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Some Encouragement - Yes I'd Do it again!

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by Richie Truxillo, May 14, 2008.

  1. Richie Truxillo

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    Well here I am staring at my 4th year rotation grades. All passed, all A's. I'm going to graduate!

    I remember years ago being in the pre-allo and pre-osteo forums wondering if I was ever going to get into medical school and if I was ever going to do well on the MCAT.

    I made it in! Amazing!
    I passed all my boards first try! Amazing!
    I'm graduating! Amazing!

    So here's the deal, if *I* can make it through medical school, anyone can with the right amount of self-motivation, drive and good study habits can as well. Yes, I'm nervous about starting residency but it's just another stepping stone in the grand scheme of things.

    Bottom line, don't lose heart. Keep applying if medicine is what you really want. I wouldn't trade it for anything now...even after the long hours of study!

    Best wishes to you all, so get cracking on applying! :D
     
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  3. RySerr21

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    thats the kind of stuff i love to read during my MCAT stdy break


    :horns: rock on :horns:
     
  4. Richie Truxillo

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    Here's something else for ya, cram that MCAT stuff in good cause you'll never use it again....ever...once you get into medical school :laugh:

    Seriously, MCAT Audio Osmosis for the win. Took me up a good amount of points from my 23 on my first try. :p

    Then, USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 secrets once you get into med school to pass your boards along with the USMLEWorld Qbanks

    Ok, sleepy time, going to go buy a house in Roanoke tomorrow! yay! I'm just jazzed is all. Go get em, study hard and go for it!
     
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    It is always good to hear a happy ending. Thanks for the encouragement and I can't wait to start my long journey thru medical school.
     
  6. RySerr21

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    AHHH! that is the exact reason why i have ZERO motivation to study for this stupid test. i know i will never ever need to know any of it.....ever (with the exception of the bio stuff). i hate learning useless information. i just want to get it over w/ and never ever think about it. i may even try to eliminate the letters M, C, A, and T from my alphabet just so that I know there is no possible way that they could ever combine to form the word i have grown to distest so much.
     
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    This is a wonderful thing to hear. Thank you! You've lifted my spirits up! Yeah!

    Congratulations Doc!!! :D
     
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    A buddy of mine just took the MCAT, and he comes up and starts talking to me about how the o-chem pissed him off, and SN2 reactions and NMR and all that crap. It dawned on me that I don't remember any of that ****, and I don't care about it anymore. I told him to purge that nonsense from his brain because he is done with it.
     
  10. RySerr21

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    my prof was an NMR, IR, cNMR FREAK. so irritating. we could never escape it.
     
  11. TexasTriathlete

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    The ACS award for achievement in mass spectroscopy is named after my grandpa and his buddy. I did not inherit that gene.
     
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    lets kill all the CAT's in the world too!
     
  13. RySerr21

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    i'm down. i hate hate cats. my sister has two of them too. they may look cute and awe you with their pretty blue eyes and white fur. but they are good for nothing.
     
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    Thank you so much for giving us a light at the end of the tunnel. Do you mind telling us what specialty you're going into?
     
  15. prionsRbad

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    Thanks for posting that! It's nice to see a non-disgruntled person happily graduating from med school. :)

    Good Luck in your residency :luck: and congrats on the house! :hardy:
     
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    Lol plus they think we are their slaves..
     
  17. Richie Truxillo

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    Family Medicine with a fellowship in Medical Informatics (Computer stuff, I was a computer programmer before I went to med school)

    Keep your chins up and never ever give up!

    -Richie
     
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    I'm a non-traditional myself so I love hearing stories like yours. Best of luck to you!
     
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    That's awesome man! You've personally inspired me as well... Good luck with your residency!!
     
  20. bth7

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    :thumbup: Don't lose heart! That's most important thing! :thumbup:
     
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    Congrats...things will only get better and worse at the same time. hehe
     
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    Congrats! And thank you for posting this. It's nice to hear this from a WVSOM PBLer! Good luck with your residency :)
     
  23. Richie Truxillo

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    Yep, I'm getting nervous about my residency starting. Trying to brush up on my general knowledge, though I have a project in mind to keep me motivated though 8)
     
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    Hey bro,

    Congrats on all of your accomplishments and thank you so much for all of your advice!

    Later,
    Bryce
     
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    Thanks for kicking down some love for us pre-meds! :thumbup: Good luck with your future!:luck:
     
  26. box29

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    I'd do it all again except for OMM practicals during the first 2 years and first 11 months of third year!

    Good luck to the Class of 2012! Study HARD and blow your COMLEX and USMLE out of the water!!!
     
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    i love Dr. Box.
     
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    would you do it all over again at the same school???
     
  29. bth7

    bth7 It's worth it in the end . . .
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    As absoutely, mindnumbingly soul-crushing as it was,

    yes, Yes, YES! I'd do it again.

    The only rule to remember:

    No matter what they say,
    no matter who tells you I can't be done,
    or it shouldn't be done,
    or that's just not how we do it here,

    follow your heart!

    (Oh, and Rule #2 get a really good score on USMLE Step 1).

    :)

    bth
     
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    Sure beans!!!
     
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    I love me some sherruns!!!:biglove: Good luck!!! You'll have a blast!...Oh, and learn a lot too...hehehe
     
  32. Richie Truxillo

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    Yes, and I'd do PBL again if I had to start over knowing what I know now, even with all the weird administrative stuff going on.

    Yeah, at times, it seemed like the world was crashing down on me but ya know, looking back, I made a mountain out of a molehill for nothing. :laugh:
     
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    That sounds a little unique - was it your first choice??
    Congrats, either way!!!

    And thanks for the encouragement. Now if I could just figure out how the part about "anyone can with the right amount of self-motivation, drive and good study habits can as well" works...
     
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    YES!!!!!
     
  35. Richie Truxillo

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    My first choice? Well when I started med school I wanted to go into urology. Then I got married and realized during the match that my family is more important than working long hours doing surgical stuff. I love surgery and my hat goes off to all the surgeons who survive a 5 year residency. In the end I chose lifestyle with Family Medicine and the fellowship in Medical Informatics was a chance to utilize my undergraduate training and certifications to better and more lucrative use.

    You will find when you get into med school that you'll get caught up in drama and prestige and all these things. Then you wake up and realize that the prestige is just an illusion that doctors build amongst themselves and the drama over "OMG I'm never going to make alot of money if I do X specialty" fades away when you realize anyone can make decent bank if they run their business the correct way. One of my friends in primary care netted over 430,000 last year, 6 years out from residency.

    In short, your tastes will change. Tune out others and tune into yourself. Find out what you REALLY enjoy because you're going to be waking up every day for the next 35 years and doing it. For me, it was patient interaction, computer stuff and lifestyle. For you? Well those pages are left to be written by you!
     
  36. fireflygirl

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    :thumbup: Great advice. Especially the part of being successful in any field based on how you run your business. My father has done a similar thing with his family practice and despite some of the challenges, absolutely loves it. Thanks again for the awesome encouragement!!!
     
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    Hey Doc...2 b:)

    you really lifted my spirit!
    I am begining this long journey starting tomorrow...mcat day:)))
    Hope one day I do achieve highest levels as well...


    thanks for the motivation and keep it up:)))
     
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    I meant - did you match into your first choice? But that's a great answer anyway!
     
  39. Richie Truxillo

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    Whops, didn't answer your question Ortho! Technically I didn't match but I only ranked one program and found out that they didn't even submit a DO match rank list till match day. (They told me in the interview to go ahead and go for the DO Match) They told me to go ahead and apply through the Allopathic match but I pulled out of the allo match when I got a telephone call from one of my old preceptors who became the program director at my current program. So, technically, I scrambled into the spot through the DO scramble. :)

    For those of you who don't understand all the Match stuff, don't worry, you've got 2 years at least to not worry about it. :laugh:
     
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    Congratulations : )
     
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    Richie you are my hero:love: I was just about to close my books and go to sleep, but now that I have read this I guess I can study a little while longer:D
     
  42. Richie Truxillo

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    Love that attitude, it will take you far! Never give up the fight and good luck! :luck:
     
  43. Richie Truxillo

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    Here at grad week at WVSOM. Feels really good to wear those green doctor robes (though a little stuffy and sweaty out in the sun).

    Go study for that MCAT guys! Go Go Go!
     
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    Thanks for the thread/posts Richie. You really are gifted in exhortation. Congrats on completely rocking medical school! [​IMG] :thumbup:
     
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    Doctors wear robes? Like jedis?
     
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    Probably the loosely tied silk kind...
     
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    HELLLLLL yea!

    You were a computer programmer? At least I'm not the only, non biology/chemistry slave who is going to go to medical school. *Points to self* film, television, and new media production. I've been a sportscaster for a while and my advisors at SDSU think I'm crazy.

    Holler.

    Congratulations, dear heart! Tear it up!
     
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    Personally, after all the med students go through, I think they should be able to wear whatever they want. I'd elect for some sweet toga-action.
     
  49. Richie Truxillo

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    Yes, I was previously, though it looks like my skills will be put to good use after all when I complete a medical informatics fellowship.

    Got my degree yesterday. It's awesome :) The robes are stuffy though! The moment I got hooded by my best friend, the wind blew really hard and the stage backdrop fell apart! It was awesome, like it was divine intervention or something! Made a big ole THUD! :laugh: :laugh:

    Waking up and seeing the degree on the wall downstairs reminds me its real and that residency is coming in 30 days.

    So yes, non-traditional undergrad students do well, provided you can get through your first year of basic science courses and pass your step I boards.

    Go get em blondie, they world is your oyster so go shuck open the admissions committee at the school of your choice.
     
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    Thank you so much for the wonderful encouragement.

    Follow your heart, I keep hearing people repeat that message, hmmm.

    I have a question.

    Were you always self assured that you would succeed or did you wory that you had fooled everyone but you won't be able to handle med school?
    Or a variation on that theme. The biggie for me is as an undergrad, one has the full spectrum of students including the people that help the curve or that help dumb down the class (even challenging classes like Micro or Organic.) In med school, everyone is the cream of the crop.

    I feel as though I earned my good grades through hard word but not necessarily with the help of any natural giftedness. Perhaps, if I'm very lucky, a slightly above average IQ. I worry the hard work without the extreme intelligence translates into not doing well in med school. What is your positive upbeat response to this nagging fear?

    Congratulations, again, on your achievement and I wish you well in your upcoming residency.
     
  51. Richie Truxillo

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    Maybe when I get around to it, I'll scan some of the comments from my PBL stuff and you can kinda see my perception of myself through my classmates. In the end, I did just fine. You can do and handle ANYTHING you set your mind to. Just takes some hard work.
     

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