Archives for May 27, 2006

Physicians and Rejection

from: Notes on a Physician’s Life

When it comes to unanticipated rejection, where our application has been with expectation, the wind goes completely out of our sails and we struggle to persist.

Accustomed to sequential success, physicians are not optimally equipped for the rejections, false starts or dead ends that are part and parcel of life for most of humanity. Practicing medicine today has its woes but we are to an overwhelming degree in demand, valued, respected and well compensated especially in comparison with individuals in most other occupational fields.

It’s been a while since Dr. Drury was seen here (then as a sponsor), but this is good insight. 

Bloodletting, MD

Today one of the more interesting medical bloggers graduates from medical school in Houston. He blogs as Doc Russia, he’s an enthusiastic blogger and he’s going into Emergency Medicine.

We have a sorta-bond beyond those similarities: he was a Marine grunt who served his country well, then decided to go to school. He’s done well.

(Amusingly, we were first introduced by email: his home computer was fortunately named his last name, which name is more than a little unusual, and I was getting roughly 50 virus-laden emails with spoofed medblogger addresses from a account per day. Completely shooting in the dark I did a google for EM and his last name, and guess who’s the president of the Houston Med Student interest section? A polite email was sent, and 12 hours later the onslaught stopped. He emailed a few days later and took responsibility: someone had clicked on the "Anna" screensaver, and that was that: zombie box.)

We’ve been emailing, keep intending to get together someday, and no doubt we will.

Congratulations to you, Doc Russia! I’m sure your future EM colleagues will appreciate your background, and your personality.  And please keep blogging!