Saturday, December 30, 2006

Life Experiences

Today my friend (female) made me get my eye brows waxed after a year of complaining about them. They don't look that much different, just slightly thinner. But man she had to use a lot of strips. I must say though, I took it like a champ and didn't move a muscle. The nice Asian lady was impressed. I think I'm suppose to go again before going back to school to get them shaped or something...

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Let's Help Me Out Again

I have the last two questions of my Premedical Committee Autobiography for everyone to look at.

A career in the medical profession requires a commitment to learning throughout one's career. Please comment, in-depth, on an academic experience that has fostered this commitment in you.

I realized early on in my undergraduate career that my interest for medicine could and did go above and beyond what was required in my classes. In my Human Biology class the basics of the organ systems were presented to us and also common disorders associated with them. Since this was a non-major course the professor would spare the other students from over-burdening them with the more in depth processes of the body. But what I was presented with in class would often leave me with many questions. I would often either ask plenty of follow-up questions in class, or more often I would research these topics independently. This interest was not limited to just the classroom. It is now a regular behavior for me to research any new medical condition that I come across. Whenever my friends are sick I immediately ask them what their symptoms are and what diagnosis and treatment their physician prescribed for them. This is why going to medical school is so important to me, because I see it as a way to finally answer all the questions I have. But even after medical school I cannot see myself without always looking to further my knowledge in order to better my patients.

What factors do you think should be stressed in supporting your application? Are there any weaknesses or gaps in your preparation that concern you? If you have withdrawals or contrasting grades on your transcript that require explanation, take the opportunity to do so at this time.

I think the strongest part of my application is the dedication I’ve put into researching what is required of me to get through medical school. I’m completely aware of the work that needs to be done in order to succeed in medical school and I also have a good understanding of life during residency. I am also confident in my ability to be a physician after my numerous shadowing opportunities. I feel that I’m very capable of developing the clinical skills required to be a competent practitioner. My one withdrawal I may have is what my performance on medical exams may be, since I have never been a traditionally excellent academic student. But one-way I see bettering myself in medical school is by taking part in a Problem Based Learning program. I think that I would excel at this type of learning method above the traditional lecturing method because it is centered around case studies. This is extremely complementary to what I look to get out of a career in medicine. Being approached by daily problems that need to be solved through logical thinking and testing.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

7th Wheel?

You know what the only thing more awkward than watching Love Actually with two couples?

Watching it with three.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I Have a Man Crush on Eric Mangini

"The Jets continued their climb up the rankings, moving just outside the top 10 to No. 11. Apparently we were a little off when we put them at No. 31 to open the season.", NFL Power Rankings

Okay, it's official. The Jets have officially gotten me excited for football. I swore to myself that there was no way I was going to get worked up about football this season, and I tried to fight it, but by George they did it. Ugh... I'm going to regret this.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Someone Out There Must Like Their Job

Today I was interning in the ER and one of the physicians asked me what my major was and what I wanted to do after graduation. I told him that I wanted to go to medical school and right away he gave me the sign to stop in my tracks. Like many others he told me to be a dentist. What the hell?!?

I know there aren't many of you reading this, but would someone please tell me that you enjoy your job! (Non-medical personnel need not apply) I need a little reassurance. Granted I don't think I'm anything like these people, but how could so many people be wrong? (All 3 of them...) The only thing these people ever mention is how the job isn't worth the money, but I'm not even worried about the money. Well, I guess that's a naive lie. But I'm perfectly happy making the average physician salary of $150K a year. And I think I know what I'm getting myself into after hearing all these horror stories. It's also not like I plan on going into a crazy soul sucking specialty like one of the surgeries. I just want to be your typical hospitalist at a non-academic hospital and see a good variety of pathology.

So com'on. Who likes their job? Who is happy that they went into medicine?

I'm totally not going to get any responses...

My First Tag!

Big thanks to Dr. K for making my initiation into the blogsphere official!

It seems I have to list my top 5 Christmas songs. This is appropriate since I just started playing my Christmas playlist recently.

*In no particular order*

1. Oh, Holy Night
2. Winter Wonderland
3. All I Want For Christmas Is You
4. The Christmas Song
5. Carol of the Bells

This list isn't really fair because I like a ton equally as much. They kind of all just blend together in my head.

Hmmm, I shall tag...

1. Proudly Penniless
2. Kungfukitten
3. Irish Doc
4. The Angry Medic
5. Doctor Mama

Ugh, I felt so dirty doing that and hold none of you accountable to actually doing this, except Proudly Penniless.