Monday, November 5, 2012
Medical Mondays - Reality Slap
Time to link up again! Head over to Your Doctor's Wife if you are on the hunt for more fabulous medical related blogs to read.
I'm still partially recovering from the reality slap of a meeting I had with my advisor for OBGyn the other day. I met with him to discuss what kind of candidate I am for applying to OBGyn residency, what I should do to make myself more competitive (especially because I'll be couples-matching), etc. Unfortunately, I have a lot of work to do. He said my scores and such are good, however, I am seriously lacking in the extra-curricular/research section of my application. Compared to my classmates (who over-commit and spread themselves wayyy too thin, in my opinion), I look like a slacker. Womp womp. I am just the type of person who is "all or nothing". If I commit to something, I go full-force, gung-ho. That's why I don't commit to just anything.
So, as much as I thought I would never do research in med school, here I am looking for a project. I have never done research before, so I have no idea where to even start with anything! I think I've been so hesitant to do any research because I know I'm going to need a lot of hand-holding. I definitely need to come up with something that really interests me, though. If I have learned anything about myself, it's that I am capable of really hard work, but only when I'm extremely motivated.
I also think my advisor is sorta pushing me beyond where I really need to be as a candidate, because I think he wants me to just get in wherever I decide I want to go, easily. And that's okay. I need to be pushed sometimes. We all saw what happened when my advisor pushed me farther than I thought I could go when studying for boards...