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Not to toot my own horn, but I've been accepted to medical school for next August. :)

Anywho, I'd like to make a regular feature out of my experience as a student, at least to the extent that any of it relates to politics. More to come on that later.

For now, a quick anecdote about Occupy NOLA and a nearby homeless clinic that I volunteer at.

Had two patients from Occupy today. Both homeless. One of them chronically so; he's a regular patient who's been sleeping out there, but I didn't find this out until the end of the visit when he mentioned the Park out by the Library.

Me: You mean the Occupy camp, right?

Him: Yeah, but I don't agree with them.

Me: .....why not?

Him: Well, I don't really know what they're trying to do, and they're just a bunch of homeless people and alcoholics!

Me: *triple facepalm*

Suddenly I recall my Sociology professor's odd-sounding insistence that inequality is supported by those at the top and the bottom.

God bless America.

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Submitted by CMike on

As to your series, I'd be interested in; the demographic profile of your class, what's involved with managing the finances of getting a medical degree for you and several other students whose circumstances differ from yours, a sense of why you and each of several of your class fellows are pursuing medical degrees, and what would have been an alternative career path for each of you.

[In matters gloomy, I've been told that first year general anatomy is pretty brutal -- a seemingly endless exercise in the memorization of the nomenclature, as tough, in its own way to wade through, as what Scott Turow described about first year law in One L which you might want to flip through, if you can find a copy, to see a related template for your upcoming chronicles.]

Submitted by JuliaWilliams on

And don't forget to join PNHP :-) (students get a discounted rate)

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Submitted by twig on

It'll be like having an in-house doctor ;-) Congratulations!!

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." -- Albert Einstein

Submitted by jcasey on

It's a wonderful thing you're doing with the volunteer work.

Racism = prejudice + power. It is both institutional and an internalized system resulting from many things that were done in the past. It can be undone. -- The People's Institute of Survival and Beyond

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Submitted by DCblogger on

being accepted to Med school is no small achievement.

looking forward to the series, and don't forget to join PNHP!

Submitted by hipparchia on

i look forward to reading about your adventures, your thoughts, whatever else you write about.

Submitted by Fran on

It's great to have you here. I liked your little vignette above.

And, yes, Congratulations!