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Post-Brain Stuffing
December 14, 2010, 8:26 pm
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Boys and Girls, it has been official since Friday Dec 10 that I am done exams. I’m definitely not sorry for kicking ass early but good luck to the rest of you! I think I was so tired that I could fall asleep almost anywhere.

Exhibit A.

Now, off to spend more time with my beloved over something other than studying and enjoy the winter holidays.

Photo: via A Cup of Jo

What was the formula again?
December 14, 2010, 8:19 pm
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The training so far that we’ve received has been, as what all my other fellow navigators are saying, amazing. We have different teams on both side, from the U of T Public Health and ELLICSR, teaching and supporting us in so many ways. But there is one thing that I find sometimes we, including myself, rely on so much that it in itself becomes a trap. Formulas.

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There always seems to be a formula for everything. I’m not saying that all formulas should be abolished because I recognize there is need for them to help take the right approach. What I’m trying to get at is the fact that, we are bombarded with these books and books of formulas but it becomes problematic when we fully depend on them. In our training, we are given various formulas to learn how to interact with the people we will meet in difficult settings. In school, formulas to do well to get the grades you want. In life, just go to chapters and look at the vast amount of self-help books.

Atul Gawande’s new book “The Checklist Manifesto” talks about the human fallibility and how a simple checklist implemented not only in the operating room but in various health care settings have dramatically improved mortality rates. It sounds simple but no one wanted to use it. He brings in the example of construction buildings, the complexity of it, and the unimaginable coordination needed during all of it. How? Checklists. But there are teams that come together to communicate the problems and consult each other during mishaps especially drastic ones. It’s not unnatural when things go astray and that formula or checklist that you had doesn’t cover it at all.

What am I really trying to say? When we begin to follow strictly to these formulas/checklists especially when communicating with, such as patients, it is very apparent. With that, you also start losing that personal connection with the person you are talking to. Like others have emphasized, they are guidelines, not simply the “If/then” command. We know that, but we often forget. I just want to remind others, but most importantly myself, there aren’t formulas to everything and that’s part of the beauty and spontaneity of life.

(This was also a post I made for the Youth4Health website which you can check out here.)

December 3, 2010, 12:07 am
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It was just brought to my attention that NASA made an incredibly interesting finding that has been released to public today. I thought I’d share the love since my beloved did because this is absolutely cool. Science nerds unite and let us wonder in awe.

I introduce you… GFAJ-1


World AIDS Day !
December 1, 2010, 6:47 pm
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December 1st is always the time of year when the campus is buzzing with activities everywhere and also the time I’ll get a red ribbon and wear it on my jacket. Last night I helped put together and host the Dignitas Youth “Let’s Talk About AIDS” event inviting James Fraser, Alexis McDonald, and Paul Hamel to come speak about their works and student activism. The audience group was diverse and the questions, as you can imagine, were so engaging and thoughts that shook us to the very core. What made the event so amazing was that all three speakers brought various aspects to the issue that addressed everyone’s questions in a different way. I find that the time I spend discussing about other topics with Youth4Health is as equally engaging even if it’s based only on our cultural backgrounds. And it comforts me that more and more are becoming unafraid to discuss sensitive and controversial issues. Especially with AIDS where so much stigma is associated with it, we are all learning to become more vocal.

To celebrate World AIDS Day, I took part in the “The Red Ribbon Dance” video arranged by the University of Toronto International Healh Program (UTIHP) playing a classic hand game with my boyfriend with using red folders. Probably something you remember playing if you were a girl back in elementary school. Let’s all unite and share our compassion with those living with AIDS. Wear red and come out to King’s College Circle today at 3pm and be part of the biggest red ribbon on campus!

(You can find me in this video starting at 1min 40s 😀 )


(This was also a post I made for the Youth4Health website which you can check out here.)