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First Impressions of Medical School -or- Don't Be A Slytherin

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by dbeast, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. dbeast

    dbeast That's cool I guess
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    EDIT: Here's my version of one of those long-winded "reflection" threads... People like NickNaylor have pretty much handled that topic, so hopefully this one will lighten the mood a little!

    Here I am, exactly one week into the rest of my life as a physician. Some would argue that first impressions serve an important purpose, and I can't help but notice a theme that has persisted thus far in medical school. Perhaps it is because the final Harry Potter film was just released (adios, childhood!), but everywhere I go- from our lecture halls in the tower to our labs to our dungeons, er, CT scanner basement- the medical center where I am starting my training just screams Hogwarts.

    It doesn't help that my former mailman is a bearded giant, but when I received my acceptance letter, I immediately felt welcomed into an exciting- and confusing- world. I began to consider my non-medical friends muggles. Their perplexed facial expressions whenever I mentioned anything pertaining to medicine confirmed the divide between "us" and "them".

    Now, as I walk down the cavernous corridors of our medical school, which shares a building with several research labs, I can peer into any random window to see an array of magical-looking scientific equipment. Some brightly colored, foul smelling potions line the tabletops in room 11-103B. Lightning bolts arc through the laboratory across the hall. And for some reason, there's a disproprtionate number of people in long coats who resemble Dumbledore, and they all keep telling me, "Don't worry, son, you'll understand in due time". My white coat has become my robe, and I sometimes feel an impulse to yell "expelliarmus!" and disarm my classmates with the beam of light coming from the tip of my opthalmoscope. But that's just my inner gunner... Or inner Hermoine, if you will. And there is no way I am the only one who notices the abundance of Latin roots shared between anatomy lab and charms class.

    But of course, no journey into the world of magic is complete without the dark side. We may not be fighting a slithery bald guy without a nose, but we will indeed be combating diseases that may cause pale, dry skin, hair loss, and for the future plastic surgeons out there, we can learn how to lessen overall nasal mass, so to speak. It seems like many of the pharmaceuticals we will be using to fight disease share the same mechanism: "We don't exactly know how it works yet, but it works". I challenge you, reader, to find a more appropriate example of real-world magic.

    So, as your medical journey begins, ask yourself this: What kind of wizard will you be? Will you be the Hermoine of your class- buried in books, your hand shooting upwards as if it were spring loaded, and wishing for a time machine necklace so you can do extra schoolwork? Or you may be Ron- not the top of the class intellectually, but making up for it tenfold in loyalty, determination, and comic relief. But one thing that we all share is a little bit of Harry-ness. To enter the world of medicine requires deep, raw courage, from individuals who will not shy away from a challenge, but rather run head first toward it. We are staring into the face of some of the world's greatest evils- I, for one, would much rather battle a hundred foot basilisk than cancer or heart failure or necrotic fasciitis (seriously, look it up). But that is the true magic behind medicine- unlike Harry, "the chosen one", we have all made our own deliberate decision to be here. So go forth, future sorcerers of the stethoscope, and have confidence throughout your journey. If Harry Potter can save the world by the time he was 17, medical school should be a piece of cake... with chocolate frogs on top.
     
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  3. Dr McSexy

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    I LOL'd , OP. Nice work :thumbup:
     
  5. AZFutureDoc

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    It is very true. Especially if you study the history of medicine.
     
  6. 911 Turbo

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    Wait, what? Someone has been thinking about harry potter a lot lately...
     
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    This is beautiful. Thank you. I lol'd. :D
     
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    I vote best post on these forums OP :love:
     
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    Absolutely loved this
     
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    Nice post. :thumbup:
     
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    Haha this is brilliant. Well done!
     
  12. ElCapone

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    That was a pretty neat read. Have you thought about starting your own blog?

    Btw, why does your status still say Veterinarian if you're a Med School student?
     
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    You..are a veterinarian?
     
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    Nice, funny post, I enjoyed it.

    I was a lot like Looney Lovegood in med school. In fact, I probably will always be slightly quirky like Luna.. just that I have never worn raddish earrings before.

    To add to everyone's neurosis, you guys should do this personality test and see which of the 4 houses of Hogwarts you'd end up in:

    http://www.personalitylab.org/tests/ccq_hogwarts.htm

    I ended up in Slytherin with Ravenclaw a somewhat close second.
     
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    Why not Slytherin? A little ambition goes a long way.

    But seriously, nice post OP. I want to go to a school that reminds me of Hogwarts - just to see it and smile every day.
     
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    :rolleyes:
     
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    A good laugh after awhile indeed.
     
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    My school is separated into four houses. I'm in the one everyone seems to think is Slytherin.

    Mudbloods will never see it coming, I guess...:smuggrin:
     
  19. dbeast

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    Yea, I actually like Slytherin too... the title just came to me because I imagine that house would be full of gunners. Starting a blog would be way fun, but it's just a HIPAA violation waiting to happen, at least until I understand med school a little better. I used to write for a pretty widely read website so it's fun to dive back into it from time to time. Feel free to repost the original wherever you guys want :) Thanks for all the comments!

    #1 issue with starting school early... you go to bed at 8:30 on a Sunday :(

    PS- No, I'm not a veterinarian. It's meant to be ironical. I'm not actually at your mom's house either... Not yet, at least :smuggrin:
     
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    It's because he cares for cougars.


    Duh.
     
  21. dbeast

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    Ah yes, you know me so well :love:
     

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