Originally Posted by pipe dream
You invalidated your points by choosing the manner in which you chose to air your frustrations. Now its time to move on, learn a lesson about calming yourself down before making a point, and think of an explanation for your school.
I want to add that i think you're right in your overall point, but being right doesn't entitle you to be an ass and in my opinion with the language you used and in the forum you chose, you were being a bit of an ass.
One of the things I have learned through this process is that "quack" is almost a cuss-word in medicine. I am the first person in my family to be involved in medicine. I've been sort of flying by the seat of my pants and I'll be sure to be much more careful in the words I choose, and will probably never use that word in a medical forum ever again.
I don't think you're criticism of the topic is really fair. First of all, I had NO idea what was going to happen and I am glad I asked because now I know. Second, hopefully some first years will read this and benefit from my mistake. Further still, is it really surprising that I have posted so much, considering how nervous about this I am? I keep checking this forum praying that someone will come on and tell me not to worry. I don't want to be lied to, and I am glad people have been honest, but I am human and I can't help hoping that this won't be as serious as I am envisioning. I haven't been able to sleep since typing that stuff. The notion of losing everything over one mistake is pretty heavy. You seem much too prudent to know what that feels like. I am sure you have never done anything so stupid and been afraid what will happen to you.
But seriously, you are right in what I have quoted above. I invalidated my points by choosing to address them in the manner I did. As much as I try to rationalize, I cannot argue with that. I was a theology major, and I know that prudence must guide the other virtues. Even still the idea that I just have to swallow what I see as an injustice and wait until an AOA council meeting or something, or wait even longer until I have accumulated enough prestige to have my opinion taken seriously at such a meeting... Well that idea FEELS painfully absurd. But whether or not it FEELS right is irrelevant. I am learning that I do need to wait until my opinion means something, and that I do need to voice that opinion in the appropriate venue. I am sorry if anyone feels that I have wasted their time. But this was an important step in my development as a physician and a person. I don't anticipate having anything more to say. I really hope I never make a mistake like this again, and I really hope I still get to help cure illness. Thank you all for your comments. Take care.