My name is Thea, and I am a product designer turned medical doctor. I became tired of listening to myself talk, so I started this blog. Beyond a physician, I am also a wife, daughter, and sister. Sometimes I write about serious things, but most of the time, I don’t.

I’m a day-dreamer, wanderluster, running addict who is an introvert at heart. My bucket-list that is a million pages long, my zodiac sign is a pisces, and I was born in the year of the goat. If you think I write a lot of dot dot dots (“…”), that’s because I’m still thinking.

A Short Biography…

Thea L. Swenson, nee Theodora Lananh Tran, was born in Los Angeles, California and raised in Denver, Colorado. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering: Product Design from Stanford University and received a Medical Degree from the University of Colorado. She is currently a resident physician at Vanderbilt University with interests in sports medicine.

Prior to medical school, she spent several years working in product design for health tech companies. Frustrated by the way our healthcare system functions (or doesn’t function), she went to medical hoping she could use her product design background to build a better healthcare system.

The people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

Pisces: generally more laid back and agreeable than their other water counterparts. All water signs, though, are known for having strong feelings and occasionally being “wishy-washy.”

  • Empathetic
  • Romantic
  • Impressionable
  • Imaginative
  • Creative
  • Generous

Born in the year of the Sheep/Goat: loving and selfless, always thinking for others, even if it works against their own interest

What’s on my blog…

My Latest Posts

Residency Interviews: Questions to Ask Programs

Asking questions can be tricky. In some ways, asking good questions is the trickiest part of the interview itself! Certain questions can be answered simply by scrolling through the program’s website, information pamphlets, or by paying attention to what the program director said. These are not good questions to ask. So, pro-tip: do in-depth research […]

Sports Medicine: PM&R vs. Family Medicine?

I want to do non-surgical sports medicine, but I am undecided if I want to pursue residency in PM&R or Family Medicine. Why did you chose PM&R? This goes way back and is fairly unrelated to my interests in sports! As a college student at Stanford, I spent a lot of time trying different things, […]

Taking Gap Year(s)

…or two or three or ten! Should you do it? Many of you have been wondering, and I wondered the same for myself. Here are my answers to your commonly asked Gap Year Questions: Do you think medical schools would look unfavorably upon my application if I took a gap year or two? No!!! In […]


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