Sunday, August 20, 2006

Meeting

It's always a thrill for me working with medical students. In the every day grind of dealing with insurance companies, lawyers, and those people working against docs, it's refreshing do a little bit of teaching once in a while. It helps keep me grounded, and hopefully not too cynical on medicine.

Every summer, there is this huge medical student meeting that I look forward to. I attended my first one over ten years ago when I myself was a student. Through the years, I've used it as kind of a yearly benchmark on where I was in my life both professionally and personally. This meeting has been on of the few constants in my life over the past decade.

This is where I was at the beginning of this month. And, I was looking forward to blogging from my hotel room to give the day-to-day updates, but, as we all know, that didn't happen. But, it was four days of a totally positive environment. People excited to talk about medicine, excited sharing their experiences why they chose medicine, and not embarrassed to do so. These four days definitely energize me for the next twelve months and make me look forward to next year!

There are workshops, lectures, and one of the biggest exhibit halls that I've ever seen. Every year, I cannot help but get sucked into one of the publisher booths and buy whatever the latest text book is to try to keep updated on things.

I did mention adult beverages before, didn't I? I have this group of friends that I actually met at this very meeting when I was a medical student. We have managed to keep in touch through the years. I'm just a lowly guy in private practice, but they have gone on to bigger and better things being an assistant professor at some university somewhere. Don't get me wrong, same person, but who knew that she would have this important title years later. The only time I get to see some of these people is at this annual meeting. There were a lot of late nights, and we all discovered that we're not a young as we used to be. I'll continue with this story a little later...

6 comments:

ladybug said...

welcome back, doc!
i understand whatcha mean... glad you are back on track. i think the main thing is - do whats best for you. if its skipping a few days, then let em pass... if its 3 blog entries in one day, type away :)

i enjoyed this first installment about the meeting!

ladybug

wolfbaby said...

Hey there... glad to see ya back:).. ladybug is right you gotta do what's best for you.. me.. i usually go a few days between post... and i find that sometimes i do more and sometims less. most of the bloggers taht have been her a long time average about 3 post a week give or take a few... though i have seen somet that still post everday wow.. good luck to you:)

Angela Ferreira said...

If you doing your best, you doing a great job Doctor!
Keep it up!

Moof said...

Okay ... so you've learned the "leave 'em hanging" trick ... I knew it had to happen sooner or later! ;o)

Whenever you're talking about old friends and alcoholic beverages, my ears pick up!

Waiting on part numero deux!

It's me, T.J. said...

It's really nice that you have kept a constant such as this meeting in your life.

Stability and reflecting on who we are, how we've grown, and where we are going is so important in our lives.


later...

Dr. A said...

The leave 'em hanging trick -- I think I learned it from you, Moofie.

I'm still working on my story telling ability. Definitely taking notes from all the great story telling blogs out there. Glad you liked part one. We'll see about part two...