So I'm not really sure if anybody will ever read this, but hey... I figure the life of a medical student might be kind of interesting. Plus, it'll be nice to kind of keep track of my life and have something to read back through.
The long and short of it is, up until this point, medical school has been everything I've wanted and much much more. The classes are tremendously interesting (I mean, that we knew; I loved undergrad bio so much, I would have been really surprised if I wasn't totally into medicine), and the way that they are taught is fantastic. All the teachers really seem to have a genuine interest in getting us to know the information. Hard to explain, I guess... but there is a distinctive feeling that the teachers are now there (in their role as experts) to impart as much knowledge as they possibly can.
I mean, undergrad teachers were amazing teachers as well, but somehow the attitude has changed. For example, our hand anatomy lecture is going to be given by a local hand surgeon- obviously his goal will be to explain it as well as he can.
Enough of that.
But, to be honest, the best part about medical school is the people. I came to U of A specifically to try to avoid people who got into this whole gig for the wrong reason. And, to be frank, there are a lot of opportunities to go astray. There are very few other professions out there where you can bark out a command and have it followed (drill sergeant, maybe?), or pass judgement on someone and have them listen ("Stop drinking or you'll die within the month"). That's pretty scary.... and so I wanted to make sure that I went somewhere where people would be as genuinely good-natured and kind as possible.
I think I struck paydirt... honestly, almost all the people in my class just seem to be great people. We've got a 33 year old acupuncturist who spent the last few years of his life traveling around India and studying Yoga with one of the few remaining yoga masters. We have a woman who is married to an Italian guy, speaks fluent German, and holds cooking parties. My roommate is an extremely friendly, easygoing guy who wants to do pediatrics. Honestly I'm in heaven... I feel like I'm surrounded by people who have decided to spend their lives caring for other people... its such a positive, supporting environment. I love feeling this happy.
Anyhow, I should probably keep this somewhat short. I'll try to keep this updated with stuff as often as possible though... I'm ridiculously busy so I don't know how often that will happen. There sure are going to be a lot of new, lifechanging things happening.