So it seems this is the theme of my life these days as it relates to getting on a health disparities research project using bioinformatics tools. I'll have to somehow find a way, and that way will likely require a move. Or I'll have to chart a different path toward this goal. Unfortunately, moving right now is COMPLETELY out of the question for a number of reasons not the least of which is that I'm not gonna' make my kid start at a new high school for part of her junior year and all of her senior year. Outside of something urgent like a REQUIRED move, I'm just not gonna' do it. It's also likely that I'll have to move for med school so that could potentially be 2 moves in as many years. Again, not even a slight consideration at this point.
In the meantime my side tutoring gig is really taking off so it looks like for now, tutoring combined with teaching at a local university, is going to be my temporary career focus. And I'm actually kinda glad about it because I get to meet lots of different people and also reinforce my science knowledge. So much so, that I've made a BIG decision where this is concerned and I've decided to retake the MCAT late next summer. I'm absolutely sure that I will FINALLY crack that 30 score I've been reaching for for years given the subjects I regularly tutor. And I'm also a little concerned that for some schools, my last score may expire (I took it in 2011), so this way my bases are fully covered. Yeah, I know it's kinda crazy on one level, but I feel very good about this decision.
Speaking of decisions, I attended the national health disparities meeting on Monday and had to literally drag myself to go. While I strongly believe that social and behavioral factors contribute to health disparities, I was very disappointed at the amount of basic science information presented either in the form of posters or presentations. And for me, this means that a very big piece of the health disparities puzzle is missing. A BIG ASS PIECE!!! Anyway, this combined with my inability to find a local health disparities fellowship project has me very discouraged. That said, if I were IN medical school or IN a PhD program, I'd have a TON of metro DC options. So......................
I signed up to be a volunteer at a local health department serving an underserved population and I can't wait to begin in January!!! I realized more then ever that I NEED to be around more people people, while using my background in the medical sciences and since I don't have the opportunity to do it on a research project, I'll find another way that probably better suits my personality anyway! I'm hoping to work in a clinic with other health professionals as I did many years before, but I'm also open to working in epidemiology too. Ironically, the woman that recruits volunteers asked me if I were interested in a full-time position and I'll look into that too. But for now, I'll be happy to volunteer in this underserved area while earning a living as a tutor and Adjunct Professor!!!
Bottom line, I WILL find a way to get my "health disparities" on and poppin!