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Looking Back At 2020

2020 will be remembered for many things, but the one that most directly affected my livelihood and career has been the COVID-19 pandemic. We learned about the SARS-CoV-2 virus in early 2020 and watched...

Reduce Static From Virtuoso+ Burr Grinder

I love my Virtuoso+ burr grinder, but like similar grinders, I had issues with static electricity causing coffee grounds to fly around, stick to the coffee bin, and even complicate cleaning the grinder afterwards. Now...

33rd Birthday

As a 32 year old, I matured into my role as a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and intensivist during my first year as an attending physician. Only 12 months later, With the surge in COVID-19 cases...

Dansko XP 2.0 Clogs

My Brooks Ghost 11 GTXs have started to break down, but they served their purpose very well during my fellowship training as a work shoe, cross-trainer, and walking around Boston (thank you, waterproof GoreTex...

Blackout Curtains

I have no idea how I got through my medical training without blackout curtains, but my last few call shifts as an attending have been brutal. I already have enough difficulty sleeping during the...

Fidelity Retirement Portfolio Distribution 2020

I don't consider myself a financial advisor or expert, but I've been trading stocks for over a decade and wanted to delve into mutual funds with my retirement portfolio. Most of my colleagues picked...

Looking Back At 2019

2019 was the bookend to my formal medical training as I completed my fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology, took my first vacation in over a decade, and started my job as an attending back home...

An Academic Confession

Social media has a funny way of showcasing our strengths but rarely our weaknesses, struggles, hardships, and embarrassing confessions. Here's my embarrassing academic confession: I've read less than ten fiction novels cover-to-cover in my life. As...

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