Hey everyone! A friend of mine was in Nepal when the earthquake happened and fortunately she is alright. Amazingly, she’s taking this opportunity to help those who were victims of the earthquake. I know most of my followers are students without much money, BUT if you can find it in your heart to donate to a charity that benefits a victim of the Nepal earthquake that would be wonderful! Check out her story.
This is definitely a charity where you can KNOW where your money is going and that it will be put to great use, so please help out if you can!
“The conclusion is that both emotional poverty and an aversion to company are not symptoms of autism but consequences of autism.” – David Mitchell from the Introduction to The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism by Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida & David Mitchell
“It’s far more important to know what person the disease has than what disease the person has.” – Hippocrates
A phenomenal and inspirational video. Check it out!
Everyone has doubts about their future!
Today I heard some of the most insightful information throughout my time in medical school. This insight was told to my class by the dean of education in regards to selecting a specialty. Although we won’t be required to do so until the end of 3rd year, it was still a very encouraging concept. Obviously I am paraphrasing, but the general concept went as follows:
Don’t eliminate pursuing a certain specialty based on the idea that it won’t fit the type of lifestyle you want. You can modify your career to conform to whatever lifestyle you want to live. You can choose to work part-time, full-time, etc. No matter what, there will be times when your career as a physician interferes with your life outside of healthcare. The important thing is that you’re missing those outside moments of life to do something you love. If you miss out on things like family for a career you don’t have a passion for, you’re going to be miserable. Choose to pursue a specialty because you love it.
It seems that many physicians today have a propensity to focus their attention on the negative aspects of medicine. More often than not, people don’t like change, and medicine is a rapidly changing field. There will undoubtedly be both good and bad outcomes as a result of these changes. However, it is very encouraging as a medical student to hear someone discuss the ability to maintain a well-rounded lifestyle in medicine. Being a person who is family-focused in every choice that I make, this is especially meaningful to me. My wife and I have always known there will be times when I can’t be there for family events or activities. However, I also know that I want to be there as often as possible. If it came to choosing between my family and my career, it’d be my family every time. No questions asked. However, hearing an MD say that raising a family will not and should not restrict me from choosing a specialty I develop a passion for is extremely encouraging.
“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.” – G.K. Chesterton
Let me premise my argument with the fact that I was once a person who didn’t read for fun. The only reading I claimed to do was reading that I was required to do for my classes. In hindsight, that wasn’t true, as I’m sure it isn’t true for most others.
Unless you are illiterate, in which case you wouldn’t be reading this blog, you’re a reader. Think about it for a second. News articles, magazines, billboards…. each requires you to read. A self-proclaimed nonreader might exclaim, “But that doesn’t count!” Why shouldn’t it count? The fact of the matter is that everyone reads, but they only read material they’re interested in. Sports fanatics read news articles, parents reading parenting magazines, scientists read science journals, and so on and so on. What many people fail to realize is that the short articles they find so interesting are in fact just smaller version of numerous books. It seems like most people hear the word “book” and immediately think of nonfiction stories or educational textbooks. The fact of the matter is that there are books dedicated to every subject matter you could imagine!
My point is simply this: everyone reads, even self-proclaimed “nonreaders”. More often than not, they just haven’t found the right book!
I’m a perfect example of someone who was essentially force fed various books throughout my education that led to my thinking I just didn’t like reading. The reality was that I just didn’t like reading the books I was being given. Once I discovered there were books I actually enjoyed reading, the damage had been done. I’d become a reader.
I don’t mean to say that everyone will have an insatiable desire to read once they find a subject matter they enjoy. Some people enjoy reading more than others to be sure. However, I do think that everyone enjoys books if they can simply find the right books.
I officially begin classes again tomorrow!
I must say that I’ve loved being on Christmas break, most specifically because I got to spend so much time with my family. Although I do look forward to continuing my medical education, it is always difficult leaving my wife and 3 month old little girl. It’s definitely much more difficult making the trip back after having spent so much time together over the last few weeks. At the same time, they are constantly serving as a strong motivator to do great things with my life!
It’s absolutely crazy to see a child develop, and the impact is even greater when it’s your own baby. My little girl is already becoming so interactive, and her smile is absolutely contagious. I look forward to seeing her continue to grow into what I’m sure will be a wonderful young lady like her mother!
For any premed or med students out there, make sure to cherish time you spend with family and friends. Never get so caught up in school that you forget about the things that make life worth living. We are all meant to be sociable creatures who develop lasting relationships, whether the relationship be romantic, intellectual, or anything else. It’s the interactions with others that develop our character, and will serve us throughout our lives, including helping us to be better physicians.
Greatness isn’t given, it’s earned.