Archive for November, 2008

interviews

Posted in medicine on November 30, 2008 by whenispark

i have been rather lazy when it comes to update about interviews, so here i am to update about the past four.  i need to keep on this for the rest of time so that when i need to rank, i have yet another source, especially for my earlier interviews.  i need to have something to remember them by.  so my four interviews in order of occurrence:

metrohealth/ccf

when i first went to this interview, i looked back on it more positively than i should have, but that is the problem with a first interview.  you have nothing to compare it to.  if all that mattered to me was my interaction with the residents and the program coordinator, then i would certainly consider going there.  however, the feeling i got from the attendings was completely different.  the program director asked me about the state of summa and the things that dr. f would be getting into, which i thought was inappropriate and irrelevant to my interview.  another attending told me that they came back to metrohealth for the benefits, when i asked why she came back after leaving for two years.  now i am sure that was certainly a reason, but that should not be number one.  then most of the attendings asked, “well why should we take you?”  i just felt like the attitude of the attendings toward the residents was not an environment i would want to be in.  i should note it wasn’t all bad.  there was one attending that was into medical education that i completely bonded with, and i know i would enjoy working with him.  and again, i was interviewed by a resident who i definitely enjoyed talking to.

so overall, it was meh. (which p.s. is now a word in the dictionary!)

aultman

my reception at aultman was certainly a welcoming one.  despite their statement at the dinner and throughout the day that they all get along i was a little skeptical because only 3 showed up to the dinner, 2 of which were interns.  it was a frustrating interview because you would ask the residents one simple question and all three would feel the need to provide an anecdote to answer with none of them telling you something different.  however, it was pretty clear that liked being there and were happy.  as to the attendings, they were all welcoming and kind, and i felt like i would be wanted there. the main downfall?  it’s canton.

musc

loved it, loved it, loved it.  i loved the residents, the musc students, the attendings.  it was like i was at summa – but without having to have been there for 10 weeks.  i was there for a few hours and felt comfortable.  they had some students from the north, so i know they would be willing to take students from there and it was one more way for me to bond.  i liked all of the attendings, and it was a rare occasion that they tried to pimp me on my application.  instead they tried to find out about my life outside of medicine and how i worked to maintain it.  i had very personal conversations with the attendings.  basically, there was nothing after that interview that i could say i didn’t like.  the program director was completely and utterly wonderful.  if i decide i’d like to go out of state (which is definitely a strong possibility), i will be striving to go there.  i may try and go back for a second look if i can get z to go as well.

summa

summa was…summa.  they know how i feel about them, and vice versa.  if i decide to stay in the area, i will certainly be there and loving it.  dr. f is wonderful, the residents are great overall, and i know who the chiefs will be and they are awesome.  the attendings are all incredible, and i know them well.

so right now, the two top contenders are summa and musc.  we’ll see where things go.  i will start trying to make individual posts about interviews.

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black friday…

Posted in random rants on November 29, 2008 by whenispark

is overrated.

happy thanksgiving

Posted in the home life on November 29, 2008 by whenispark

i was recently asked what my favorite holiday is, and after some contemplation, i decided it was thanksgiving.  don’t get me wrong, i love christmas.  however, in my family thanksgiving is the time of year that i see most of my family all at once.  i don’t see my father’s side of the family, but i still love the time i spend.  the other downfall of my christmas experience is that i have to hop around to a million places without much time being spent with any one group.  i look forward to the time when i have a family of my own and have an excuse to spend it at one place for the entire day.

and that is what i love about thanksgiving.  because my mother doesn’t do it here, and my father only does it here, there is only one place i can be for that holiday.  this year, i joined my mother to kill two birds with one stone.  on monday i have my step cs (clinical skills) in atlanta.  why atlanta?  well because the test entails interviewing real patients, they can’t have this test every where like my other boards.  thus it is only in 6 places in the country, and atlanta is one of them.

this year was also special because steve’s family joined us.  i have always gotten along well with them, and as i get older i appreciate the change in the relationship i have with his family – certainly a positive one.  every year, one of my favorite parts of christmas was knowing on christmas eve that i would spending the evening at mike and kathy’s house.  it really is one of my favorite holiday traditions.  this year also offered my the opportunity to talk to sarah a little more than usual.  i don’t know why that hasn’t happened in the past, but i do like her very much, and i hope there are more opportunities to spend time with her.  i loved sitting at dinner next to mike and kathy last night as we talked about all of the places i’d like to go, and places i hadn’t previously considered going.

the remainder of today and tomorrow will now be spent preparing for monday, but there is little i need to do.  i have been technically been preparing for this test for the past 3 years of my life and if i can’t do it without a ton of prep, then i really shouldn’t be a doctor.