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...a tribute to becoming a doctor.
One thing at a time.
I'd wager that this article: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/503527?src=mp is one that mdrnprometheus and turnberryknkn have already seen.
It's the article I've been speaking at people since I got my score report back from my Step 2 CS, the one that echoes what I was saying not so long ago.

Plans for today were aborted thanks to a migraine. I spent today sleeping and throwing up, which I'm sure you wanted to know, O Best Beloved.
When Angel got home, we took my car to the dealer to have a noise looked at, and it stubbornly refused to make the noise. He thinks it's probably the brake wear liner, which will cost us about $200 we don't have. We don't have any money right now, as it's been a month since anyone got paid - and will be another month until I get my paycheck. Angel's money (first paycheck in 9 days!) will be deposited into a bank account in Indy, so the folks who take good care of our mortgages can make magical payments. I don't know how much of it I can reliably make go away without disrupting said magical balance.
And yet, today we had a man come and measure our floors for bamboo flooring. Mostly because I only ever want to move the piano once, and it's worth sucking our bank accounts dry to do it right the first time. Fast-growing grass that is far more renewable than traditional hardwoods and looks just gorgeous. Much nicer than laminate, and correspondingly more expensive.

Rental U-Haul yesterday went smoothly; boxes are cleaned out of storage and the garage, the house is empty. Need to contract a friend or relative to stop by, pick up the cable box and cable modem, and return to Comcast during business hours. My little sister may want the gas can and tuneup kit that goes with the lawnmower. Now to hope. If the house sells for list price we'll be absolutely fine. If the house sells for anything more than what we paid for it we'll be lovely. We've only put in a new air conditioner, new high-efficiency furnace, new carpet, and a new dishwasher and fridge in the last two years. That should help, right?
Boxes are, unfortunately, all over the house. This is the unpacking part where I get to try and figure out where we want all of the dishes and appliances. We have gained kitchen space, but much of it is drawer space and we have lost some cabinets that were converted to drawers. This leads to a basement pantry and appliance storage area. It'll work, one way or another.

Angel is making Mexican pizza. I'm going to go put away some more boxes. Tomorrow, perhaps, I will be more productive.

now feeling:: sick sick

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From: dr_bobbie Date: June 7th, 2005 01:56 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
If I could, I'd come up and we could lean on each other, if just for an few minutes.

I just feel like, after all the fanfare surrounding graduation, I've been hit with a tough jab to the middle, and I haven't quite gotten my breath back yet.

::hugs:: Hope you feel better soon.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 7th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I should be on MSN off and on, tomorrow.
loonyatcbh From: loonyatcbh Date: June 7th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I will be there tomorrow evening to do your box-emptying bidding... :)
kesil From: kesil Date: June 7th, 2005 04:18 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Oh no, the article isn't working and step 1 is tomorrow! Panic sets in!
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 7th, 2005 04:21 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
It begins:


From Medscape General Medicine™
TLC -- The Learning Curve
A Critique of the USMLE Clinical Skills Examination
Posted 5/23/2005

Nupur P. Mehta, BA; Daniel B. Kramer, BA

At our institution, all medical students are now required to take and pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination , Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) prior to graduation, and many of us have now received our "Pass" CS score report. But unlike passing Step 1 CS and Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK), receiving a passing score report on the CS only heightened our frustration with the entire experience. The CS has become a licensure requirement for all doctors graduating from medical school in 2005 or later. A similar exam has been required since 1998 for foreign medical graduates to ensure a minimum proficiency in patient interaction and English communication, as part of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification.[1] In its current form, the CS exam claims to use "standardized patients to test medical students and graduates on their ability to gather information from patients, perform physical examinations, and communicate their findings to patients and colleagues.[2]" As the inaugural subjects, we suffered with our colleagues around the country through all the trains and planes, rumors and rituals, pompous rhetoric, and laughable acting. All this, now combined with the stunningly inadequate feedback, confirms our prior suspicions about an entirely dubious enterprise.
kesil From: kesil Date: June 7th, 2005 04:25 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
I figure if they're going to make us do the CS (osteopathy now has its own, probably worse still) and reward docs for being automatons, they should allow palm pilots and cybernetic implants. I'll show them; they can't make me take 2CS if I don't pass 1!

Hope the migraine improves and that the weather up there is as nice as when I left :)
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 7th, 2005 05:34 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Migraine has been beaten into submission with Aleve. I may die of a heart attack, but at least I won't have a headache when I go.

It's hot and sunny and lovely up here :)
kesil From: kesil Date: June 7th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
hm...I don't beat mine into submission...I gently coax them into compliance with Darvocet. Because that's like, osteopathically treating the whole person.
ayradyss From: ayradyss Date: June 7th, 2005 05:35 am (UTC) (etched in stone)
Oh - and very best of luck to you. You'll do fine!
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