Posts by Tea Nguyen

Spring cleaning and buying

Got some stuff to get rid of this season? I found this amazing blog that lists where your goods can go, for the good of someone else. My favorite places are usually the Salvation Army or a local place I volunteer at, the Catholic Worker House, depending on the stuff I’m getting rid of. There […]

— Tea Nguyen

Fourth-year in DMU’s CPMS

Every podiatry school has a unique curriculum regarding rotations during fourth-year. For DMU students, it’s fairly straightforward but is ever-changing year to year. Here’s how it went for the class of 2011. In the middle of your third-year, you select where you want to spend your rotations and you need to fill 11 months, leaving […]

— Tea Nguyen

When are you a doc?

My best friend just told me he thought I was in residency…I wish! But that was my own fault for not clarifying what the path to podiatry really is. He’s in a different field and I forget how confusing medicine can really be for others, even my closest friends. Here’s a quick break down of […]

— Tea Nguyen

Now THAT’s a lunch!

Can anything be more satisfying than making your own bread and mayo that does not contain high fructose corn syrup? I think not! This is my go-to bread recipe, but I cut the recipe in half, didn’t use water for the egg white wash, used the Kitchen Aid stand mixer to mix and knead and only […]

— Tea Nguyen

Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a great match!

The D.O. matches (how a student knows which residency program they’ll be going into) were out on valentine’s day and my husband got the wonderful news that he matched at his #1 choice program for general surgery. I am so excited for him! Of course, part of it was his grades, another part was his […]

— Tea Nguyen

Crockpot hen & potato

After making this dish, I spent little time thinking about taking a picture and instead scarfed it down in a matter of minutes. I’ll try to get a picture next time, but I promise this is easy-breezy poultry that you have to keep handy for last-minute meals. Ingredients 1-2 Cornish game hen (or whatever poultry […]

— Tea Nguyen

Exploring the neighborhood

This past year living in Michigan for rotations has been such a blur. It is very different from Des Moines when I only lived four miles away from school. Now I live at least 10 miles from everything like work and my favorite restaurants. What I’ve found to help me explore my new neighborhood is […]

— Tea Nguyen

Podiatry residency interviews

If you’re seeking for advice on how to prepare yourself to be the best interviewee ever, I’m the wrong gal. But I did want to share my experience of the incredibly stressful day I experienced recently. I don’t recall having felt so anxious on any other day of my entire existence! I already knew I […]

— Tea Nguyen

Where’s my pasta sauce?

I always have leftover cooked pasta in the fridge and my favorite quick food is pasta with tomato sauce. Except that today, I didn’t have the prepared jar of spaghetti sauce to satisfy my cravings! I was in dire need of a carb loading session since I am just days away from my residency interview […]

— Tea Nguyen

Keeping warm? Don’t forget about the pooch!

What better way to say you love your pet than a super warm sweater? How about some booties to protect their precious paws? These latex booties can be bought at any pet store or online. The gal that sold them to me said these were popular with pet owners because they are cheap and disposable […]

— Tea Nguyen

How do you eat your gravy?

I was looking for gravy recipes online and I couldn’t believe how many variations exists! I just wanted something to go with my meatballs and so I made one up. Pretty tasty, give it a try: 1 can condensed cream of chicken & mushroom soup 1 can beef broth ¼ cup flour dash of garlic […]

— Tea Nguyen

Gettin’ comfy with carbs

Do you ever have an intense craving for carbs after an exhausting day of work? This recipe might be for you. It’s pretty simple and you can throw whatever veggies you want in it. I was craving black beans so I chucked a whole can into a pound of ground beef on a wok (love […]

— Tea Nguyen

It’s September already?

You haven’t heard from me for a little while because I haven’t done anything new (still on rotations in Michigan) I haven’t cooked anything new (still eating frozen food) The dog has consumed my free time But I have started a new audible book with the cheesy title, “How to Win Friends & Influence People” […]

— Tea Nguyen

Can you spare a CLICK?

The Crafting for Charity Club, hosted at DMU & run by DMU employees, could use your help! Make their dreams come true simply by clicking on the vote button! If they win, they can continue to provide material crafts, like quilts and toys, to community members. They can really use your support! Click Click!

— Tea Nguyen

Meet Mulder!

Some people might think I’m crazy for getting a dog but I couldn’t help it! Ever since my dad took my first dog away from me (7 years ago) because it pooped in the house, my broken heart had never healed. All throughout medical school, I wondered when a good time would be to get […]

— Tea Nguyen

Like to shop on Amazon.com?

What a deal! Free PRIME membership if you have a .edu email address. This includes unlimited free 2-day shipping on books! Plus, what can’t you buy at Amazon? Thanks for the alert, Melissa Odermann, D.O.’11.

— Tea Nguyen

Hassle-free moving? There’s a catch.

I just saw this clip on Yahoo and I am amazed! Imagine being a medical student on rotations and not having to worry about where to live – a portable house! Yes, it is less than 100 sq feet (yep, one hundred) but imagine the possibilities. You don’t have to worry about mortgage, utility bills, […]

— Tea Nguyen

Stretching meals

I’ve spent so much money on spices without finding a go-to combination of spice so I’ve resulted to another ultimate lazy meal. You think you get a good meal out of ramen noodles? Try making it into TWO meals. What I’ve done is saving the broth and cooking up another batch of noodles (try egg […]

— Tea Nguyen

Rotations are fun, but exhausting!

I’ll be the first to admit that I hate sacrificing sleep time (well, who doesn’t?) but sometimes it is not a choice. I’ve always needed an exceptional amount of sleep to be fully functioning the following day, so I knew going into the medical field was going to challenge me physically. I have had a […]

— Tea Nguyen

Current read: The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Have you ever read a book that has affected you in some way? My current read is the Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and I’m only about halfway through it. I am really enjoying the book because it talks about my favorite subject, food, and the agricultural industry too. There were moments in the book […]

— Tea Nguyen