Thursday, September 29, 2005

doctor evil

i could get on here and rant about the random annoyances that have been occurring with alarming frequency over the last few days. but that would be so mid-twenties-angsty-blogger-cliche, so i won't. also, the truth is that none of them really matter, and the stories are actually good cocktail party banter (if you go to the kind of non-elegant cocktail parties that i attend, such as the infamous Lab Happy Hour.)

so yeah. it's been an interesting week. josh has been working more than i thought was humanly possible, and as a result i have been wondering why doctors put up with having such ridiculous jobs. i know, rewarding, humanistic, yada yada, but still: i can not live without sleep. to figure out what's keeping him from throwing in the towel (not really, he actually loves it), i tried to think back to the noble reasons i had when applying to med school. this is all i could come up with:

(picture me, but younger, sitting in a chair with a thought bubble suspended over my head . . .)

- steady job promised in the long term! i'll never be unemployed! (remember, i graduated in 2002, which was after the enormous bubble burst and spewed crap all over my fellow graduates. where did those class of '99-00 $80,000-starting salary consulting jobs GO, anyway?)

- probably some decent $. doctors may not be *rich*, but they're not usually POOR, right? uhh, i think?

- going to medical school sounds impressive. more impressive than 'moved back home with her parents in a fit of indecision and despair', anyway.

- there is no way i spent a year trying to do organic chemistry for NOTHING

- the real world seems so . . . nebulous

- ooh, an excuse to be a nerdy academic for many more years

yeah. good thing i didn't put that stuff in my essay.


  1. Well, I have asked several doctors (that I like) if they would do it all over again.

    I'd say about 60% said they enjoyed what they were doing now that they were out, but that they wouldn't do it again if they could go back in time.

    This is what I use to comfort myself when I rock back and forth in the corner of my room holding my elbows... a lot of people hate it, and it *has* to get better...

    I think I should have been a PA... or a NP.

  2. Anonymous11:10 PM

    Stanton, isn't that what your attending told you once?