And so it begins–my summer in California interning at Stanford Hospital. I chose to write a blog because I figure it’ll be the best way to capture my thoughts and impressions of Stanford and California. To tell you the truth, this entire stream-of-consciousness typing is not something that comes easily. On one level I feel like Doogie Howser. On another I feel like a self-absorbed, pedantic academic who assumes that people actually care about what he has to say. But, let me let you in a little secret–even though most of the stuff I write over the summer will be drivel and rants, some will be good. Some will be entertaining. All, though, will provide insight into the day-to-day operations of one of the leading health care institutions in the country, if not the world. So, please, if you choose to take my opinions with a grain of salt, be sure to keep your blood pressure in mind and take note of the the whole picture–the entirety of my experience over the course of Summer 2012. It will definitely be one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.