Thursday, December 8, 2011

the dream

Passed my EMT practical exam, and in a few short hours, will pass the written. It's like throwing gasoline on a fire... exposure to medicine enhances my desire to practice it. The art of the patient history exam is like playing detective and problem solver all in one.

I've been working at the hospital now for a little over a month. I just work weekends, and while I come home exhausted, I often find myself looking forward to going to work. I even love the smell of the hand soap. I feel like a dry sponge, looking to soak up everything I possibly can, learn everything thrown my way, and talk to everyone who'll talk to me.

I still need to figure out shadowing. It's intimidating, trying to conjure up the cahones to talk to a doctor and ask. Who do I ask? What do I say? How does it work? The thing is, I really want to do it. I want to see what it's like. I want to spend a day shadowing as many different kinds of doctors as I possibly can. If there's something to be seen about medicine, I want to see it.

It's become an obsession, really. I wish I could say the same about organic chemistry. ;)


  1. I spent 2.5 years as an EMT before getting into medical school. It's the closest thing, yet not at all similar! If you can work on an ambulance, do that (plenty of study time...and crazy things happen at odd times...and they pay you). As for shadowing, just ask. Cold calls work. Seriously. You are basically saying, "Hey, can I stroke your ego?"

    1. Thanks for the tip! And I never thought of it that way, that just might work. :)