Clinician’s Closet: Tammarah

Happy National Women Physician Day! Today marks the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, the United States’ first woman physician. In 1849, Blackwell was accepted into medical school as a joke. While we have made great strides since then, the fight for equality still goes on. Read further to learn more about an amazing physician-to-be, my friend Tammarah.

National Women Physician Day

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New Year, New Routine

Happy New Year, folks!

I hope you had a wonderful and restful break filled and lots of quality time with your friends and family. I hope you also had some equally as important “me time,” a large component of which involves actually taking care of yourself. For medical students especially, self-care often falls to the bottom of our priority lists. However, it’s imperative that you make sure you’re carving out at least a few minutes a day for yourself.

One thing that I am trying to get serious about is a better morning routine. My friends know that I am pretty lazy and have a hard time getting out of bed. The inevitable rush leads to quick shower, some hair product to tame the mane, and maybe some lotion if I’m lucky. With January in full-blown winter mode + a v timely Christmas gift from Anthony, I consider myself a lucky guy!

Ever since joining Equinox and becoming that guy, Ant’s been obsessed with Kiehl’s. I saw it all over IG but wasn’t sure what the hype was about. I am now a fan. This post is NOT sponsored, I just want to show you some cool stuff!

The “Jeremyville – Healthy Skin for Him” Collection, which is pretty affordable for $26 at Nordstrom, comes in a cool box designed by Brooklyn-based artist, Jeremyville.

Kiehl's Healthy Skin for Him

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I’m writing to you from my new apartment! Minus living essentials like floor lamps, a dining set, and anything to sit on or store clothes in, I guess you can say that I’m full-fledged adult now. I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve updated my blog with a personal post, but I especially wanted to reach out to my fellow medical students with this one.

I think I’m still having a hard time adjusting to M2 year. I’m still grappling with the notion that others look up to me as a role model and ask me for advice when I’m just trying to do the right thing for me. It’s scary, it’s intimidating, but it’s inevitable. The “sophomore” year of any point in your education is tough. You’re no longer the baby, but you’re also asked to grow up quickly.

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Clinician’s Closet: Rrita

With my classmates being the oh-so-fashionable bunch, I decided to highlight the outfits they chose for clinic / OSCEs / days when they were just feeling on point. I hope this serves as some OOTD inspiration to other med students out there when you just don’t know what to wear!


Blouse: Calvin Klein

Skirt: Guess

Shoes: Tory Burch


#becauseitsnotstudying: Epicurious’ Banana Bread

Welcome to my first post in #becauseitsnotstudying, a series of my culinary adventures in pursuit of the ultimate procrastination – eating my feelings. If you don’t know, I love to cook. I actually wrote one of my med school admissions essays on cooking, and they actually accepted me anyway. I’ve posted a few dishes on my Instagram, on which I plan to go back and review and offer my thoughts. Up first is a banana bread recipe from Epicurious!

Before we start anything, I want you all to know that I’m not exactly what you would call a baker. I love to cook, but baking is a skill that I’m convinced I will never master. It’s very precise and I’m not; I love to improvise and taste along the way. However, I will share my attempt at baking with you all.

Directions with my commentary

  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Butter the bottom and sides of 1 (9- by 5- by 3-inch) loaf pan and dust with flour.
    1. *gets flour everywhere*
  2. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
    1. Uhh, I only have 1/2 and 1/4 cup measuring cups and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons. I also doubled the recipe. This should be interesting.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the banana, sour cream, and vanilla and stir to combine.
    1. Ok, simple enough.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the butter and sugar and beat on medium until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the egg and beat on medium until completely incorporated, about 1 minute. Add the banana mixture and beat for about 30 seconds. Add the flour mixture in 2 batches, and stir on low until just incorporated, about 30 seconds total. Add the nuts or chocolate chips, if desired, and use a rubber spatula to fold them into the batter.
    1. So at first it’s going to look like the flour will never incorporate itself into the batter, but just be patient. I sifted the flour as well to reduce the clumps. Be sure to fold the batter in a clockwise manner, scooping under the mound to make sure there are no streaks of flour left.
    2. I also toasted walnuts before this step, it was a great addition.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Bake until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf emerges clean and when you press gently in the center of the loaf, it springs back without leaving an impression, 45 to 50 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to let cool for 10 to 15 minutes then gently tap the pan on the countertop to help release the loaf. Place a second rack or a large plate on top of the loaf, invert, and then carefully remove the pan. Use the original rack to invert the loaf again so that it’s right side up then let cool completely before cutting and serving.
    1. To be honest this was too many directions and I was in the gym for most of this time and trusted one of my roommates to take it out of the oven when he thought it was ready. Then I came home and turned it upside-down in my hand then put it on a plate. It was fine.
    2. Barely waited to cut into it because I was starving.
    3. Banana bread is better the next day.

Final thoughts: 10/10, would make again, was equally as delicious as banana bread french toast!


– TS℞