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6/3/09 1:27 A

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Jasmine,so nice to meet you...........wishing you success with your goals...........blessings and hugs..........lita

There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results.
When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And
maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world
Breathe in love & compassion.. Breathe out peace & forgiveness.
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6/2/09 10:31 P

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Barge away! :-)

Welcome to our SparkTeam! It's great to see you jumping right in to put your concerns right out there! That's how to get the most from any SparkTeam.

As I'm a clinical psychiatric social worker, I'm afraid I can't contribute much to your question, but I'm sure others will offer their 2 cents!


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6/2/09 4:40 P

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a lot of it is figuring out what you really want to do and why you want to do it. I would suggest seeing if there are any doctors who will let you job shadow and talk with you locally, other options would be starting with something like taking EMT classes to see if you really like medical things. Are you a people person? do you like to deal with people (on good days AND bad days....because you will be seeing them most often on THEIR bad days)and do you like to help them? Can you deal with situations that have WELL more than one possible answer, some of which you might not guess initially? Unlike engineering, your patients don't come with blue prints, and their bodies don't always have simple, clearcut physiology. There are dozens of other things to think about also.....and feel free to visit more with me......I have worked clinics for family practice, hospital work and am currently an ER doc in a small town, so that is where my background is. Good luck with your decision!!!

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6/2/09 4:08 P

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Sorry to barge in on your team like this- I'm an Engineer right now!
But I am thinking about applying to medical school. I applied last year, but was too late (much better odds if you get applications in before the due date, don't you think?) This year I have the ability to start early.
Since then I looked into another career- becoming a nuclear power officer. Without going into too much detail, it's really cool, and I want to do it.
My question for anyone who might be able to help is: How do I know if medical school is right for me? I love school, so those 4 years themselves will probably be fun for me. I'm not squeamish in most cases, and I like working hard and being busy. Descriptions of internships and residencies are disheartening though- but I plan on going through as a Navy or Air Force doctor, which takes away things like malpractice and debt concerns.
I'd appreciate any advice you can give! And good luck to everyone with their fitness goals!

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