Morehouse & LLU interview

I know some time has passed since my last post but the last two weeks have been an absolute whirl wind!!! Last Friday, I had my interview at Morehouse. The first thing that struck me about Morehouse was the security. At Howard, Vanderbilt, and the other medical schools, I really just walked right onto their campus; but at Morehouse, there are like only two entrances that you can actually get in by car or by foot, and there are guards at both. So I got in, went into the parking garage, and waited for an officer to let me into the medical school (all the buildings are accessed by key card). By far, Morehouse is the most organized black medical school. When I got into the medical school, the people in the admissions office knew my face already and called me by name. I was given a name badge and sat with the other interviewees. It was kind of cool too because one of the girls I saw sitting there was at the Howard interview I was at 3 days before…lol, it was almost like were good friends. Anyway, we couldn’t go into the first year medical school class because they were having a test, so we waited for the Director of Admissions to come a get us. I really enjoyed his presentation, because it was straight to the point. He realized that we had probably seen a bunch of medical school presentations at previous interviews so we just cut to the point and he answered frequently asked questions about Morehouse like Step 1 board passing rate, match list, curriculum, etc. He could really connect with us because he was actually an M.D. who had taken a break from his residency. We had a tour by some medical students and I was really impressed by the school. They have a lot more new facilities than Howard, and they have the nation’s only National Primary Care Center. Also, their students have the opportunity to rotate at Grady Hospital, and as the Director of Admissions was saying; there just aren’t enough doctors and nurses to handle the patients, so medical students really really really get their hands dirty during their rotations. Also, their class size is the smallest (I think) at around 54 students. They basically have a mission like the other black medical schools, which is to serve the underserved. Now my interview was pretty rough; not in that the questions were hard, but it was hard because my interviewer really had no idea how to interview. He had a sheet which was visible to me entitled, “Commonly Asked Interview Questions”, and he asked me all 70 of them!!! So yeah, my interview lasted for like 1 hour and 30 minutes, but he was a nice guy. Would I go to Morehouse if my fiancé and I were accepted there? I’m not sure; primarily because they start school like in the 1st week of July, and I’ll be getting married on July 8th; and NO MEDICAL SCHOOL WILL INFRINGE ON MY HONEYMOON TIME. 🙂

This past Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, Dr. Nyirady, the Dean of Admissions at the Loma Linda School of Medicine was on campus to conduct medical school interviews. It’s kind of nice being a sister Adventist institution because we don’t have to fly out to California to interview. In fact, he interviews every senior that is interested in applying to LLU, even those that haven’t submitted their AMCAS application yet! So yeah, my interview was on Thursday, and it went very well. We talked about my upcoming wedding, some awards I received at Oakwood, and for the most part the mission work opportunities at LLU. He kind of made it known that I had a great chance of being accepted (praise the Lord) and he told me that he couldn’t imagine why I wouldn’t be considered for a scholarship. Honestly, LLU is my #1 choice because of their opportunities for mission work. To me, becoming a physician is a means to an end, and that end is point others to Christ. I can be a world renowned surgeon, saving dozens of lives everyday, and they could all die later and go straight to hell. There is a song by Kim Burrell, and in it she says, “Only what you do for Christ will last”, and I truly believe that. I really want to be able to incorporate ministry with my practice, and I believe LLU will train me best to do that. I don’t view myself as that academic surgeon on the faculty at Hopkins. I either see myself in an inner city or overseas in Africa. Dr. Nyirady said that their first admissions committee meeting is in December, and if I’m accepted then I’ll receive a call from him. Some other pros about LLU is that they have a systems based curriculum, and Pass/Fail grading. Also, they have an amazing fitness center.

A couple of hours after my LLU interview, both my fiancé and I received an e-mail from Meharry inviting us for an interview on November 10!!! This is the first opportunity my fiancé and I have to interview together! Unfortunately, we will be at the ABRCMS research conference during that time, so we’ll have to reschedule for later, but I’m still excited!

As for classes, they are going fine. I’m enjoying histology to a point, but I believe that our teacher is going about the wrong way for our lab. In medical school, for Histology, basically you look at slides on a microscope or on a computer screen and you identify the tissue. In our lab, we look at the tissue on PowerPoint, and then we have to draw and color it on paper??!!! Very stupid and very time consuming, but whatever, I guess that’s life. Biochemistry is actually going pretty well. I’m understanding it, and keeping up alright. I just have to make sure that I study consistently instead of trying to play catch up in the end. As you all know, I’m a lab instructor for our Gross Anatomy class at Oakwood, and we finally got 3 new bodies. One is an absolutely humongous Asian male, and the other two are petite Caucasian women. Because of the delay in receiving the new bodies, we have to dissect like crazy to get them up to the point where the students are in their Grant’s Dissector text book. I’m really starting to retain this stuff as I help students learn it. Hopefully this will help me to rock anatomy in medical school. That’s all that is going on for now. Talk to yall later.

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