It’s funny, the things we do to avoid certain people. You know what I mean. You’re walking through the supermarket and, spotting someone you’d rather not talk to, you jump into the nearest aisle and pretend to be interested in the displayed products even though you’re really looking out of the corner of your eye to make sure that person doesn’t walk by and notice you. And then you feel eyes on you because you’re the only guy in an aisle filled with feminine products. You look up and realize that while trying to fake interest in the products in front of you, you have been “staring” at a large selection of pads and tampons.

Or maybe, standing around at an event you see someone you want to avoid. Thinking yourself the stealthy type you gracefully glide through the crowd towards the door and mentally pat yourself on the back for an evasion James Bond would be proud of. That is, of course, right before you throw your weight into pushing open a firmly looked door. Why is it that people seem to never have both doors unlocked at the same time? They’re double doors for a reason, but maybe the reason is to make unsuspecting people look utterly foolish.

I am not saying any of the above situations have ever happened to me. But there are times when I just don’t feel like being friendly and outgoing.

Are physicians required to “put on a happy face” at all times? Do they have to be ever-joyful, always-friendly, bubbly people?

I sure hope not. Cause I sure don’t feel this way… In fact, most of the time I feel pretty drained, tired, sleep-deprived, and stressed out.


Can’t Focus…

I really need to get focused.

I was sitting at my desk at 10:45 and just couldn’t concentrate. The bad thing is that I should be more focused now with exams coming up next week. I decided to call home and say hello. I talked to my dad for about 20 minutes. He suggested I go walk around. So while I talked to him I walked around the block.

Now I’m back. And I feel the same. I don’t feel more awake than before. Nor do I feel more inclined to studying. But oh well. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. Unfortunately, in my case, it isn’t just sometimes — it’s all the time. And that can be draining…

Do you have any tips for how to get refocused when you just don’t feel like studying? I’ll take all the help I can get!

Anyways, for now, back to the books…


Loma Linda University: Perspectives from non-Adventists

Related Post: What is Loma Linda University Really Like?

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now. Occasionally I get a question like this: I’m not Adventist, but I am a Christian. Should I apply to Loma Linda University?

In a previous post (What is Loma Linda University really like?) I wrote that I have not heard any complaints. Although I did write that I had never asked any of my classmates directly. Well last week I got the chance to ask two classmates who are not Seventh-Day Adventists how they felt about Loma Linda University. The gist of what they said is that while they might not believe everything Adventists believe, they are happy with their decision to attend a Christian medical school like Loma Linda.

I also found a blog entry by another classmate. He is Episcopalian and he writes about his thoughts on Loma Linda University at his blog Northwest Anglican. The post is titled Surviving Medical School with Faith Intact.

This article is from Spectrum Magazine and references the article above: Thoughts from an Episcopalian at Loma Linda University | Spectrum.

A quote from the post:

Another conversation I’ve had with some of my classmates is a “what if” conversation considering whether we would have gone to some of the more prestigious schools we applied to had we been accepted. And there was a time when I would have said, “yes,” that if I had gotten into Harvard or Mayo Clinic that I would have gone there. But looking back on this year and considering things with the eternal perspective of the importance of my soul, I would have to say, “no.” Think what you will about Seventh-day Adventist theology, but I have to say that they have founded and nourished an institution where a Christian can become a doctor and where they can be affirmed and encouraged in their faith in Jesus Christ. For this I am very thankful to my Adventist brothers and sisters.

Hopefully this will help those trying to decide which medical schools to apply to.