Meeting Gilbert Arenas

Yet another encounter with an NBA All-Star. Back in November of 2007, my friend Dan Occhiogrosso ran the New York City Marathon while dribbling a basketball to raise money for AIDS orphans. He successfully completed the marathon in a solid four and a half hours, despite multiple attempts by fellow-runners to strip him of the ball, […]

My First Clinical Rotation

Hospitals on TV are so unrealistic – it’s far more crazy in real life. During my college years as a pre-med student, I came in contact with lots of wanna-be doctors.  Almost invariably these people would say that the TV show ER played a big role in their career decision.  Needless to say, it didn’t […]

My First Patient

They say you never forget your first patient. They’re right. When you first start your medical school clinical rotations, you’re given that very first patient who’s "yours". Really all that means if that you check up on the person, record their labs, and write the note, while the residents do the important stuff. But still, […]

My Grossest Encounter

I am forever scarred from this experience.  You see plenty of gross things as a medical student. It never ceases to amaze me what can come out of the human body, or in some situations what people will put inside it. . However the grossest thing I’ve ever seen in medical school occurred far from […]

My Scariest Patient

Druids?  Rhesus Monkeys?  Just another day in med school. After completeing a psychiatry rotation, you’ll have a new-found appreciation for the depths of the human mind. The things that psych patients will tell you will leave you floored. While any mental illness is a serious ordeal and shouldn’t be made fun of, I’ve seen somewhat […]

My Coolest Experience

Out of all the wonders of medicine, there’s one that tops them all. You certainly see a lot of interesting things during medical school – surgeries, psych patients, etc. However, in my mind, nothing tops the site of watching a baby being born. Is it gross? Yeah. But there isn’t a moment in medicine filled […]

If Your Organs Were Celebrities

You’ll never view your spleen the same way again… You know what’s amazing? That people can remember to get in front of the television in time for Desperate Housewives, but forget to take their blood pressure medicine every day. They can run off Derek Jeter’s batting average for the past five seasons, but couldn’t tell […]

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

A family I know ends up on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. I guess the proper way to begin this story is with my buddy Zeb Llanes… …That’s him. Zeb and his family have been attending my church for the past several years, and I’ve had the opportunity to work as a youth leader for both […]

Uncovering 50 Hidden Mickeys

I uncover every Hidden Mickey during Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. Being a huge fan of Walt Disney, it was a privilege to be able to return to Disneyland as it celebrated its 50th anniversary.  One of the many special features that were added to the park as part of the celebration was fifty “Hidden Mickeys” scattered […]