About your Teatime Host

Ten Random Facts about Joyce

1. I am a California lifer – grew up in Northern California (Bay Area) and went to Stanford for undergrad and medical school. I’m quite pale, do not surf, and am not blonde, so I’m not a complete California stereotype…

2. I need to write as my creative outlet. I started my first journal at age 6 and am now on my 12th book. Since rotations started I’ve had so many thoughts and stories about medicine that I want to share, so I finally decided to start my very own blog.

3. In medical school, I took a year off to pursue medical journalism. In a nutshell, this entailed working at the communications office at the World Health Organization in Geneva, taking a quarter of masters of journalism classes at Stanford, and working for NBC News Chief Medical Editor Dr. Snyderman in NYC. Overall, this was a fantastic experience that I couldn’t believe I got to do as a medical student!

4. If you are interested in global health, let’s talk. I am interested in industry involvement in non communicable diseases and medical education in developing countries.

5. Social media, IMO, is a huge advancement in the doctor-patient relationship. At the Stanford Medicine X conference I interviewed Susannah Fox on patient self-tracking, something I think will change continuity of care and empower patients to take greater control of their conditions.

6. In my spare time, I like to eat food, write about food, experiment with baking, play the piano, and daydream about medical startups that will make the world a better place.

7. Favorite animal is a hummingbird. They are small, energetic, and have amazingly high metabolism. And they eat pure nectar!

8. There are days when I can’t imagine a job more interesting and fun than being a doctor, and there are days that I don’t feel that way at all. I think it’s a natural part of the process. Through this blog I want to share all the parts of medical training you may not hear about, including the good and the bad. At the end of the day, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a physician, and I think that comes through in my writing.

9. Once upon a time (last year, which seems like a lifetime ago) I had another blog where I wrote about all my adventures as the inaugural Stanford-NBC Global Health Media Fellow. If you have the appetite, check it out here.

*Note: I painstakingly moved all of those entries onto this blog, so that I could have all of my entries together in one place! Feel free to browse back to those original entries.

10. Many people think I look like the Japanese hamster named “Hamutaro”. I’ll leave that up for you to decide.


– The medical posts on this blog do not replace medical advice from a doctor. Though I am a physician, I am not seeing you in person and I don’t have your full medical history in front of me. You should always see your doctor if you have any serious medical issues that require more immediate attention.

– All products reviewed and promoted are purchased and selected for this blog by me unless noted otherwise. If I am gifted a product to review, I will mark that with a “c/o” but the opinions of the product will still be my own.

– This blog uses affiliate links, which means that if you click on some of my sponsored product links I will get reimbursed a certain amount.

– Opinions on this blog reflect my individual thoughts and are not in any way reflective of or associated with NYU Medical Center or Stanford University Medical Center.

11 Comments on About your Teatime Host

  1. A Hopeful Doc
    October 29, 2013 at 11:13 am (4 years ago)

    Your blog is so sweetly refreshing! Thanks for tackling wonderful topics in medicine. I couldn’t help but nominate you for a Liebster award on a recent post!

  2. jfinger2014
    August 5, 2014 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Joyce, love your blog. I don’t see a contact form or anyway to get in touch. What’s the best way to connect?

  3. Sharon Raine
    January 14, 2017 at 1:57 am (11 months ago)

    Hi, I’m really pleased to have discovered your blog when I was trying to work out ‘Pitera water’ as part of Sk-11 product. I make natural skincare products and am interested inall your comments about the skin and its problems . Sorry-still trying to get my website happening properly before I add it to the box below :)

  4. Liza
    February 3, 2017 at 8:22 am (11 months ago)

    Hi Joyce,

    I discovered your blog through A Little bit of lacquer. I find it so refreshing. I got an update about your K- beauty entry, now I am going to go searching for those products. Thanks for sharing.
    Love and light to you

    • Joyce
      February 5, 2017 at 11:31 am (10 months ago)

      Thank you Liza! Hope you enjoy :)

  5. Anita Crider
    April 23, 2017 at 4:05 pm (8 months ago)

    Love the blog Just discovered it

    • Joyce
      April 23, 2017 at 7:34 pm (8 months ago)

      Thanks Anita! Hope you find the blog useful and fun to read!

  6. Celine
    April 24, 2017 at 9:42 am (8 months ago)

    Hi Joyce! I stumbled upon your blog yesterday while I was doing research about all things dermatology. It’s so difficult to get good information about derm schooling/residencies and your blog made it sooo easy! I’ll definitely be coming back for more!

    • Joyce
      April 24, 2017 at 2:59 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Celine, thanks so much for your sweet comment! Hope that my posts are useful

  7. Jackie
    April 25, 2017 at 2:47 pm (8 months ago)

    Hi Joyce!

    I found your blog rather serendipitously and I’ve really enjoyed it so far! It feels like having a friend in Derm! I’m also a recent Stanford alum and would love to talk to you about your med school journey if you have a chance :) I’ll read through the posts first though! Good luck with everything and I’m excited for more content!

    • Joyce
      April 26, 2017 at 7:10 pm (8 months ago)

      Hi Jackie, so glad that you found my blog and that it has been useful! Definitely take a look through all my path to MD posts because I have already put down all my advice there, from how to get into med school to following your passions to how to match in derm or other fields. I wrote all of these to put all my personal experiences and triumphs/failures out there, so hopefully that will be useful in your own journey through med school.


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