Mar 4, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 9

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. In 2017, I'm keeping track of these tiny lessons and adaptations in my life. 

Don't Be Scared of Big Words
I spend my days at the National Cancer Institute but don't have a science or biology background. The words and acronyms are enough to make any newbie slink into her chair. Whenever I ask for clarification, I find the definitions are simple concepts hiding behind complex words. For example, I was in a meeting where there was heated discussion about how to annotate the Karnofsky scale, which is a scale of how a patient feels that can be measured in %s from 0-100 or by its sister scale the eCOG, which is a measure of 0-5. 

There's Never Just One Way to See Things
At NCI every new group I talk with has a clear view of how they want to find clinical trials. It is invariably the opposite of the way the group before them wanted it. I see this as a metaphor for all of life and politics. 

You Can Both Acknowledge Your Privilege and Take Care of Yourself
I think. I haven't figured out how yet. 

Checks and Balances are the Best
Before this administration I didn't have the respect for them that they deserved. 

Previous Lessons Learned
Part 8
Part 7
Part 6
Part 5
Part 4
Part 3
Part 2
Part 1

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