Sunday, January 29, 2012
The bridge between pathology and technology
People that know me, know me to be a little on the stingy side and I've realized that occasionally, I pay the price literally for being that way, ie Sony Viao versus the MacBook (yes, I'm STILL trying to get over it).
So I was pretty excited to realize 2 minutes after taking it out of the box, that this would NOT be the case with my new iPad, or should I say "our" iPad since I have as many images of the group Mindless Behavior on it as path images, thanks to my teenaged daughter. And while it won't replace my love for my Laptop (even though it IS a Viao), I really do LOVE it too and find the images to be VERY high quality (the image above is taken from my iPad). That's kinda cool, right? And the images are as sharp as those I'd see looking under a microscope, so my "dream" of reading slides from the beaches of South Beach Florida could one day come true, LOL!!!
Otherwise, I don't have anything new in my life to talk about as it relates to me, but I'm pretty happy that my 10th daughter is starting to get letters of interest from Universities across the US, I'm assuming based on her PSAT scores/high school grades. And while I think there's room from improvement and obvious remnant from having finally beat the MCAT down, it's a blessing to realize that if she keeps up the good work, student loans won't need to be a part of her financial aid package.
Speaking of that, I’ve pretty much decided to apply to med school in the summer of 2013 or next summer since that will mean I’d start AFTER my kid finishes high school. Sure I know there are mothers that manage to balance the two, but I’ve made the very conscious decision NOT to for HER. IMHO, when you’re in med school you simply can NOT be there for your kid the way you could if you weren’t, and I’m choosing to be there, 100%, for my kid. Plus when you’re 45, one year just doesn’t make that much difference but for a kid in high school, it could make all the difference in the world!
So what will I do in the meantime? Ideally, I’d like to make some progress toward my PhD and what would really be cool is if I could start med school needing only to finish a dissertation project (or be a MD1/PhD3 student). That’s means that my coursework and cumulative exams would ALL be completed AND passed, leaving me to research, write, and defend my dissertation. That of course, is going to take some special finesse because that’s not traditionally how it’s done to which I respond that not much in my academic life has followed a “traditional” path anyway. So it’s just a matter of me lining up support for something like this, beyond my old advisor for my MS Pharmacology program.
And that’s what I’ll focus on over the next 3-4 months, lining up that support!!