I fulfilled my medical school prerequisites last year, but I continue to take classes because the material is fascinating and I want to stay fresh. I will be very close to finishing a biology degree by the time medical school starts.
I was asked to return as a TA for Biochemistry I for another semester. I enjoy teaching and accepted the position. I also created a website that presents my own illustrations and diagrams as a study reference for my students.
Previously, I digitally illustrated the 20 common amino acids. For an artistic challenge, I illustrated the structure of a more complex compound, oxytocin, and submitted the piece to the university’s undergraduate research journal. I have not yet learned if the piece has been accepted for publication.
outside of class
I continue to serve as president of the university’s Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Health Society. This year, we have hosted a discussion on the future of the American health care system led by an orthopedic surgeon and professor of health care management, a hand-skills workshop in which students created sculptures from soap, and various panel discussions led by current post-bacc students and alumni in professional school.
I continue to see hospice patients as a weekly volunteer, a commitment I have held since January 2013. It has been a very rewarding, very human experience that has afforded me a considerable amount direct patient and family interaction— the most since my four summers as a counselor at a diabetic children’s camp.
The Dallas County Medical Society, having found my design portfolio and resume online, approached me to redesign the Dallas Medical Journal and design subsequent issues. I accepted the offer and have instituted changes that began with the February 2014 issue.
I have been blogging since 2002. Since 2011, I have maintained an independent blog that shares interesting articles and commentary on medicine and health care. In January, an executive editor at News Genius found my work and invited me to join the site as an editor for health care news. I accepted. My responsibility is to annotate transcripts of speeches/talks to illuminate the context of the subject and to provide resources (journals, articles) for further education. A personal goal is to ensure the information is credible and presented professionally.
Over the past year, I have interacted with physicians online through social media, particularly Twitter. Through these engagements, I have participated in online discussions hosted by Stanford and other institutions about the future of design and medicine. I was recently invited by Mayo Clinic’s Center for Innovation to participate in a discussion about learning from failure in innovation.
Finally, I am under consideration for an internship with a mobile health start-up that targets type 2 diabetes. In the future, I can see myself working on a product/app that allows patients to manage a condition or communicate with a health care provider. I see this being particularly useful in primary and preventive care and patient education.
With my design past and medical future, I find myself at an exciting intersection of two fields that can work together to make meaningful, innovative differences in the lives of patients.
Side A Fabolous feat. Tamia - So Into You Perseus - Russian Girlfriends Moon Boots - Got Somebody Lil’ Flip - Sunshine Le Youth - C O O L (Le Youth Rock The Boat Edit) Chris Malinchak - Beside Me Avant - Reaction Air Zaïre - Play Jade - Every Day Of The Week (Finnebassen Remake) Mase - All I Ever Wanted
Side B R.Kelly feat. Keri Hilson - Number One Sex Rotkraft - To Love You (Vancington Remix) (Le Youth Edit) Behling & Simpson - Politics Destiny’s Child - Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix) (Hidden Track)