With my birthday being the other day, and seeing Rachel Thies in her fresh new short white coat, I’ve really taken a pause to reflect on my life journey.
First I would like to say congrats to all of the MS1s who have been accepted this year. You have gotten through the bottle neck of the medicine journey and you have a long tough road ahead.
Med school is a rough time. Looking back on it, I have to say it easily was not one of the most fun times in my life. The theme of my medical school journey probably was “put your head down and just keep moving.” As new medical students, please keep this in mind. So far my residency has been totally worth the tough and long road of medical school, and I anticipate an awesome 6 years here in Cincinnati.
Anyways, a bit of advice for incoming medical students, don’t worry about your speciality. You will worry about it constantly anyway, but I promise you it will come with time and most likely you’ll be happy in a handful of different specialties. Second, you will have time to do things. Your life isn’t over. I’ve arguably (according to some of the reports you read online) have one of the busiest lives known to man. Neurosurgeons are known to work 100 hour work weeks (not that I am, I follow the 80 hour work week religiously @ACGME), yet I still have time to type away on my blog and update my website. You’ll have time too. Also, read my previous posts about the school and what’s to come. You’re going to have a good time. Don’t forget to put your head down and plow through it. And if anyone has any questions feel free to email me. Shawn.Vuong@uc.edu