In this issue:

  • Attitude of Gratitude
  • FEASTivities
  • Fitness
  • Gratitude in Action
  • Houston Happenings
  • MS4 Advice
  • SPOTlight
  • TAO
The Well is a monthly newsletter that serves to
positively impact the well-being of the McGovern student community
by highlighting a myriad of wellness-related content.
Attitude of Gratitude
Isn’t it odd that we get so caught up in the daily hustle-and-bustle that we utilize a national holiday - Thanksgiving - to remind ourselves that we should be thankful for our lives? I mean, really? Is there that little for which to be thankful? We live in a country with abundant resources, and we have the opportunity to pursue medicine. In the basic sense of the word, we “want” for almost nothing, yet we complain about almost everything.

Gratitude has two basic ingredients: appreciation for what you have and realization that you’ve had help along the way. Feeling grateful not only enhances our quality of life, but practicing to express that gratitude can positively impact our relationships both personal and professional. For instance, doesn’t it feel good when a resident acknowledges your help interviewing a patient or writing a note? Doesn’t that encourage you to continue your valuable contributions to the team? If that feeling isn’t motivation enough, remember that gratitude is FREE (the four favorite letters of medical student). Utilize this Thanksgiving to cultivate an attribute that will benefit you in the years to come: an attitude of gratitude!
Gratitude in Action
Looking for some simple ways to express your gratitude? Try the ones below, or let them inspire you to come up with your own way to show your gratitude!

  • Think about what you have rather than what you want. 
  • Practice random acts of kindness in daily life. Whether that’s leaving a kind note, holding the door for someone running late, or giving a genuine compliment - a confidence booster for giver and receiver!
  • Let someone know how much you value their relationship - this can be phoning a friend you haven’t seen in a while, mailing a postcard, or sending a quick text expressing your thankfulness of having someone in your life.
Bring on the FEASTitvities
Looking for some amateur-cook friendly recipes to spice up your friendsgiving? Look no further. Click here for 19 recipes ranging from pumpkin cauliflower mac n cheese (YUM!) to gluten-free cornbread and crock-pot cranberry sauce. If the thought of cooking a turkey sounds terrifying, click here to check out Food Network’s “ World’s Simplest Thanksgiving Turkey ” for a fool-proof cooking method!

Desserts more your style? Click here for 134 compiled dessert recipes ranging from classic pies to cute, kid-construction-friendly thanksgiving turkeys complete with candy corn feathers. 

If Turkey Day doesn’t quite fall on cheat day, click here for some healthy holiday alternatives.

Not much of a cook? Let someone else worry about cooking the mashed potatoes. There are plenty of restaurants willing to fulfill your thanksgiving needs no matter your price range.
  • Backstreet Cafe [November 23]
  • B&B Butcher’s [48 hrs in advance]
  • Cafe Brasil [24 hrs in advance]

Fitness | Turkey Trots
Run a turkey trot near you! It’s a great way to give back to your community and it qualifies you for an extra slice of pie. :) 

Hometown not listed? Try the below link and search your location.
2019 Pushups for Vets
Join us in saluting veterans by participating in or cheering others on during our 4th annual pushup challenge on Friday, November 8th. It's a team effort and every pushup counts!

Check out last year's challenge highlights:
MS4 Advice

Research is an important part of medicine that supplements your education. Participating in research can make your residency application more competitive. The opportunities are endless even if you aren’t sure about doing research later in your career—you can do basic science, clinical, translational, and quality improvement. Many fields require research or published articles, and there is an entire section dedicated to publications and presentations on the ERAS residency application system. It can be stressful and overwhelming to start looking for research, especially if you aren’t sure what you want to do. Think about what you are generally interested in: do you like data crunching and statistical analysis? Are you more interested in hands-on research in the lab? Do you prefer to work directly with patients? Once you have answered the broad questions, think about what specialties and subjects have interested you so far in medical school; then look up faculty research profiles in those fields. Send out an email to ask if the faculty member is accepting students. You can visit departments in the medical school building as well! It is never too early to start looking for opportunities, and faculty members are usually happy to meet with students. If you are interested in the Summer Research Program, try to find a mentor before February of your MS1 year because it can take time to receive access to the EMRs and get IRB approval! You can tailor your experience as you like. Seek out conference presentations, poster fairs, and publish journal articles to showcase your work and shine!

| Maneera Chopra, MS4
 SPOTlight | Giving Back in Houston
  • The Holiday Project | Make some special handmade Thanksgiving cards and mail or deliver them to Volunteer Houston for distribution! They’ll deliver them to the places that need it most, like local nursing homes and hospitals.
  • Meals on Wheels | Interfaith Ministries coordinates meal deliveries to Houston’s homebound elderly. Pick up a shift any time this November to deliver some meals and spread some cheer!
  • Thanksgiving Super Feast | Lend a helping hand at this annual traditional Thanksgiving dinner open to anyone who is unable to be with family on Thanksgiving. You can pick up a shift the day of or help collect donations!
  • Volunteering for Veterans | Veterans Day is November 11th. Consider giving your time to a local organization that benefits veterans, or make a donation. Both can be done through the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs website, linked here. And, don’t forget to say thank you to all the veterans you know!
McGovern Cares | Donation Drive!

Items in High Demand:
NEW Socks/Undergarments, toiletry items,
& gently used seasonal clothing/towels/blankets

Donation Drop-off Location:
OASA Suite [G.400] | Mon-Fri, Nov 1-29 | 8A - 5P
Donations will benefit The Beacon/Star of Hope

Turn clocks back
1 hour at 2 AM
on Sunday,
November 3rd
Houston Happenings

11.01: Anuel AA, Smart Financial Center
11.01: Día De Los Muertos, Discovery Green
11.01: Dane Cook, Revention Music Center
  11.01: Feast with the Beasts, Houston Zoo
11.01: 6th Annual Fall Fest, North Shore Rotary Pavilion
11.02: Puerto Rican & Cuban Festival, Midtown Park 
11.02-03: The Chainsmokers with 5 Seconds of Summer,
Toyota Center
11.03: Walk MS: Houston, The Grove, Moore's School of Music
The University of Houston
11.03-04: Trisha Yearwood, Smart Financial Center
11.04-05: Schoolboy Q, Revention Music Center
11.05-06: Post Malone, Toyota Center
  11.07: Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back-IN CONCERT, Jones Hall
11.08-09: Bianca Del Rio, Cullen Performance Hall
11.08-09: Jidenna, House of Blues
11.08-09: World of Dance, Revention Music Center
 11.09: 31st Annual Tree Lighting, The Galleria
  11.09: The Houston Food & Wine Festival, Guadalupe Plaza Park 
11.09: 2019 Houston Grilled Cheese Festival, Midtown Park
11.09-10: 30th Annual Texas Championship Native American
Pow WOW, Traders Village-Houston
 11.09-10: 24th Annual Children's Festival,
Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
11.09-10: Christian Nodal, Revention Music Center
11.09-10: Legends of Hip Hop, NRG Arena
11.10-11: The Band Perry, Studio at Warehouse Live
  11.11: City of Houston's Annual Veterans Day Celebration, City Hall
11.11: Sara Bareilles, Smart Financial Center
11.12: The Black Keys, Toyota Center
11.13: Kevin Gates, Revention Music Center
11.13-14: T-Pain, Ballroom at Warehouse Live
11.13-17: Disney on Ice, NRG Stadium
11.14: Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market, NRG Center
11.15-17: Tiffany Young, White Oak Music Hall
11.16: Houston Black Heritage Music & Arts Festival, Midtown Park
11.17: Zoo Lights, Houston Zoo
11.18-19: Jaden Smith and Willow Smith,
Ballroom at Warehouse Live
11.18-19: Willie Nelson, Smart Financial Center
11.20-21: Alessia Cara, Revention Music Center
11.22-23: Beirut, White Oak Music Hall
11.22-23: Seth Meyers, White Oak Music Hall
 11.24: 2019 Houston Exotic Auto Festival, MSR Houston
11.24: Incubus, Revention Music Center
11.27-28: Fantasia Barrino, Smart Financial Center
11.28: 32nd Annual Uptown Holiday Lighting, Uptown Houston
11.28: 70th Annual H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade,
Downtown Houston
 11.28: Houston Turkey Trot 2019, Dillard's Uptown Galleria
11.29-12.29: Houston Ballet - The Nutcracker, Brown Theater
11.29-30: K Michelle, House of Blues
11.30-12.01: Chris D'elia, Revention Music Center
TAO | Therapy Assistance Online
The Student Health and Counseling Clinic is excited to announce a new wellness tool available to all students, faculty, and staff at UTH.  TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) is an interactive, self-guided, web-based program that consists of tools and educational materials to help you learn about and change how you think and feel. 
Brought to you by the McGovern Student Wellness & Resilience Committee
Newsletter Staff: Lauren Appel, Lauren Beal, Andrew Eck,
Ashley Ernst, Jay Garza, Ally Limmer, Kelly Masterson,
Malvi Mehta, Nisha Reddy, & Fatema Shipchandler
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