Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Best Kept Secret in Fashion

     After I was of questioned by a number of different people about where I bought the dress I wore on match night, I decided to let you all in on a little secret. Anyone who knows me knows that I love to shop (online shopping has been a dangerous discovery for me, only rivaling the day I became aware that they sold chocolate candy with peanut butter on the INSIDE) but also knows that I will be starting my first real paying job ever in about 3 months. So, for the moment, I have to think twice before blowing all of my money on one designer item. Therefore, my favorite thing to do is to shop around and get the item I want for the cheapest price that I can. My favorite way to do this is to utilize the website pools the inventory of specific designers from multiple websites and department stores (they do not all carry the same clothing from the same brand), and lets you "follow" your favorite designers. This allows you to view the widest selection of clothing, bags, shoes, etc., and see what kind of styles will be popular for the next season. My favorite feature of the site, however, is the "lyst," where I am able to select a specific piece of clothing from a designer's selection and have the website watch the item for me. When that item goes on sale, I get an email from telling me where the item is on sale and for how much. This way, I do not have to spend hours constantly searching to see if the dress I love has been marked down yet.
      Another great feature of is that it introduces me to websites I never would have discovered otherwise. For example, my go-to shopping websites are,, and other bigger department store sites. However, since lyst keeps track of the item and searches the inventory of many smaller, unknown websites that tend to have great sales as well, I have been able to expand my shopping horizons (this thrills Matt to no end). In my experience, if you can wait for the item you have your eye on (you have no pressing event to wear it to) it will eventually go on sale. Whether you will be able to find the sale item in the size and color you want is another issue altogether. It is important to be strategic when faced with the conundrum of whether to purchase the item at full price, or to wait for the sale and deal with whatever sizes/colors are left. When I come up with a mathematical solution for that dilemma, I will be sure to let you know. Happy shopping!!!

The dress is by Theory and was originally $400, but I got it for $130 from after my alert.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Short White Coat....

      In a few short months I will be ditching my (very dirty) white coat for a long one. It is a rite of passage in a way. Before medical school, I had no idea that you could see the hierarchy of the hospital by simply looking at the white coats of the people working there. A short white coat indicates that the person is a medical student, and a longer one indicates that the person is a full-fledged physician (the person has graduated medical school). Note: the person wearing the long white coat may have been wearing a short one the month before, so do not let the long coat fool you into thinking that the person is a very experienced physician. Another thing to note (if you have time to spend staring at people in the hospital) is that the pockets of people's white coats can be a great clue as to how experienced they are as a physician (or at the very least how many years it has been since they graduated from medical school). A good rule of thumb is: the amount of stuff crammed into the pocket of a person's white coat is indirectly proportional to their years of training. Medical student's pockets are usually the fullest. For example, my white coat pockets are usually stuffed with tissues, gauze, tape, my Maxwell's Quick Medical Reference, a granola bar, a stethoscope, my cell phone, lists of my patients and all of their vitals, etc where as attending physicians typically have empty white coat pockets. I do think that it is interesting that the white coat does not gradually become longer as a person accumulates more years of training. On the interview trail I heard that at Mass General Hospital (Harvard), everyone wears a short white coat because they are all still learning. I agree with the 'still learning part,' but again, that defeats the purpose of the white coat being able to distinguish a medical student from an actual doctor. I do love the symbolism though. Even attendings should constantly be learning new things in medicine. But the white coat confusion is why I like my idea to gradually increase the length of the white coat as the number of post-graduate years increase.
      At the Cleveland Clinic (a hospital that I interviewed at) only resident's wear scrubs in the OR and the attendings wear this weird all white outfit that makes them look like they are painters. There is some sort of tradition behind it, but I just think that they look strange. Wouldn't color coded scrubs be better? At the Mayo Clinic, all of the staff has to dress in a suit every single day (apparently it is a British tradition). I thought that was crazy since I dreaded putting on my suit for interviews so much. When I told Matt about the suit tradition there, he was quick to point out that he wears a suit every single day to work and does not make a big deal about it, but when I reminded him that his job does not involve people vomiting on his expensive outfit, he was quiet pretty quickly. I really hope that they at least allow the doctors there to wear scrubs in the OR. I cannot imagine having to operate with a suit beneath my scrub gear.
     As a side note, not to call out the Cleveland Clinic or anything, because it is an amazing hospital with so much research and innovation, but since  president Obama used them as an example during his campaign this year when speaking about healthcare reform, I feel that I have to point this out. He said that the clinic can be used as an example of how to preserve resources by their utilization of preventative medicine and because they provide great care that is "cheaper than average." After walking through their "sky-way" that connects the different buildings there and observing the way they advertise themselves, I couldn't help but think that maybe they are not actually the best at preserving "resources." There is a different flat screen tv on every single pillar of the walkway that extends for miles, and each has an ad for the Cleveland Clinic. How is that preserving resources? I have a strong feeling that if they took some of the money they put into all of those flat screens, even cutting down to one television for every OTHER pillar of the walkway, and channeled those resources into more free clinics, additional ancillary staff to increase efficiency, or to provide even CHEAPER care, it would be a step in the right direction. I mean, the patient's are AT the clinic if they are in the skyway, so is spending all of that money on flat screens to advertise really necessary?

I couldn't help but take a photo. Note all of the flat screen TVs.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Raw Kale Salad With Mustard Vinaigrette

For the Salad:
8 Cups of Raw Kale (washed and chopped)
1 Cup of Cherry Tomatoes
1 Cucumber (chopped)
1/3 cup of raw red onion (chopped)
1/3 cup chopped celery
1 cup of mixed tricolor peppers (or whatever color you prefer)
1/4 cup fresh parmesan cheese
Optional: Sesame seeds to sprinkle on top

For the Dressing:
1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup grainy mustard
1/4 cup sugar free maple syrup

1.)  Tear leaves off kale stems and discard stems. Break leaves into bite-sized pieces. Wash and dry thoroughly.
2.) Place kale in a large bowl and pour on the dressing. Mix the dressing into the kale until all leaves are coated.
3.) While the salad marinates, chop the vegetables. Mix into kale. Mix in the parmesan cheese and serve. Top with sesame seeds to your liking.

Nutrition Facts:
Serving Size: 2.5 cups of salad
Calories: 175
Fat: 2.4 grams
Protein: 6 grams
Fiber: 4 grams

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Match Results

I matched!!!!! I am so excited about where I am going (it was one of my top choices), but at the same time grateful that I have a few months before I begin. I am going to be doing a surgery preliminary year before I begin anesthesia (everyone doing an anesthesia residency has to do a year in either medicine or surgery). While I prefer surgery to medicine, I am definitely nervous about the hours and cut throat atmosphere. Everyone in my class matched at great places for the most part (there were a few disappointments) and I am really impressed. Anyway, sorry for the short update (I have tons of things I want to post in the next few weeks), but I am very busy celebrating with my friends right now :) I hope everyone has an amazing weekend.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Match

      The match is this week. As in I find out in about 36 hours WHETHER or not I matched. So that is Monday. If, by chance, I did not match anywhere, or need to find a prelim year, I will be able to view where the unmatched spots in the country are and try to grab one of them in a hurry. That would be an absolute nightmare. HOWEVER......if I DO match, the lovely people at the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program) will tell me that. You have matched. That is all. They send an email to all of the medical students participating with the subject line: Did you match? If we DO match, they will not let us know WHERE until Friday. I cannot even fathom WHY they do this to us, except to extend the torture they inflict upon us poor medical students for a few days more. It probably makes them happy somehow. Perhaps it is payback for the fact that THEY (physicians who likely trained 20 years ago) at the NRMP had to suffer 120 hour work weeks that are now banned for those of us about the enter the medical profession (max for us is a measly 80 hours) and they feel that it is unfair that we do not have to put in the same amount of time as they did. Anyway, all of the calmness and lack of worrying I experienced during the entire interview season has somehow managed to take a cosmic turn and I am now experiencing waves of unrelenting panic. The next time you hear from me (unless I find time to post my new recipe in the next few days) I will let you how the week played out. I hope I have good news. I hope all of my friends also receive good news. Please cross your fingers for me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Beauty and Essex

      On Sunday morning I went to brunch at a restaurant called Beauty and Essex, located downtown on Lower East Side. I had been there one time before, for Matt's birthday last year. It is owned by the same people who own Stanton Social (one of my favorites). There is a large yellow sign with the restaurant's name on the outside of the building, but take a quick glance inside, and you may be fooled (I know I was). You have to enter through a pawn shop first. I wouldn't call it a speakeasy per say, because of the large sign, but it definitely has that type of feel. For one, once you are inside, the decor does not scream Lower East Side. It has a trendy, upscale, yet elegant atmosphere, with beautiful mirrors, and chandeliers all over the place. As an added bonus- there is a champagne bar in the ladies bathroom with free PINK champagne.
      The food is amazing, but the problem is that there are way too many delicious sounding dishes on the menu. The good news is that the plates are small and meant to be shared amongst the table, so you can order a lot of them. The waitress recommended ordering 2 plates per person at the table. We were 4 people (all female) and we ordered 8 plates, which seemed like way too much by the end. BUT.....even when we didn't think we could eat another bite, we somehow managed to power through. We had- lemon blackberry ricotta pancakes, dark chocolate croissants, red velvet waffles, grilled cheese, bacon, and tomato soup dumplings (to rival the french onion soup dumplings at Stanton Social) New York pretzels, mac and cheese, free range scrambled eggs, and vanilla brown sugar grits (for the southern girl that remains from my college days). The tomato soup dumplings came on cute little spoons. They definitely get points for creativity. The saddest part of the entire brunch was when we were all too full to order any dessert. I did pick out what I would have ordered, either the box of donuts, the peanut butter and jelly creme brulee, or the pistachio baklava. Actually, lets be real, I probably would have ordered all three.
      Inside, the restaurant is very spacious, and the second floor is a large lounge area. This is beneficial if you do not enjoy sitting so close to fellow diners and/or waiting long periods of time for a table. Even though I didn't have any alcoholic beverages, the menu has some delicious sounding drinks. If it were not located so far downtown from where I live, I would definitely go there a lot more. Not just for the food, but to hang out at the bar at night. It is a great place to take a date because just being there is a lot of fun (it is also a great place for people watching). All in all, I would definitely recommend experiencing Beauty and Essex at least once.