My apologies for the long delay after my last post: I’ve been sitting on lots of ideas to blog about and just haven’t had the time to write because interview season has been such a whirlwind! I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of really cool people. One of the best things about interview season is the opportunity to see how different hospitals do things within your specialty. One thing this has impressed upon me is how incredibly privileged we are as students at Michigan to be such a huge regional referral center; even as students, we literally get to see EVERYTHING. It’s been really interesting traveling to different cities and understanding how different hospital systems co-exist within the same city and have to learn to share resources and communicate to help patients navigate all the different systems.
In other exciting news, 4th year is an excellent time to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time to actually follow up on. I’ve been lucky enough to schedule my interviews so that I can meet and visit with a lot of old friends from college (who are kind enough to put me up for a few nights and save me from really expensive hotels). It’s been wonderful to really spend time and catch up with people I haven’t seen in a long time. I’m about to spend the next few weeks on the east coast in some of my favorite cities, visiting my old haunts and stomping grounds which is also really nice.
Finally, I had an interesting revelation as I worked on a research project this week. I spent nearly a week trying to wrap my head around a difficult statistical problem. As I dug up my old stats notes from last year and still didn’t make any headway, I slowly realized that perhaps our original question didn’t quite make sense. An important statistical lesson for anybody planning a career in research/academic medicine; when trying to plan statistical analysis, ask yourself; what exactly am I trying to calculate, why do I need to calculate it, and what variables need to be known in order to make that calculation. Simple, but very important!
I’ll have an upcoming guest post regarding my summer rotation in Haiti, as promised, soon!
More in the next few weeks!