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    Hey...so in all the excitement for the 2009 Match results, I started thinking (although a bit early), about what type of residency I may want to go into once I graduate. So I thought, why not ..let's see what others might be thinking.

    GL to everyone for the match and future matches! :-)
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    Kingace, very few people maintain their specialty they started thinking about when they enrolled in medschool from what I have read from vmd. It also makes it easier if you're flexible with you choice of specialty and that's not to say one should settle for less. I'll feel the rotation waters and see what else is out there beside the general surgery everyone, well almost everyone, wants to get into.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kofi129 View Post
    Kingace, very few people maintain their specialty they started thinking about when they enrolled in medschool from what I have read from vmd. It also makes it easier if you're flexible with you choice of specialty and that's not to say one should settle for less. I'll feel the rotation waters and see what else is out there beside the general surgery everyone, well almost everyone, wants to get into.
    That's definitely the way to go. Keep an open mind through everything so that you can make an unbiased decision and you can find what you're truly happy in. Good luck.
    "The service we render to others is really the rent we pay for our room on this earth. It is obvious that man is himself a traveler; that the purpose of the world is not 'to have and to hold' but 'to give and to serve." - Sir Wilfred T. Grenfell

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    Even though I am "comitted" to psychiatry (no pun intended), I also believe it's good to keep an open mind, if you don't already have a very strong passion to do a certain field. I even doubted myself at times, but as I sat to evaluate it, it just keeps strengthening my purpose, and my sense of my path in life. Thank God.

    Keeping an open mind also helps one to allow an interest level in each rotation. Being comitted to one specialty, can begin to close your mind in certain rotations, and that's not good for grades, or the overall learning experience.

    Blessings all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPODAT View Post
    Even though I am "comitted" to psychiatry (no pun intended), I also believe it's good to keep an open mind, if you don't already have a very strong passion to do a certain field. I even doubted myself at times, but as I sat to evaluate it, it just keeps strengthening my purpose, and my sense of my path in life. Thank God.

    Keeping an open mind also helps one to allow an interest level in each rotation. Being comitted to one specialty, can begin to close your mind in certain rotations, and that's not good for grades, or the overall learning experience.

    Blessings all.
    Halleluja to that SPODAT!! I always believed in finding out about the road ahead from people who have been on that particular road and spodat reaffirmed my believe. Thanks SPO!! Let it flow freely like the Blessing from God in your rotation and at the end if that's your calling, you'll end up there.
    Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights you most, to value what is precious in your sight…..****** à Kempis

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    Yep...i agree with you 100% that we should all keep an open mind about these things...our experiences and training throughout medical school will definitely affect our decision for residency in 4 years.

    with that said..it is always still quite interesting to see what people are thinking..maybe we can do another poll in 4 yrs time and see how our original choices changed..lol
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    I did surgery 'shadow'(observership) with Emory and while there my attending surgeon said I could go shadow neurosurgery if I wanted. I did and totally fell in love with Neurosurgery so much so that everytime we finish a surgical procedure, I'll immediately leave and go straight into the neurosurgery OR. In the neurosurgery, I saw the work of a carpenter, mechanic and a seamitress/'taylor' in one neurosurgeon. After this, I visited their OR so much that my attending asked me if I wanted to join the neuro group for my 'shadow' and I realized how uneasy he was while saying that. I took away a valuable lesson from that(no one is fully satisfied what they're). Not only was neurosurgery awesome but I saw the most beautiful woman in the world as their attending and there the definition of 'beauty with brains' was standing there in person. Now I've two reasons to go into the neuro OR and I took all the chances i could get especially if my attending wasn't around. Mind you, I am married but beauty will always be beauty, (as a man i like to look at beautiful......), and who am I to try to stop that. I also shadowed under ****** Gupta of CNN, and the guy is really a very nice guy. I was a junior and had not taken advance biology and therefore had problem with some of the things he was trying to teach me. Some of the stuff he taught me sounded foreign and faraway, and you can blame me for that. He taught me like I was a third year medical student but it sure was fun pretending I understood all the neuro stuff he was talking about.

    I said all this to say that what you want to do can sometimes be different from what you end up doing. By way, eventhough I LOVE neurosurgery, I'll never apply to be in a 7yr residency program, too old for that.
    Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights you most, to value what is precious in your sight…..****** à Kempis

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    Kofi! you met and shadowed under ****** GUPTA????????????? HOW did you land such a great oppurutnity like that???
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    Quote Originally Posted by JerseyGirlDoc View Post
    Kofi! you met and shadowed under ****** GUPTA????????????? HOW did you land such a great oppurutnity like that???

    ps: if i was married and my husband called another woman, "the most beautiful woman in the world", id be pretty darn pissed
    JerseyGirl, Don't start nothing! LOL. I love my wife and will never say this to her or around her. I never made mention of this 'beautiful neurosurgeon' to her while recounting what happened at the hospital, never! Matter of fact I never talked about her while away from the OR or even think about her. I just added this while recounting my experience and nothing more.

    I only went to the hospital to do surgery shadow, neurosurgery was just a bonus and boy did I enjoy. It was just beautiful to watch as they open the skull, cut or graft a piece of a rib to 'fill' a segment of a spine etc. I hated the smell of a drilled skull but was fascinated and overjoyed at the sight of screws being fitted into spinal cords like mechanics at work.

    PS: JerseyGirl,don't give my wife any ideas 'cos she reads here too. Do you like it when men give you compliment? Huh. I didn't even compliment her, the neurosurgeon, so she does not know that I think she's a beauty. But I am quite sure she hears it all the time anyway.
    Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights you most, to value what is precious in your sight…..****** à Kempis

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    LOL kofi i was just teasin ya, pullin your leg... im sincerely sorry if you took offense to it... not tryin to give anyone any ideas here come on man youre my friend. haha look at the post now, iv edited it. cant wait to meet yall in about a month woot wooot.

    i cant believe you got to meet ******, hes like a God.

    ps: i replied to your email on gmail, please read and respond!
    Last edited by JerseyGirlDoc; 03-18-2009 at 11:03 PM.

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