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A brief introduction

September 11, 2012 — Leave a comment

After painstakingly setting up my host’s DNS servers, this new blog is now functional. This marks the third bogging experience of mine, and this iteration is believed to be the last. By that I mean that it will be around for awhile. The two ancestors of this blog included a personal blog for visual arts projects, aimed to only be a temporary blog while the project was alive, and a blog based upon a nonprofit I founded in 2005.

So what is the focus of this blog? Consider it a repository of short essays on topics related to medicine and science, and the education, philosophy, and management of both. Additionally, I plan to highlight stages in my training path to seed discussions about how best to overcome obstacles I or my colleagues faced. Thus, individual posts should serve as resources or thought provoking pieces for those who share my interests.

This may seem like a loose focus, but I see it differently. Training of medical scientists poises trainees at the threshold where clinical practice, biomedical research, education, and administration meet. Thus, this blog aims to poise itself at that threshold. In particular, this means that an individual post in one category will not stand alone; it will be linked to the other categories as deemed appropriate. In doing so, I hope to provide a glimpse into the continuity between fields that I see, and I hope to guide others who may face the same obstacles encountered in my training.

With that, you should know a bit about the writer. I am starting this blog after completion of the third year of an MD PhD program, with my thesis research proposal (our PhD qualifying exam) due in two weeks. My field of research cam be broadly described as the biophysics of auditory neuroscience. In the gross quantities of free time available, you will find me working with our student run free clinic, where I am a co-director. Remaining time is spent mentoring engineering undergraduates and assisting science fairs. These experiences will motivate this blog.

If anyone would like to request a post topic, feel free to email me.