This is the story of my nontraditional transformation from a Physics/Spanish/Chemistry/Math grad into a physician. I'm a proud member of the class of 2016 at Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine. The blog title will be edited to reflect the current stage of my transformation: Pre-Medical, Medical, Residential, then Doctoral. Read more about me in the My Story tab below. Enjoy!
Well, almost. Using Excel and this nifty formula, I calculated exactly how many days exist between now and the day that I will match into residency:
Using this formula, it tells me that I have exactly 995 days to Get. It. Together. And you know what? I think it's definitely doable. There are moments when it feels waaaaay to ambitious, but they're few and far between. The other day in a class meeting they told us that in 2 years and 10 months, we will be MDs and will be responsible for patient care. Because that's what it means to match into a residency.
That's going to be AWESOME.
All of this really IS for a purpose, and
I'm going to love it if it kills me.
Summer semester has been great so far, though I've spent a pitifully small (almost nonexistent...) amount of time writing on my blog. Bad job, I know. I've been spending a lot more time with Wife since she got back from Mexico. That, and school (PHARM!) has been taking up quite a bit of my time. I've also started working with the Anatomy department on next year's curriculum, while also TAing some Histology labs. It might sound like I'm really busy, and I'm busy, but... That's no excuse for not writing. So, I apologize.
The garden has been going SWIMMINGLY. After the stupid birds and chipmunks dug up all my beans and I replaced them with more beans and a big net, that is. Here are some pics from along the way, covering about 4-5 weeks of time:
Day 42 (today)
Day 42 (today)
We should be expecting some fruits within the next week or two, at least some tomatoes and maybe a pepper or two. Snap peas and cucumbers are probably another month away at least, and carrots and beans a little further than that.
As I write this, a friend of mine is TAKING THE MCAT. Man, what a crazy day/feeling THAT was. Talk about a vivid memory... Way to go, Sam! Just four more hours!
Anyway, one more week, and I'm done with the first year of med school. Officially DONE. Wife and I already have quite a few plans made for the summer, including going up north to camp in the Leelanau State Park for FOUR whole WEEKDAYS, as well as a possible trip out east to see my brother, sister-in-law, and new niece! Not to mention small day-trips and one fun surprise that I'll be sharing on here in about a little over a month from now.
Oh yeah, and I turn 28 on Monday - June 24th! I don't know why, but I like 28 a lot better than 27. Probably a preference for even numbers that my subconscious just can't shake... So that's going to be fun, at least once my Clinical Skills final on Monday morning is done...
So while the flurry and buzzle (buzzle = new English word synonymous with "bustle" though cooler sounding) of the end of the Summer semester proceeds, know that I still live. I will post more! Stay tuned...