Saturday, 31 December 2011

My secret New Year's Resolution...

I have a confession to make. One of my new year's resolutions is to lose a bit of weight. Though, I won't admit it to anyone I personally know (exception: boyfriend). I'm too embarrassed.

I know. It's the most cliché resolution you can possibly have. I'm afraid that if I tell others they will LOL forever at the ridiculousness of my goal.

I have technically been pursuing this goal for a little over a week now. And I use an app called "My Fitness Pal" on my iPhone. It helps me track my calories, water consumption, and exercise habits. And, in just a few days, I'm going to enrol in spin class to help me on my way.

So far, so good.
3 lbs lost this week (though, probably "water weight" I've heard...).
But it's motivation enough to keep going.
And, with my interview fast approaching, I want to look and feel my best. The only way I feel like I can do this is through the energy gained from a healthy lifestyle.
I hope this works!

Questions for you readers: What is your resolution? Do you even have one? Have you ever broken a resolution? Or... have any of them worked? Please share!

Friday, 9 December 2011

"You want to be a what?!" - Reactions when telling strangers you want to become a physician

When people ask you what you want to become in life, what do you say? Here's a reproduction of a conversation I recently had with someone I recently met. A slightly older person.

Me: "Hi, nice to meet you!"

New person: "Nice to meet you too! So, what are you doing right now? Are you a student?"

Me (smiling): "Oh no, I'm not studying. I'm taking a break right now"

New person (obviously confused): "Oh, so what is it that you are doing?"

Me (still smiling): "I work as a research assistant."

New person: "Oh, good heavens. Is that what you want to do in life?"

Me (consolingly): "Hm, well I really enjoy learning about health and medicine. So I want to go farther in that field."

New person (eyebrow raised): "Meaning... you want to be a nurse?"

Me: "No, sorry. I explored that field and it's just not for me."

New person (persistent): "You know, they make quite good money."

Me: "Yes, I know. But I like my current research more."

New person (confused): "Oh... so that's what you'll be doing for the rest of your life?"

Me: "I'd love to do research throughout my life. I'm applying to medical school and want to continue doing research."

New person: "Wait, medicine?! That's a tough one!"

Me (sigh): "... Yup."

Doing Right: A Practical Guide to Ethics for Medical Trainees and Physicians

Disclaimer: No, I have not been sponsored at all for those post. Though, I'd be quite shocked if I ever were asked to sponsor anything... maybe Nikes running shoes? I think you have to be fit to sport those. Which, I mean I'm small, but fit I am not. Hm... maybe there's still time for that? But Christmas is coming, so I don't know how much of a possibility being "fit" is for me in the upcoming weeks! Not that I could become an all star athlete in the next couple of weeks anyway. But, I mean if I did, then would Nike want to sponsor me? Ever? Hmm...

Okay enough rambling! And onto the post.

I've been recommended the book, "Doing Right" written by Philip C. Hébert, to read prior to the interview. Here's where you can find the book if you are interested:

Amazon has a great deal right now: $60.71CAD and free shipping!

That was the Canadian deal. Lucky Americans get it for even cheaper ($54.50 USD) through Amazon:

Sounds pretty good to me. And it is the latest edition. 
Maybe it will make me into a more ethical person. 

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

In the case that anyone wants to discuss Canadian applications...

... make sure you register on the Student Doctor Network.

Here is the main thread for those interested in Canadian Med School questions:

Not sure how long the premed forum will be down for, but while everyone is waiting the above site can be a great place to facilitate discussion.

Also, for those applying to UBC medical school, make sure to check out the UBC admissions blog.

Good luck to everyone writing exams! For you all, hey, this might be a blessing in disguise as you don't have your procrastination station for the time being!

Premed101 has crashed?

Attention all premed101 forum regulars. Does anyone know why the site has crashed? Or have any idea how long it will not run for?

It's a pretty important time right now, seeing as it is interview prep season.

Talk to me, guys.