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Current Rank: 85 (Health & Medicine)
Site Description: Stories and histories of a neurosurgery resident, teacher, and writer
Date Joined: Jun 26, 2011

Tags: Neurosurgery, Med School, UP College of Medicine, Philippine General Hospital, INTARMED

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Five Valedictorians
on Mar 21, 2013 in Personal Commencement Address Family Parents Today, my youngest sister will graduate as valedictorian of her high school class. As she delivers her valedictory address on the podium, my engineer father and my homemaker mother will be listening from dedicated seats in the front row. Dapper in hi...

Lost Saturdays
on Feb 9, 2013 in Neurosurgery Clinical History Conversations Life of a Doctor PGH Residency “Inday, kakalbuhin ka muna ha?” Eric Reyes said to her 13-year-old daughter Ofelia as she lay restless on the operating table. I sat at the head end of the table, scissors in one hand while the other adjusted and focused the light on her...

Why Good Enough Is Never Good Enough
on Nov 28, 2012 in Med School Advice to Medical Students Clerkship College of Medicine Conversations Internship Study Habits “Nakaka-disappoint nga Sir, eh. Kaka-declare pa lang na suspended ang klase bukas dahil sa ulan, tinatanong na agad ako kung puwede bang half day sila. Nung (medical) clerk ako, kahit gaano pa kataas ‘yung baha at kahit gaano kalakas R...

You Can Only Take So Much Grief
on Nov 17, 2012 in Neurosurgery Life of a Doctor Residency It is hardest to talk to somebody mourning the sudden loss of a loved one. You are faced with questions that demand exact answers, but no explanation is ever enough, no course of action justified. Grief takes away all reason, leaving only an impenetr...

on Oct 23, 2012 in Med School Advice to Medical Students Clerkship Letter Life of a Doctor Let me make it clear that when I saw the patient six hours after his surgery, I recognized right away that he was not fully awake. That was why when I noticed you and your co-intern sitting behind the desk just beside the patient’s bed, my firs...

Being the Happy Resident
on Aug 29, 2012 in Neurosurgery Life of a Doctor PGH Residency UPCM Earlier today, as I was walking past the guard who checks employee IDs at the hospital entrance, my attention was called by a colon cancer patient whom I took I care of as a general surgery resident a couple of years back. “Doktor Baticulon!...

Forgiveness and Redemption
on Aug 18, 2012 in Neurosurgery Clinical History PGH Residency As if the anguish of having been raped by a drunkard were not enough emotional trauma, Ofelia Reyes found out–two months after the atrocity–that she was pregnant. It was a memory she had been trying to supress: she going home late because...

It Takes Just One Person
on Aug 6, 2012 in Neurosurgery Clinical History PGH Residency At one point, I gave up on Eric Reyes. The 30-year-old was abandoned in the ward by family and friends. He had no wife or children. He was left to care for himself, which he could not do because of the severe head injury he sustained when he fell six...

Kung Paanong Naging Doktor ang Mathematician
on Jul 27, 2012 in Med School Elementary High School Math Medicine Study Habits Sa lahat ng subject, Math talaga ang paborito ko. Kindergarten pa lang ako, alam ko na ‘yun. Dahil ‘yun sa Tatay kong engineer na nagtiyagang magturo sa akin kung paano mag-compute gamit ang mga daliri ko. Sa liwanag ng kanyang desk lamp...

Alternate Realities
on Jul 16, 2012 in Teaching Life of a Doctor Medicine boards I have just spent 12 hours teaching two classes, on a post-duty Sunday. The schedule was insane: allotting only an hour to take a bath, have a quick breakfast, and travel from the hospital to the classroom; and another hour to rest, eat lunch/dinner,...

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