Deja VuSunday, August 31st, 2008 by Shaun Patel
2007: Appalachian State 34, Michigan 32
2008: Utah 25, Michigan 23
See the pattern? Until now, Michigan hadn’t lost consecutive football season openers since 1989-90. This isn’t exactly a statistic you want to be associated with, but I was present at both the Appalachian State and Utah games. Let’s hope the team bounces back next week!
As far as school goes, we just completed our initial sequence and had our first set of final exams. The first month sure did fly by. We have learned a lot in a short time but I know that there is still much, much more to cover. While a good deal of what we are taught is scientific in nature, there are many other skills and qualities needed to become a great physician. At the end of a dense medical genetics lecture, our professor emphasized that medicine is, in fact, a combination of both science and humanism. He summed this up quite eloquently with the following quote:
“One of the essential qualities of the clinician in humanity; for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” - Francis Weld Peabody, JAMA, 1927
We also had our first Career Seminar this past week. This series of meetings aims to give us an introduction into many of the possible medical fields in order to help us choose a specialty when the time comes. There are a multitude of factors that go into choosing a specialty. I won’t go into detail on this topic, but I will say that although they may (or may not) be stereotypes, each specialty tends to attract members with certain character/personality types. What kind of physician am I going to be? See if you can figure it out using the chart below. Stay tuned, the answer will be posted in ~3.5 years.
As a final note, good luck to any medical school applicants that have upcoming interviews here at UMMS! I’m looking forward to being a tour guide for interviewees so maybe I’ll see you soon!