A little sidenote

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  1. CRAZYTERP

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    So I am checking my email at precisely 9:00 am (like I do every morning now.. I know it's a little neurotic), when my grandfather says to me, you know CRAZYTERP, you should probably shave your goatee bc I think you look too much like a middle eastern. Now, I am thinking since I am indian that shaving my goatee will not make any difference whatsoever, bc there is no way to hide the color of my skin, nor do I think I should have to. For some reason though my grandfather could not see my argument. I am wondering if it is just his way of saying shave that damn beard, or if he actually has a point.

    I do realize that many interviewers and adcoms may have subconcious biases as is human nature, however, I do not think my race or anyone elses should make a difference no matter how others percieve thos from the middle east right now. Though I have not directly been affected by any prejudice (at least I do not know of any), I think may also be in part to the fact that I am currently living in a pretty diverse city. It is a pretty weird situation to be in though when you visit cities like Baton Rouge, LA and you are the only Brown person in sight.

    Basically, I think this is an interesting topic to address. I realize there are tons of indian/middle eastern doctors and med students out there and wonder if anyone thinks it may actually play a role in decision making this year.
     
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  3. SMW

    SMW Grand Member

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    Nope, unless it works in your favor because of diversity issues.

    Now the goatee might be another story..........;)
     
  4. Random Access

    Random Access 1K Member

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    Yeah, you might want to get rid of the goat...I got rid of mine for similar reasons...plus I wanted to try something different.
     
  5. CRAZYTERP

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    I do appreciate your oppinions on the facial hair but I would rather like to hear if anyone else has an oppinion on the race thing. I do doubt that being indian will help diversity wise. I think there are already tons of indian/asian doctors and it is more of a hindrance than a help. BTW I am keeping my goatee... for now at least.
     
  6. RachelMann

    RachelMann Junior Member

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    Along the same line as CRAZYTERP's goatee questions....I have mulitple piercings in my ears (we're talking 9)...I really hadn't thought about taking them out but I don't want to offend stuffy medical interviewers....any suggestions?

    I'm waiting till I get in for the nose piercing :)
     
  7. Zoobaby

    Zoobaby Monkey Wrench

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    Be happy, my man. I'm 26 and couldn't grow a goat if someone paid me.

    Shave if you will, but smile knowing that nobody will call you "patches" as it grows back. :)
     
  8. CRAZYTERP

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    HEY Rach,
    Yeah I forgot to mention I have earrings in both ears too but I am planning ont akin g them out. I would say gio casual and you can probably keep a few earrings in, like 2 in each ear. I don't think it should be a big deal but these ultracoservative type adcoms may not want to ruing hteir ultraconservative image. I had an eyebrow ring last year too but unfortuanlet that closed up, otherwise I would have a big problem on my hands, well except for the fact thay my whole family thinks i look like a terrorist and is worried adcoms will too
     
  9. chopsuey

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    is that 9 in each ear?? i have 7 total. for the interviews, i leave all out except for the front ones. you can still kind of see the holes, so i'm not sure how much good i'm doing, but it can't hurt, i guess. besides, i tend to play with my jewelry, so i left only a necklace and those earrings in.
     

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