Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Decade!

Nothing makes you feel old like realizing you graduated from medical school 10 years ago.
Geez. I realized that a week ago when I was congratulating my med students. I told them about how my graduation was that spring morning when it hit me. Holybegezeez! It was May 2001! I remember how proud we all were (and perhaps a bit surprised!) that I made it through medical school, in a foreign country (I was a big-time mommy's boy and had a homesickness problem. Who knew, huh?). I remember how it felt when it came time for the Faculty of Medicine graduates to take the Hippocratic Oath:

"....WITH PURITY, HOLINESS AND BENEFICENCE I will pass my life and practice my art..."

And just like that, our lives were changed forever. With the 2 little letters stuck behind our names, M.D., we became Doctors. It didn't seem like that long ago, but in a blink of an eye, here I am.

Perhaps it was just a matter of coincidence that this trip back to Malaysia, I found my old graduation cap hidden away in a dusty cupboard and decided to bring it back with me to the US.

Geez. 10 years. If that seems like a long time, here's something for you starry-eyed med-students to ponder. I started medical school in 1996. 15 years ago! (that's the picture above, the smallest class in the history of the medschool). Between medical school + residency (specialty training) + subspecialty, it took me 12 years! So, as I've said many times before, I don't think being brainy is all that important to get you through medical school. Sure, having the grades help get you INTO medschool, but once you're in, it's pure stubborn-ness and perseverance that gets you through things.

Good luck!


Blogger ~fiOnAbEE~ said...

never knew u're from IMC! well hello super senior! I'm in 4th year IMU now.haha..i can see some familiar faces in the pics. and those people still working in IMU now. so much for faithfulness.haha
anyways,i enjoyed reading ur blog.but this is my first comment here. keep us posted with interesting stories! :)

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