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Cucumber Carrot Miso Salad…and the fabulous derm life

Once you make an important life choice, life has a way of putting stumbling blocks in front of you to test your decision, or tempting distractions to lead you another way.

After recently deciding to pursue a career in pediatrics after medical school, I had to come to terms with the fact that I will be working my butt off but probably never getting rich off of my career as a pediatrician, unlike many fellow classmates going into more “desirable” specialties such as radiology, anesthesiology or ophthalmology. But who needs prestige or money? Overrated, I thought.

My most recent “test” came in the form of my two week dermatology rotation. First of all, derm is all about outpatient clinic, and of course, that comes with cush hours of 9am-4pm. Imagine waking up at eight to the morning sun, making yourself a hot breakfast and still have time left over to read the news and pick out your outfit for the day. Compare that to a pediatrician’s morning: waking up startled to your alarm clock at 5:45, packing a lunch sandwich while stuffing cereal and a granola bar in your mouth as fast as you can, slapping on scrubs before flying out the door to make it for 6:30am sign out. All I can say is that every morning during that two week rotation was splendid.

In dermatology clinic, every patient is seen under 10-15 minutes, and that’s enough time to examine, diagnose and perform a couple skin biopsies and freeze a bunch of warts with liquid nitrogen. And guess how much physicians are reimbursed for one skin biopsy? $750. Plus $150 for each wart frozen, and before you know it, you’ve made $1000+ under ten minutes without breaking a sweat. Mind-blowing, huh?

And the best part is, dermatologists look so fabulous while doing all of this. Literally. According to a trusted source, most dermatologist residents have used Accutane (No.1 effective acne medication) before, and some do a little botox here and there. That’s why they all have radiant glowing skin. It’s like working with a superior breed of species who always appear flawless and content with life.

But sadly, I also decided after two weeks of dermatology rotation that I am not made for derm. I have a little too much curiosity about diseases beyond the skin, and I can’t sit still in an office all day, even if it’s only for six hours. So while the temptation was there, I had to wave goodbye to the fabulous derm life.

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Talking about skin, did you know that cucumber slices make for really good and all-natural face masks? They contain high level of vitamins and have a pore-tightening effect. They are also good for the skin when eaten, as they contain abundant antioxidants that have an anti-aging effect, and has 95% water which hydrates your skin. So while not everyone will have access to botox and fancy tools to maintain youthful skin, the most basic foods, like cucumber, will go a long way for those who are dermatologically inclined.

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cucmber carrot miso salad

Cucumber Carrot Miso Salad

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 cucumbers, sliced thinly
  • large handful of carrots, sliced into match sticks
  • 1Tbsp toasted sesame seed
  • 2 Tbsp miso paste
  • 2 Tbsp warm water
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp ginger powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce

Whisk together the miso dressing by combining all ingredients from miso paste to soy sauce.

Toss the dressing with the cucumber slices and carrot match sticks. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds on top. Enjoy!


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