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Nobody wears a white coat any more...
...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
Post-its from the Wards, 2
Submitted two days late to my editor, who is displeased with me. I think the style is choppy and a bit amateurish, but I have limited space and creativity tonight. I had to write it tonight, or I was going to be in serious trouble - hence, when I thought "Oh, I should ask this..." I had no time to. May be doing more in-depth profiling later, or may stick with the systems-oriented approach I'm doing right now. Any thoughts, other than "you can write much better than this," O Best Beloved?

Being a medical student is hard – no-one who’s spent the night studying for a test that turned out to be over all the other tiny details would dispute that. Learning anatomy and biochemistry is akin to learning a foreign language; let alone trying to master the alphabet soup of acronyms, abbreviations, and made-up descriptors that seasons the speech of anyone in the hospital. As if there weren’t enough information to devour, digest, and attempt to make sense of, it’s half in Latin and half in what seems to be a whimsical invention of the medical profession.
Next time you’re staring at a list of abbreviations and acronyms, take heart in knowing that at least your professors are teaching the classes in English. Jennifer, a first-year in Montreal, finds herself an English-speaker in a truly bilingual city – and for Leo, an American second/third-year at China Medical University in Taiwan, presentations are often made in Chinese, although the texts and tests are in English. The language barrier and inevitable culture conflicts have made his medical school career more tumultuous than most, but they haven’t dampened his enthusiasm for medicine. The chance to help people out, even in the smallest ways, keeps him motivated.
Things really aren’t so different for Bobbie, a third-year in West Virginia. Even without the impedance of language, her school requires a cultural experience in the form of a one-month required clerkship in rural health. Moving between hospitals – from the VA to the university center alone – can be an experience worthy of culture shock to some; and as Bobbie, Jennifer, and Leo have found, becoming a medical student means joining a culture all its own. There’s no other group that has learned to take in stride the discovery that the cadaver next to you is beeping, its internal chemo pump losing battery power.
To most people, Leo’s fond memories of removing the brain of a cadaver are the stuff of horror books. To a medical student, it’s part of life. Whether our aims are cardiology or pathology, whether we are just entering our first year or finishing our fourth, living in Taiwan or Indianapolis, Montreal or West Virginia, medical school will forever change us and the way we perceive the world. Learning the language and the culture are just steps – like shelf exams and pathology lab – on the way to becoming a doctor.

now feeling:: blah blah
now hearing::

5 whispers echo . o O ( ... ) O o . whisper a word
amasashi From: amasashi Date: November 9th, 2003 08:19 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
And the crowd bursts into applause!

Well it does seem a bit rough draft-ish, but seeing how you were pressed for time it's understandable. I'm sure you can just do some editting later if you want.

I'm going to have to steal this and post it in my journal :-)
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: November 9th, 2003 08:32 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)
Editor'll probably take it just as it is. Her standards are far lower than mine. She thought the last one was "just perfect" and I thought it was a bunch of puzzled-together paragraphs with poorly-done segues.
Eventually I'm going to write properly for someone, and the satisfaction will be worth the effort.
Not tonight, though.
daxayl From: daxayl Date: November 10th, 2003 09:31 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)


sounds decent enough..not your best work, but I'm sure there will be a next time.

cadavers beep?
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: November 11th, 2003 02:44 am (UTC) (etched in stone)

Re: question

The chemo pump was making the "low battery" noise.
partridge From: partridge Date: November 15th, 2003 12:19 pm (UTC) (etched in stone)

My fond memories of GA are of sawing a man's head in half with a Sear's Craftsman wood saw (Lifetime replacement warranty!), one foot up on the table for leverage. The rest of my team was too wussy to do the hemisections.
5 whispers echo . o O ( ... ) O o . whisper a word