Fit Louisville

2013

Greater Louisville Health Guide is a directory and resource guide to health providers and services in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes listings of area doctors and dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency care.

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Best day? Tomorrow. The days keep getting progressively better. Even though each new day is teeming with new stressors and additions to an already overwhelming workload, I get to go home with the thought that I know substantially more than I did the day before. Every day I get to look forward to a new set of knowledge and skills that will make me a better doctor. How did you do with your Àrst cadaver? The weekend before gross anatomy started, I was very anxious about having to systematically explore a human body that had been alive just weeks or months prior. I knew my thoughts would be clouded with all sorts of questions about who this person was. It took a lot of mental preparation, but I felt pretty comfortable with my mrst cadaver.  It was easy to become acclimated initially because the cadaver's face, hands and feet were covered to preserve them for later dissections. Not immediately seeing the hands or face helped to dehumanize the cadaver enough to make the mrst few dissections less intimidating. I have to say that I was very nervous about how "unmasking" our cadaver would affect me, as I had very little previous experience with dead bodies. Surprisingly, seeing my cadaver's face for the mrst time was not as shocking as seeing the hands and feet. I did not think the hands and feet would be as startling, but there was something about the hands in particular that made the cadaver's humanity much more blatant in my mind. Is the Affordable Care Act good or bad for doctors? I don't think I can give you a good answer from my current perspective as a medical student. I have had limited interactions with physicians during my mrst two years of medical school, so my interpretations on practicing physicians' views of the Affordable Care Act are limited by my lack of experience.  Dr. Brad Sutton came and spoke at our school recently about healthcare reform and I really liked what he had to say on the subject. I'll paraphrase: Everyone agrees that a change needed to be made in the system; whether the Affordable Care Act is the change needed is not clear yet. It is difmcult to judge considering it is so new and still has not entirely taken effect.  Cullen Clark Second-year medical student Do you have a specialty yet? Not yet; I'm only a second-year medical student right now. I have my interests — emergency medicine and pediatrics — but I am not obligated to decide upon a specialty until I begin applying for residencies.  What was your worst day/grossest moment? Honestly, I can't pinpoint a worst day. Some days are more stressful than others. Some days I feel like a complete imbecile, some days I feel like I'll never mt all of this information in my head, and some days I even wonder if I'm going to make it to the end. Those types of days were frequent in the beginning of med school, but they are sparse nowadays. The grossest moment for me was the day we had to use a bone saw on our cadavers. The saws would get hot and the blades would actually singe the surrounding tissue. While we had already been through dozens of dissections by that point, the smell of the burning tissue was off-putting, to say the least. 12 GREATER LOUISVILLE HEALTH GUIDE 2013-14 Did med school make you a hypochondriac? Partially. Every day I learn about how terrifyingly vulnerable, yet astoundingly resilient, the human body is. My current curriculum as a second-year med student focuses on all that can go wrong inside our bodies, making it easy to be horrimed by the myriad of pathogens in our environment.  Through my studies I have discovered a new appreciation and conmdence in the inner workings of our bodies that allow us to wade through these seemingly insurmountable waves of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, etc. on a daily basis without incidence.  Who or what made you want to become a doctor? The stereotypical medical-school application answer is, "because I want to help people." While I am sincere in saying that, I do have a more self-serving motive. I knew that I wanted to be a doctor since high school. Shortly into my college career I came to the realization that I loved learning. It was a way I could better myself while simultaneously provide a benemt to society. I wanted to do something where I could help people, be constantly learning, and educate others as well. I have too much of an instant-gratimcation addiction to pursue teaching, and I felt compelled to do something with the mass of science knowledge and experience I had already acquired, so I focused on becoming a physician. When did you know you wanted to become a doctor? Going into high school I had my heart set on becoming a physician. I became a little dissuaded in college after I was on the chaff end of "weeding-out" classes. But I persisted, and after graduating with a degree in art history, I set my sights again on medical school and enrolled as a post-baccalaureate to mnish the pre-required courses for applying.

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