Turn up Tuesday (why have I never thought of this before) featuring a throwback of LIV at a year and half old and a life soundtrack kind of song (definitely listen with sound on)! #blessed PS how many of you thought this was Ro???
It was an incredible weekend spent completely detached from my phone (except to take a few fun photos and videos and do some derm review questions) and feel like I had so much more time truly being present! We went out to eat, went on walks, and went to the movies (twice - saw Wonder Park AND Captain Marvel)! Will share more to my stories soon! What did you guys do this weekend? Would love to hear!
The last words of the first victim of the #christchurch shooting - “hello brother” he said to the shooter. At a loss for words as I learn about this horrific terrorist attack - but being at a loss for words doesn’t mean we should stay silent. To my Muslim brothers and sisters, we stand by you and mourn with you 💗 Photo credit to @shubnumkhan and @hey_puawai
Random photo I love totally unrelated to this caption since the moment I want to talk about went without being photographed - as so many of the most meaningful moments do. Wrapping up a rotation at our public hospital, and while we had lots of amazing rare diagnoses and great surgical cases, the highlight of this rotation was a simple act I’ve done too many times to count.
I rocked a baby to sleep.
I was staffing a visit for a new potentially-serious pediatric diagnosis - and mom couldn’t speak English (or Spanish, my other language) and needed to leave the country for Visa issues. Her baby kept crying as one of the junior residents tried to explain the diagnosis and what we could offer for treatment using a translator over the phone - and I immediately recognized the look of desperation and fear as she tried to soothe her baby and understand what we were trying to say. I kneeled down to her and smiled and asked if I could hold her baby. I scooped her up and rocked her in the same motion I’d rocked my own while half-asleep so many nights, and mom was able to actually talk with the translator and ask the questions she needed to and understand the next steps for care. I handed her back her now sleeping babe and touched her shoulder and we exchanged smiles and head nods. My favorite moment as a doctor this rotation wasn’t my most doctorly task, it was my most human. I share this, not for a pat on the back, but to remind all of my incredible physicians in training to never lose sight of the human side of medicine. And to realize the incredible privilege we have as physicians (and nurses, PAs, health care providers) to be allowed into a patient’s life - whether holding their babies, seeing them naked, learning about their sexual histories or trauma - what an honor we are given every day. And to those of you who just matched today - welcome. And to those who didn’t, it ain’t over yet - I know we’ll be welcoming you soon! #bestjobever#mamasinmedicine
When the whole fam wants the scoop on the glow✨ Retinols are no joke and pack a strong punch, but I’ve felt comfortable recommending the new @Origins Plantscription Retinol Night Moisturizer to almost anyone looking to improve fine lines and even out skin tone! If you’re new to retinol, make sure to prep skin with a serum (like Origins Plantscription Serum) before applying, and always make sure to use a sunscreen during the day! Seriously if you’re not using sunscreen daily you’re wasting your money 💸 #ad#OriginsTribe
Happy Match Monday!!! Congratulations to all of my incredible medical students who found out today that they matched! And (not to steal *any* magic away from the happiness), but for me on a personal level, it’s so incredibly important to acknowledge any and all of you who may have gotten that dreaded email this morning that you didn’t match. I was there and I know the feeling. But know that you are worthy. You are amazing. You are allowed time to grieve. But you aren’t done yet. No no my dears, let this temporary defeat just fuel your desire for success even more. Like one of my favorite quotes says “I survived because the fire INSIDE of me burned brighter than the fire AROUND me.” 🔥Metele con candela!! I’d love it if any of you could leave some messages of support that anyone can read here in the comments if they need to!! #matchday
My crew ❤️ Liv playing shy, Elli collecting shells, and Ro hoarding snacks 😂 We had a great time this morning running the @sunsmart5k! Check out my stories for more (including what I’m up to now)! What are you doing right now (other than scrolling the ‘gram 😘)?? Let’s hear!
Standing on the shoulders of giants and proudly carrying the weight of the generation I birthed from my womb, hopeful they reach even higher and carry as many girls as they can with them. And I hope they do it their way, at their pace, and in whatever color they choose (says their mama who finally had the courage to wear her pink scrubs despite fears of looking too “girly” - not gonna lie for so long I thought to be a feminist I couldn’t like pink or express my love for decorating and desire to be a mom, so naive I was)! Happy International Women’s Day!
My family album ❤️ So many amazing memories in this little video, sometimes I still have to pinch myself that this is *my* family - my husband, my three kids, surreal! Some days it feels like a whole lifetime has passed, other times it feels like just yesterday we were young medical students! I made this sweet album on the website for @paramountmovies@instantfamily movie - we watched it for movie night this week and it had me feeling allll the feels! Such an honest look at parenthood (and important issues like foster care and adoption), and we all loved it. Highly recommend (plus you can make your own album on their site)! #sponsored by @paramountmovies#InstantFamilyxMixbook
Obsessed is an understatement 😍. Not gonna lie, recently 3 has felt overwhelming (as it has at other points during this adventure), mostly because I feel like they’re fighting/yelling ALL the time, BUT it’s also at its sweetest point and watching them play together and love on each other just fills me with so much JOY! Sharing a sweet moment from this morning on the way to school ❤️ if you have multiples (or if you’ve got siblings) how do you (or your parents) manage all the drama haha?!?
Its no surprise that the AAD was crazy inspiring this year, and it was so hard to pick a favorite event. But man was I honored to share the room with these incredible women - all physicians who have spent years and years in training, and who are now trying to navigate the realm of social media and how we can make an impact - beyond the closed-door lecture halls, beyond the academic journals, beyond the traditional reach of medical education, to *your* awareness. .
I was even more humbled to take the floor and share some of my thoughts on the matter. And to sum it up, my point was simple. Let them see who you are. It’s no secret that in many communities, especially black and other minority communities, there is an inherent distrust of doctors (and for good reason - read Harriet Washington’s Medical Apartheid if you need some background). People may trust their neighbor, their aunt, their nail tech, more than they trust another doctor in a white coat. My challenge is to open up. To realize that trust isn’t given automatically because of your title or your training, to accept that you’ll have to earn it.
It’s not easy to do, and not everyone will agree with it, but I think showing our human side helps us connect more - with patients in the clinic room, with our audience on social media, with our colleagues and mentees, with the world. .
Thanks so much to all of the incredible dermatologists in this room, but especially to @brownskinderm for taking an idea and hitting it out the park, and for @lorealusa and @dermablendpro for help making it a reality.