White Coat Afterthoughts

Last night expanded my motivation to succeed. Somewhere between reading the *heavily modified* Hippocratic Oath and listening to the upperclassmen speeches, I was once again overcome with a sense of realization – I’m finally here. The same institution where medical legends like Dr. DeBakey once stood. The only medical school I ever wanted to go to. Seeing the “BCM” patch on my white coat, well, it just reminds me that my education has come full circle. The ambitious pursuits of a 5th grader have finally been realized. 🙂

After the ceremony, a few of us went out to RA Sushi on Westheimer for some late night grubbin’ (definitely check it out if you’ve never been there). The more I converse with my classmates, the more I begin to realize how incredibly lucky I am to be here at the present time. These people are brilliant. Motivated but humble, independent but enjoy collaboration, and overall, reflections of the same principles I have tried to instill in myself. I couldn’t have asked for more. On top of that, with Baylor’s new grading system, the possibility of merging with Rice, healthcare “reform” (whatever that means), and a whole plethora of other possibilities… it’s an exciting time to be at BCM.

Gazing across my bedroom, I see my white coat hanging on the doorknob. A few loose fibers helplessly cling to it as they were exposed after washing the coat this morning. Hmmm, kind of brings to mind a cheesy analogy – removing those “weak strands” from my coat is symbolic of me “washing away” my pathetic approach to school over the last two weeks. 😛 Together, we’ll be seeing a lot over the next four years. Here’s hoping we both stay in one piece. 🙂

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3 Comments
  1. HA M.D. says

    WOW, bravo my friend bravo.

    Just remember, now YOU are part of the same institution where greats such as Mikey S. Debakey and HA M.D. (neurosurgeon) practiced.

    Can’t believe you’re already a doctor, NICE!

  2. Stella says

    you only get one coat for all four years? OMG!!!

    Yeah…good luck on keeping it in one piece….

    Really though…Congratulations on getting there… -Stella

    1. Rishi says

      Thanks Stella! Heh, as far as I know, I think we only get one. I already have some random black stain on one of my pockets, so I’m well on my way to ruining this coat within… two months? 😀

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