the puzzle than you expect
  • Neurology is a amazing field but often focuses of symptom relief, as many diseases don’t have a cute.
  • The eye has free nerve endings which explains why it’s the only part of the body that a simple eyelash can cause extreme discomfort and pain
  • The smallest bones in the human body are in the middle ear (they are so cute!)
  • I could see myself being a neurologist. Now lifestyle, clinic life, I’m not sure about (that’s what rotations are for!) but the actual field of Neurology I love and could see myself doing in the future.
  • There really aren’t enough hours in the day. Some days I had to sacrifice my run to get stuff done and that’s okay. My number one job is to be the best student I can, so if that means running four days instead of 6 one week… Oh well!
  • Doing our “Stabdardized Patient” exams are my favorite and make me feel like a real doctor
  • The eyeball is crazy and sees things upside-down and filpped around! It’s so hard to figure out what’s going on when problems involve vision pathway. When in doubt…consult ophtho!
  • I’m thankful for all of the amazing supportive friends I have in school and in my life.
  • I really can’t wait to be a doctor