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.
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– 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.