Penny (Yin) Peng ’21

Penny is a biochemistry and molecular biology major with minors in chemistry and psychology from Guangzhou, China.

Dimensions Fellow in Orthopedic Research

Children's Hospital Colorado | Aurora, Colorado

Week 10:
Finishing Strong

August 18, 2019 | The biggest part of the final week is the presentation at the Musculoskeletal Research Center. I had a lot of time to practice the presentation with other interns and RAs. By the time of the presentation on Tuesday night, we were all well-prepared. The doctors had an interesting discussion about non-union and trauma research after […]

Week 9:
Friends Friends Friends

August 11, 2019 | This week, the most important thing is to code the data for Patrick, our statistician, to analyze and finalize the presentation.  I was very confused about what to explain since orthopedic surgeons are definitely familiar with the background information. After talking to Anastasiya and reviewing the PowerPoint together, I have a better idea of what […]

Week 8:
The Unexpected

August 4, 2019 | Last weekend, I traveled with Alicia and her boyfriend Alex to a beautiful mountain town Breckenridge in Colorado. I did not feel awkward at all when I started picking up my role as a “lightbulb” (the Chinese slang meaning “the third wheel”). Really, not at all! On Sunday, Alex’s family invited us to go boating […]

Week 7:
On The Road Again

July 26, 2019 | Please listen to the song “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson as you read this blog: Alicia is “adopting” me this weekend and she is taking me to a beautiful mountain town Breckenridge in Colorado. We will also be going on boating in a lake with her boyfriend Alex’s family. After spending several weekends […]

Week 6:
The “Uncomfortable” “Comfort Zone”

July 21, 2019 | We finally got our last patient list to work on last Thursday. I may need to speed up a little bit with the data collection since we are including a lot of new patients while we want to have at least one whole week for data analysis before the final presentation. Research is very interesting […]

Week 5:
“Thanks For Putting Me Back Together”

July 14, 2019 | I saw this sentence when I was reading the doctor notes: “Thanks for putting me back together,” a firefighter said to the nurse after he got tibia and rib fracture surgery. It is widely believed today that being a doctor means earning a good reputation and good money. However, my grandfather was respected by people as […]

Week 4:
Astonished by the Subtleties

July 8, 2019 | I had my first shadowing this week.  The “first” does not only mean it was the first time I shadowed in this hospital, but also my first time ever shadowing in the US.   Last week I had a lecture on gait and movement clinical analysis and developed a basic understanding of what is measured. This […]

Week 3:
The Stories Continue

July 1, 2019 | I have started to work on the new patient list that we got last Friday. The second list was noisier than the first one that the majority of the cases are non-shaft fractures. I have not included the number of patients we expecting from this list and Anastasiya is waiting for the third list to […]

Week 2:
Wandering in Academia

June 23, 2019 | Last Friday I moved into the university academic building which was a five minute walk from Children’s Hospital. My computer had been set up and I was ready to work in an office with my RAs side by side. The first step is to include qualified participants from our first patient list by doing chart […]

Week 1:
A Fledgling and Adventurer

June 15, 2019 | Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) is located in the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado. The Musculoskeletal Research Center (MRC) at CHCO studies medical and surgical interventions for patients with musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, collaborating with the Center for Gait and Movement Analysis and the university hospital. The findings are translated into improved treatments for […]