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November, 2015

  • 24 November

    Busy Day On Acute Pain


    What a crazy day – the first epidural I’ve ever had to abandon, a myriad of acute pain consults, continuous block of the brachial plexus at the axilla, rectus sheath block x 6, post-op TAP block… and more Tegaderms than I want to remember right now. The culture here is all …

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  • 22 November

    2016 Anesthesiology In-Training Exam (ITE) Preparation


    It’s so difficult to buckle down and study for another in-training exam (ITE), but the next one I’ll take will be somewhere between February 18 – 22, 2016. With about three months till then, I need to find the motivation to study!

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  • 19 November

    The Evolution Of My Epidural Technique

    plastic LOR syringe

    Prior to my current rotation on the acute pain service, I had three months of obstetric anesthesia – the world of lumbar epidurals for labor analgesia and surgical anesthesia. I experimented with several epidural techniques but settled on continuous pressure with a saline filled glass loss-of-resistance (LOR) syringe. This allowed me to …

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  • 16 November

    Dual Fellowship Training – Critical Care and Adult Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology

    drager anesthesia workstation

    It’s fairly rare for anesthesia residents to pursue a dual fellowship, but for those who do, the combination of critical care and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology is common. After being asked by family members and friends why I want to extend my training by another two years, I decided to outline the …

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  • 15 November

    CS:GO Competitive Rank!


    Random weekend milestone – I reached the minimum of 10 competitive match wins to be ranked in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO).

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  • 14 November

    Halfway Done With First Acute Pain Rotation


    What a beautiful day in Houston! I’m halfway done with my first acute pain rotation and really enjoying my time back at the #1 cancer hospital in the country – MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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  • 4 November

    Fellowship Applications Begin – Critical Care Anesthesiology


    The San Francisco Match (SF Match) opened up for critical care anesthesiology earlier this week ($50 fee), so I’ve scrambled nonstop to finish my applications ASAP. Compared to the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) and Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), fellowship applications are much less centralized.

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October, 2015

  • 31 October

    What’s On My Desk – 2015


    Happy Halloween! On this rainy Houston afternoon filled with flooding all over the city, I finally had a day off and decided to organize my desk. I used the grommets on my monitor mount to facilitate some (horribly ugly) form of cable management, but it’s definitely not a priority for me. Just wanted to …

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  • 30 October

    Reduce Google Chrome’s Footprint On OS X


    Depending on how long you’ve been using Google’s Chrome web browser application on Mac OS X, you may be able to reclaim a substantial amount of hard drive space without deleting any important data.

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