ndab Ah Yes, Medical School: Close Encounters

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Close Encounters

When I received two separate emails from pre-meds asking for my advice on how to pick a medical school within a day of each other, I was flattered (albeit just a wee bit disappointed that they clearly had not been paying attention to anything I’ve been writing the last three [sigh] years about this whole doctor thing). When I found out that one of the schools they were both considering happened to be the school I am currently attending, I was motivated to give them whatever first-hand advice I could come up with. When I learned that both were going to be in town for my school’s revisit day, I figured I’d offer to meet up with them to discuss the situation in person rather than ramble on and on over the course of a five page email with a whole mess of confusing advice in a vast array of run-on sentences and misplaced paragraphs that they probably would find worthless, senseless, and utterly wasteful anyways (irony, that’s your cue). Besides, such a lengthy email would take me way away from my otherwise bustling social life.

Yet, right after agreeing to meet with them it occurred to me that I have absolutely no idea who these people are. I forgot for a moment that while I started writing this nonsense/blog as a means to vent and entertain both my mom and my imaginary friends, there are other (real) people out there who read it now, and some of them have what could only be described as a violent hatred for...well…me. Would they be normal? Would they reveal stalker tendencies previously developed on myspace and facebook? Would they forcefully strap me down and perform yet another circumcision on me as a means of teaching me some twisted and still pointless lesson?

With some trepidation, I met up with these two prospective medical students…and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. Of course, the fact that I’m still alive right now would have been good enough for me. They both seemed like great people, and after drowning them in a verbal ocean of my useless advice, I actually feel bad that I probably served no purpose for them whatsoever.

I was, however, troubled by one thing: one of the students told me that, in a mock PBL session done that morning, a different prospective medical student asked the facilitator/faculty member a question that went something like “So there’s this third year at your school who has a blog and he says [something about everything sucking].” OK, while I am amazingly flattered that I have that sort of influence and have reached this degree of C-level Internet quasi-celebrity, please, please, PLEASE do me a favor and do not bring up these sorts of things in front of those sorts of people. I don’t have a book deal to fall back on, people.

Regardless, I hope these two future medical students come to a peaceful decision about their medical school choice. I hope I didn’t scare them away from my school because this school could use a few decent people like them. Most importantly, I hope that future readers do not feel concerned about contacting me with whatever question they may have, and I’m over my fear about meeting random people through this blog should the situation present itself. Unless of course you want to talk about circumcision, in which case why don’t you talk to this guy instead?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wait...so no donkey punching went on?

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


way too funny!

5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha...some people are good...but since you're a man, its easier to not be worried about people met on the internet

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

that was nice of you, sorry it back-fired.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't start meeting your readers, you'll get yourself into trouble!!

9:05 PM  
Blogger The Angry Frenchie said...

You know you're a celebrity when you have stalkers.

And you're a big-time celebrity when said stalkers want to kill you.

I'd hire body guards if I were you. It'd be sweet, you could have two large and angry guys follow you everywhere, and rough up annoying people, like Mr. Nopenis, and that attending that yelled at you for wearing scrubs. If that nurse tries to get her revenge for your one-upping her, just have Bruno plant his size 14 shoe firmly up her rectum, which would probably advance that stick that's stuck in her ass into her sigmoid colon. But you get the point. And that point is that bodyguards = awesome.

1:15 AM  
Blogger Kate Mc said...

That was really nice of you. I probably would have run away screaming. Although, like gloria said, 'tis slightly easier not to be concerned about your safety when you're a guy.

Be careful, though. Blogs can get people into sticky situations with schools, employers, etc.

4:28 AM  
Blogger OMDG said...

I'm sorry those idiots almost(?) outed you in front of your superiors. It is true, you need to be careful in this day and age. Even if the Courts have ruled that you can say whatever you want about whomever on your blog, you can still get fired in about 2 seconds by your employer for doing so. Incedentally, the Courts also support that.

Now don't you wish you'd gone to law school instead?

6:50 AM  
Blogger UnsinkableMB said...

i have met one of my readers before, but she was a long time reader of my nurse blog and student nurse blog. like gloria said, you're probably safe because you're male.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those comments on you being safe because you're a man; I thought that your masculinty was in question by pretty much every female you've encountered? No?

9:10 AM  
Blogger Pawlu said...

Whehey: looks like fun! Don't you just love it when people come sidling up for advice? Makes you wonder: WHOA? These people actually look up to me? (or are they just taking the piss?)

Am in Med school in Malta (europe), and am on the Medical Education board as a student rep: hence when prospective meds have queries about student life etc, they get sent my way. Haven't been sodomised by any of the people I've met though; it tends to be safe.

Interesting blog.

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog!

And don't worry - I think it's safe to assume that the abduction of a current med student by insane premeds wouldn't be too beneficial to the applicants in the eyes of the ADCOMs, aside from maybe a few points for well-roundedness. You're safe.

Best wishes, pal!


11:39 AM  
Blogger Dr Vegas said...

You mean you didn't tell them to reconsider their career choice? Perhaps if they spent a week shadowing you that would help...

6:40 PM  
Blogger sadielady said...

So does this mean you'll meet up with me if I come out to visit your school too? Oh, wait... I'm not pre-med or anything, I would just be looking for a date with the fake doctor. ;)

5:40 PM  
Blogger Marissa Engel said...

I recently met one of my own blog fans and I was not so much surprised at his normalness, but he was shocked to discover how normal I am!

8:19 PM  
Blogger An Enlightened Fellow said...

Amazing that people who blog could actually be normal.

10:14 PM  
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