What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

As I sat here feeling sorry for myself for all the studying I need to do (and am clearly not doing), I stumbled onto Seattle Mama Doc’s most recent blog, “Stronger – I Missed You” and was jolted back to reality. I wanted to share the video with y’all, because I’m so impressed with not only the meaning behind it, but also with the creative talent and filming that went into it. It was created by a patient of the Seattle Children’s Cancer Unit, Chris Rumble. Bravo!

I really used to despise when people would use this cliche phrase – typically to comfort someone going through a relatively benign event, like a break-up or broken down car. I would think of patient’s I’ve seen with problems that, from my point of view, didn’t kill them, but sure as heck didn’t make them stronger. At this time, I’d like to draw your attention to a group of kiddos proving me wrong.

You can read a little about the video and see how it was made (in the very place Seattle Mama Doc spends her days), by visiting Dr. Swanson’s blog or by clicking through some of the following links:

Oh Hello, Fourth Year…

I’ve finally buckled down and started studying for Step 2 CS, the third of four USMLE “Step” exams we have to take to be a fully licensed physician. So far I’d say it’s going as well as can be expected…

I plan on taking the test at the end of June and having a week off before fourth year starts.

On that note, holy wow – when did fourth year become weeks away? Our fourth years have been doctors for 2 weeks now, which makes my class the next in line for graduation.

While we’re on the subject of graduation, let’s talk about something I saw while doing a little perusing on Pinterest today (you know…while I was…studying…):

Medical School Graduate Gifts 

Now, I’m sure this is a great blog (actually, I’m not sure seeing as I can’t read a lick of Turkish, but we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt), but they have totally missed the mark on this one.

Let’s put it this way, do not buy any of that crap for your med school graduate. Just don’t. 

Actually, there are some adorably decorated cookies or something on there as well. I’m pretty sure anyone who isn’t diabetic or lactose intolerant can appreciate some delicious iced sugar cookies, so that one I’ll make an exception for…you can buy them cookies.

But please forego the X-Ray iPhone cover, Caduceus tie and super creepy doctor trophy.

Along the same lines, I’d probably stay away from stethoscopes, speculums and pen lights.

If you feel so compelled as to buy your medical school graduate something, take advice from this more appropriate Yahoo article and go with a something useful – like a Hep B vaccinated house keeper to clean their house (which likely still has dirty anatomy scrubs and scalpels laying in the back of a closet somewhere) or money to put towards the outrageous debt they’ve become blissfully married to over the past four years.

Or a car, that’d be a nice gift, too.

But seriously, a Starbucks gift card is probably your best bet for winning over your future intern.