About A Hopeful Doc

I'm a fourth year blogging some of my thoughts on life in medical school. Like in any hospital, everything is fair game from politics to ice cream to microbio to runs (not the clinically significant kind, but the ones where you see the world at hyper-fun speed). Hopefully my writing will make a few smile as I navigate the ups, downs, and all arounds of studying for hours on end. Three cheers for thriving in the limbo of meded!

MD vs. PA: Part II

I don’t pretend to be someone that only dreamt of white coat days in an MD haze. For myself and many others, the question between MD vs. PA school manifests itself. But to what extent and when is anyone’s guess. The last summer after year one and calls to 4 PA friends doesn’t seem ideal, but neither is regret over staying simply because you are capable/smart/expected to etc.

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You Don’t Have to Be a Doctor

Says my mom. This during another lengthy debate concerning the pros and cons of becoming one. And since registration for second year isn’t a declaration of marriage, I’ve flirted a bit with various career options in the medical field.

My first go around was this spring. Lilacs a’ bloomin’ and sun a’ shinin’ and a PhD a’ smilin’. What’s so alluring about the whole gig? I pictured falling in love with…

-No STEP or shelf exams

-Making science happen

-Finding the cure for cancer

-Analyzing data from home (it’s a no-no to bring your patients home)

-Writing Dr. on checks and what not

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Welcome to my new URL, dear readers. I’m pretty pumped to be hosting my own WordPress site. But keep your fingers crossed that it won’t melt into some cyber wasteland of over-coded, under-linked HTML. Creating my own website has left me within this gap of reality and awesomeness… essentially in tears over plugins and widgets and all the other fancy add-ons.

Who really needs this?


Too. Many. Plugins.

Or this?

You can OD on widgets.

I know tech people don’t mean to make life difficult. And today, this article reminded me of the good things scientists dream up. Real inspirational. But I think I’ll stick with coding rather than entering the bowels of some university hospital and performing magic on lab rats. And to those who feel my blogging incompetencies, let us [W]press on.

Ran out of ketchup. Made my own.


If you have bison burger leftovers and veggies, I found a way to make a catsup-esque relish/dressing:

Saute a tsp of garlic powder in olive oil then add 1 part yellow peppers and 1 part tomatoes diced.

Throw in handful of chopped onion.

If translucent, put in enough red wine vinegar to get it simmering.

A teaspoon of mustard and a lil bit of cinnamon (yes, cinnamon) should be stirred in as well.

Let simmer as you chop up your greens.

Sprinkle asiago.



Flexibility as a Female Physician

Seems [oxy-]moronic, but whether you’re into jet setting or maybe something quaint, oh, say like having a family, you should meet a few of the new friends I’ve made this summer:

Miss Mix-It-Up

This pediatrician grew up and attended medical school in Kenya. After residency and a mandatory year in something akin to the Peace Corps, Michigan seemed like the place to be. Her clinical work became so boring that she went for an MPH and ended up researching pediatric obesity. Currently, two days are spent running a healthy weight clinic at a major hospital while the other three days with data analysis, papers, lectures.

Miss E.R.

She chooses to work 3 twelve hour shifts. At night. Supposedly, never misses a bit of her children’s lives.

Miss Job Share

1 opening, 2 applicants. 1 patient, 2 doctors. It’s like when you signed up to bring snacks after your high school volleyball game. Everybody wants cookies so badly that they won’t turn you away if you can only bake one weekend in October. The same team gets fed. Different girls sign up. Think about it. (At least that’s the line I’m going to feed future employers.)

Miss Part Time

Anesthesiologist, internist, plastic surgeon, gynecologist all come to mind. They’ve not bought the 70-hour-work-week-lie to repay the investment that is medical education. (Oh yeah, lenders forget that we go hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt just to earn the little “m” and “d”.) For a pay cut, one can work mornings or three days or evenings etc. Endless possibilities.

Miss Consult

Turns out that you don’t have to enter residency after medical school (think teaching or medical admin–desperately needed as hospitals buildings rise higher than skyscrapers in our economy.) You don’t even have to practice after residency (think insurance claim consultation or research or nursing home management or really anything.)

Mixed messages from Mattel… should I be a mommy? A doctor? A mommies’ doctor!?

Whether guy or girl doc, these are all wonderful options to love what you do. But if there’s one common theme between those I shadowed, it was the presence of an awesome, supportive partner in crime!