Its been almost a month since my last post; I think that’s the longest I’ve gone without an update since starting this blog. 😯 My life has been a balance between residency interviews and studying for USMLE Step 2 CK as of late. I fell ill two weeks ago and was unable to study for 4-5 days, so I pushed my exam back to November 4th. That’s one week away. And I’ll be missing the Houston Texans’ game too. 🙁
On the bright side, I’ve been fortunate to receive plenty of residency interviews and had my first one this past week. While the interview day was extremely informative and well structured, there was one segment which I especially appreciated. A faculty member had a talk on political action committees (PACs) and the amount of effort put forth by nurse anesthetists (CRNAs), psychologists, podiatrists, etc. to gain more autonomy in their respective professions. The topic of anesthesiologists being “threatened” by CRNAs often comes up, and I certainly have my opinions as a medical student, but it was nice to see such a well-respected faculty member’s rebuttal echo the mantra of many physicians: “If you want to be a doctor, go to medical school and residency.”
It amazes me how much political lobbying non-physician healthcare professional groups do to gain more independence. When it comes to the health of a human being, education trumps legislation. Every time. End of story. No bill should be allowed to bestow privileges to those who, for whatever reason, simply lack the training and experience. Arguments can be made that non-physician healthcare professionals deliver care that is equally efficacious and safe but at a lower price, but from my perspective, I’m erring on the side of patient safety and trusting the extensive training of becoming a licensed physician. Maybe pre-health undergraduate students need more clarification on exactly what their jobs duties entail in the future?
In other news, the Houston Texans are 6-1, and the Houston Rockets just acquired James Harden. Fear the beard!!! I’m looking forward to seeing what the young Rockets roster can do.
So now it’s crunch time. One week till my last exam of medical school. Then I have two more months off to interview and relax before starting my sub-internship in January. Woo! 🙂