Waiting

So basically I’m waiting right now. I’m waiting for an interview invite from the schools I’m complete at (meaning that I’ve finished and submitted the secondary application and paid the fee, and I’ve sent in my LORs already). Those schools are University of Maryland, Loma Linda University, and the University of Cincinnati. I have completed the secondary apps, and sent in my LORs to Meharry and Morehouse, but I’m waiting to pay the secondary application fees. This is partially based out of the fact that I would prefer going to other schools, but I will apply anyway, because if I don’t get in, people will say its because I didn’t apply to enough schools. The Vanderbilt School of Medicine actually screens before they allow you to fill out a secondary application; so if they like your AMCAS application then they will send you an e-mail inviting you for an interview and inviting you to fill out an secondary application. Emory University and Howard University just have not gotten around to sending anyone their secondary application. So yeah, that is where I am in this application process. On Wednesday, my fiancée and I had a delightful (lol I like that word) lunch with a lady on the University of Maryland School of Medicine admissions committee. She gave us a tour of the school’s first building (built in 1807) which is still in use for classes. As we were eating lunch, she told us something I had never heard before. She told us that as they read our letters of recommendation (LORs), they give the LOR a letter grade I guess according to how it portrays you as a student and applicant. Any LOR that is graded less than a B will exclude you from getting an interview at Maryland. Now I’m not sure if this is how its done at other schools, but it was interesting to hear how they dealt LORs. I really have to be honest; I LOVE the University of Maryland and I would be delighted (lol) if I got into this school.

Last night I got the chance to shadow an Emergency Medicine attending, who works in the busiest ER in Maryland (yeah, even more than Maryland’s Shock Trauma hospital). It actually turned out to be a pretty slow night, but it was cool to see what the normal day of an ER doc is like. I don’t know if the ER doc I was shadowing was just extra efficient or what, but he literally spent about 6 minutes with each patient, and in that time he figured out what was wrong with them. Many people that came in complained of obscure stuff like belly pain, or burning in their chest, headaches, etc. The ER doc’s job is to figure out if the patient has a problem that is an emergency or not. Once they determine that it isn’t an emergency they will either treat you with pain meds and send you back to your primary care doc, or they will treat whatever you have and send you home. Now if it is an emergency, then they will admit you to the hospital and hand you have to the hospitalists (internal medicine docs that only work in the hospital), or surgeons, or whatever service can best help you. When I compare the amount of time that the surgeons spent with their patients compared to the ER docs, the ER docs actually seemed to spend less time with their patients. Stuff is really sad there sometimes too. There was a lady that came in last night, complaining of mild headaches. After a CT scan of her head, we saw a mass that literally took up almost half of her brain. It is just amazing that someone could be living comfortablly with something growing inside of them like that. Anyway, as one of the ER docs put it as he looked at her scan, she’s a dead woman. She’s not dead yet, but she probably won’t make it, and with that, they admitted her immediately into the ICU, where she would be looked over by some neurosurgeons. Overall Emergency Medicine only seems cool because you get paid over $200k a year, have no call, work only 3-4 days a week, and you can spend oodles of time with your family. But in the end, you are still dealing with internal medicine like cases, which isn’t very interesting to me. But if you are into quick investigative stuff, then it might be an interesting specialty for you.

I leave to drive back down to Alabama on Monday for school, so my summer has come to an end.

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