Like the great Odysseus, I too have embarked upon a ten year journey. After much thought, I made the decision to leave a lucrative career as a physicist in the aerospace industry and become a physician. If all goes according to plan, I’ll matriculate to medical school in the Fall of 2013, which adds another 4 years. Residency will be at least three more on top of that. Sum them all up and you can see that I have about the same amount of time in front of me as Odysseus did when he set out for Ithaca.
I’m taking a page out of another bloggers playbook and posting 7 random things about me which might help my readers understand me some. Of course, since I also value my anonymity, I try not to give away any details which could potentially be used to identify me:
- If I’m accepted, I’ll be 35 when I start medical school and a few months shy of my 40th birthday when I finish.
- Studied physics and mathematics at a large western university in the United States.
- Worked for several years as a saucier in a high-end Italian restaurant and have spent significant time in other types of restaurants. I’ve also worked four seasons as a bicycle mechanic.
- Currently working for a large aerospace contractor studying the effects of high energy particles and cosmic radiation on microelectronics.
- Academic interests include European literature, economics, history, and linguistics – one of my lifetime goals is to be able to sightread koine Greek.
- Non-academic interests include cycling, hiking, swimming, and cooking.
- I bought a CAT license last year and am hoping to do some road and cyclocross racing next season. I’d like to get some racing under my belt before medical school consumes me for the better part of a decade.
Also, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter as MD_Odyssey.