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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Crap or get off the Pot

You ever have a fantasy, and I'm not talking about a nekkid one, gutter dwellers...

What is a lurid fantasy without a black horse??

I'm talking about a reel that you have meshed together from several memories, that plays over and over again?

Wayne's World pop culture reference
Well, I have several of these...one involves showing up a my high school reunion all sexified...

Bad movie-but eerily close to the mark...
This occurs even though I don't keep up with anyone from high school, don't really care for anyone enough to go ( I made closer friends in college), and wasn't unpopular so it wouldn't be a 'how do you like me now' moment...

Kicking butt and taking names


I let it replay in my head, because honestly it keeps me motivated and off the pizza.  That and the hope to live into old age, that is...

However, another that drives me is maybe not such a dream, as I would REALLY like to take a stab at it.  Honestly, only my husband knows that I am so close to trying to reach this gold ring...

  And that is going to medical school after I finish my PhD...
Of course this is me!  (minus 50 more pounds that is...)
I love research, but would like to undertake clinical and translational research and be able to handle both sides of the equation-lab science AND patient care, so for this an MD is also necessary.  So, yes, I want the best of both worlds.




I have already looked into funding-signing to a military branch so that I do not need school loans, is the way I would go.  Furthermore, this would allow me to work at a military hospital, which would be very appealing to me-to serve my country without having to do pullups.

This lizard can do more pull ups than me...
I have looked into the classes I would need to and want to retake, for me to be an appealing candidate to a good medical school.


I have even looked into taking the MCAT, which scares the hell out of me to be honest...
Biting off more than I can chew?
I also contacted schools about their admittance policies for non-traditional students-those not directly out of their undergrad into medical school, or those whose expertise/value is not necessarily a high undergrad GPA.


Did I mention that I still have to finish my PhD???  Yes, I have classes, but for the most part am done with those, but I still have seminars/works in progress, and literature discussions, and oh 40+ hours a week in the lab-40 in a good week, that is...necessary to publish papers needed to graduate and finish my research dissertation-it's near impossible to do anything on the side...


And you know what my boss is like...


The positives about this whole thing-
-my boss is an MD so he has connections in our med school
-state med schools in Texas have to accept the majority of their applicants instate

Along with losing weight, this has become my obsession over the past year-and now that I am losing weight, I feel I need to make a decision one way or the other about this...
Hubby is very supportive and will stand behind me whatever I decide, but now I realize I need more objective opinions...

Thoughts?

8 comments:

Just Me said...

I saw the word "love" when describing your work. You're a pretty smart cookie. I think you should go for it...and it sure is wonderful to have a supportive hubby, isn't it?

CathyB said...

Absolutely! Go for it! But do me a favor... Get in the habit of being a good dictator!!! I'm reading your blog right now instead of working, because the gastroenterologist I'm supposed to be transcribing can't dictate for CRAP. Bleh! So, be kind to those who will be transcribing your dictation and enunciate clearly. :-]

But, I say again.. Absolutely! Go for it!!!

Jennifer said...

Sexified...hahaha! That might be my new word! Love it!

Jennifer
http://wecanlosethepounds.blogspot.com/

Angie said...

I am amazed by your drive. If a medical degree will allow you to have the career you really want,you are doing it for yourself, and you have the support you'll need, then god speed.I knew someone who always regretted not going for his phD. There were too many reasons not to do it (money, family obligations)but at the end of the day, and many years later, he was an unhappy person. It sounds like you are looking at all of the factors involved, and that it is an attainable dream for you.

Waisting Time said...

I am so envious that you have a dream like this!!

anne h said...

I went to Army Nursing school.
There, I was nominated by 3 of my Cadre
and instructors for Medical School.
Which I turned down.
Because I have always wanted to be a Nurse.

The Army PA program is also very good...
Alot of people use it as a bridge program!
Either way, it's just awesome that you are
so on fire over this! Best of luck to you.
Read as: Go For It!

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Sounds to me like you've already made up your mind. You just need to "kick in the butt" go finish, sign the papers and get it completed! Get going!! :-)

Aliana said...

Go for it!! LOVE THE PICTURE COMMENTARY!!!