Friday, January 18, 2008

RMED interview part II.......

High Alternate.

Got the call a little while ago and I was placed on the alternate list but I was told I was high up on the alternate list. I guess I thought wrong about the admission/rejection process! At any rate the program director was very nice and indicated that based on previous years, my odds of acceptance are very good. He said he did have to make some rejection calls - what a hard job to do.

So, I may hear back next week, next month, or May, when the huge waitlist movement happens. I'm trying to stay positive and I realize a high alternate ranking is not so bad, but it's still a bit of a blow to my ego ;).

I'm also hoping for a full SIU acceptance when their adcom meets next (sometime in the next few weeks) and I know I still have my spot at CCOM, another great school. I think the hardest part about applying to medical school are all the hoops you have to jump through, and all the waiting you have to do. Ugh. But, as my mother just told me, it will all work out in the end!

RMED interview part I..........

So, I finally had my interview for the Rural Med (RMED) medical school program through the University of Illinois School of Medicine yesterday.

U of I has one of, if not the biggest medical schools in the country, and is split between 4 campuses: Champaign/Urbana, Chicago, Peoria, and Rockford. The Rockford campus houses the RMED program and it's a rather new (1990's-era) initiative to train physicians to return to primary care positions in rural and underserved areas of Illinois. There are 15-20 students in the RMED program and about 50 total that attend the Rockford campus for classes. The first year is in C/U and the last 3 in Rockford.

Anyway, back to the interview! I arrived at the Rockford campus (which is actually quite small - one large building I believe) and the program director was waiting in the lobby to meet me. Several M-2 students and one M-4 were available to answer questions and give tours. My interview time was 9:30a to 10a. It is a panel interview in front of about 15 physicians from different rural communities all over Illinois. Even though I knew about the panel beforehand, it was still a little intimidating to walk in and have all eyes on me! Plus, I blush at the drop of a hat, and wore a bit of an open-collar dress shirt, so I was red for about the first 15 minutes of the interview, regardless of the hardness/easiness of the question! The questions were really more about my life and experiences and them asking questions to get a feel for how well I would fit into their program. I only had a couple of pseudo-academic questions: How would you relieve stress in this rigorous academic situation, and how did you prepare for the rigors of a medical school program? Everything else centered around my current career, my experiences growing up in a rural community, and my experiences with parents as a physician and CRNA practicing in a rural community. I answered everything as honestly as I could rather than tell them what they want to hear, although much of what I said jives with what they were looking for, I think.

The only thing I can think back on that I wish I handled differently was when they asked about specialty interests. One asked since I was so interested in Neuro in my PhD program, would I be drawn to that field rather than primary care? My response was that I've had the opportunity to shadow a lot of different specialties since starting the application process, and I really enjoy medicine in a lot of different areas. I'm interested by Surgery, by FP, by anesthesia, by psych, and so on. I also went on to explain that I have faith in the 3rd and 4th years of medical school to help whittle down my interests, and that more than anything, I want to provide services in a rural area. I mentioned that my speech therapy practice now is rural, and I really enjoy the interaction with the people I see and continuity in their care. Hopefully I didn't put my foot in my mouth too much answering that question. But you can see what I mean by answering honestly rather than saying "Oh FP is for me, no doubt!"

After the interview was over, I had the chance to talk with a few other interviewees and then I was free to go around 11:30. It snowed like crazy so it took a while to get home. Typical travel time to Rockford is about 1:15 but that day it was more like 1:45 because of the snow, and for some reason I ended up taking the long way to the school.

Anyway, the committee ends their interviews today and will meet this afternoon to discuss who's in and who's out. There is no quota and they could theoretically take all the interviewees or none. Once you've been invited for interview, it's just a matter of the committee feeling you are a fit with the program or not. Once they decide, the program director will let us know THIS EVENING!!!!!!!!! It's a fast process!!!!!!!!!!!!

So.... there will be an update to the RMED interview in the form of part II later tonight! Here's hoping for the best, but in the event I don't make it, at least I made it to the interview process, which was a few people out of hundreds of applicants and a great experience overall.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Filling...

Went to the dentist today and had a filling replaced. Ouch. I am one of those weird people who metabolize pain medication quickly and the dentist had to keep injecting me with novocaine (or similar) during the drilling because my root was extremely sensitive. Had it done around 2:15 today and all the numbness was gone by 6pm. Crazy.

Nothing much going on around here lately. SIU is playing tonight, but it ups my blood pressure so much that I refuse to watch/listen until their shooting percentage improves. They won the last game, but prior to that at ISU (Bloomington/Normal), they went 10 MINUTES in the first half only scoring 3 points. Absolutely ridiculous. Anyway, I still support my Dawgs, but it's better for my health and the TV if I just wait for the line score and keep up with the SalukiTalk BB.

I have my RMED interview this coming week on Thursday - getting excited for that! I'm really leaning toward SIU, but being on the AWPA list is not a guarantee until the adcom meets again to dole out the "official" acceptances. The AWPA is the "unofficial" acceptance. So, I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket. I am still holding my CCOM acceptance as well just in case. Those 3 are my top choices and have been all along, so we'll see how it pans out. I would love to be a Saluki again, but it's up to the admissions committee! And who knows, I may fall in love with the RMED program.

That's all for now. Been blogging on my fitness blog lately.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Today is Elvis' birthday and my mom's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My mom is 39 again. And getting some goodies from N'awlins!

Even better - I'm on the last leg of whatever virus I had. Still have icky stuff in my sinuses but feeling better. Sleeping like a log, too!

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!!!!!!!

It's gonna be great in 2008!!!!!!

Well, as long as we can keep Obama and Hillary out of office.

Anyway, for your viewing pleasure.........