I recently returned from a wonderful pediatric conference at Johns Hopkins. In addition to experiencing the joy of learning about new research findings, I also experienced the not-so-joyful “what ifs.”
You see, when I was a young pup, Johns Hopkins was my dream medical school. But as anyone who’s put him or herself through college knows, when the bucks aren’t there, neither are you.
Don’t get me wrong, my in-state school was great, and our clinical training was top-notch. Thanks to a low number of residents with whom to compete, we medical students got the opportunity to first-assist on surgeries, deliver babies, and work one-on-one with attendings.
But at the same time, primary care was pedaled like cough syrup. As such, I never realized my love of research until only a short time ago.
Which is what led to my case of “what if.”
But hey, at least I bought a mug…
Enough about me. Is there something you wanted to pursue but couldn’t? Or for those who don’t want to think too hard (it’s Monday, after all), what was the last mug you bought?
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