Reflections on Family and Medical School

There are less than 3 weeks to go until the start of medical school! The countdown is on and we are so excited as a family. I have been spending as much time as possible with the kids before school starts and I am treasuring the simple yet special moments I have with them, like a visit to the zoo, the beach or making chocolate chip cookies together. Or simply having them envelop me in a hug and say, “Mummy, we love you…and we’ll always love you.”

I am so grateful to have had almost 3 uninterrupted years at home with my two children. It has been a gift and a refreshing break from my research work in the pharmaceutical industry. When my husband and I revisited the idea of me going back to school to pursue medicine, I had pangs of guilt about being away from the children. I wondered if they would understand why mummy is away for such long hours at school or the hospital. I know the guilt is something I may struggle with throughout my training and career. But I also know that the kids are very much loved and my husband and I have a game plan to maximize quality time with them. I hope that we can be a good example for them.

To my beautiful children, I have witnessed your first steps, your first words, your first falls, your first tears and your first laughs (and yes, changing more diapers than I ever thought were possible!). You have shown me a new side of myself and given me the gift of allowing me to nurture you.

Although the next few months will be a transition phase, I feel at peace that we are heading in the right direction as a family. Today, I was excited by the simple act of buying stationery for both myself starting medical school and my son starting kindergarten (my husband laughed at me enthusiastically showing him my stash from the dollar store: highlighters, stickies, pens, to name a few!).

I am also happy to announce that my very independent daughter decided to potty train herself in the month of June. I had been really hoping to get it done before the start of med school and was aiming to start potty training in July. She beat us to it telling us proudly, “I don’t want diapers any more mummy, I’m a big girl!”…….Well alright then! You go girl!

My husband and I have also been having some interesting discussions about what medical specialty to go into. I have been talking to several doctors in different fields and reading up as much as I can. So far, my interests are quite diverse: family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, surgery and pathology. I am going to remain open-minded throughout my learning and enjoy the process. I know there will be many challenges ahead but I am absolutely thrilled to be finally doing this after so many years of planning!

Thank you for staying with me on this journey! I am excited to share it with you!

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Her first visit to the Ecomuseum
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Relaxing on the beach
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Brother-sister love!
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Getting ready to bake some delicious  cookies!

 

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20 thoughts on “Reflections on Family and Medical School

    1. Thanks so much! That’s so nice of you. I also visited your blog and look forward to following your posts. I will be going to McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Thanks again and all the best! 🙂

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  1. Cute kiddies, beautiful smiles.

    You are good with children and you love family. I hope I am right with those! If yes, family medicine or obstetrics/gynecology will not be a bad option. Don’t listen to me though; follow your heart. And let God guide you.

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    1. Thank you Victor! It’s nice to hear from you. I hope all is well! Yes, Family Medicine and OBGYN are my top choices. We shall see! Yes, definitely need God’s guidance for making this very important decision! Thanks again and have a beautiful day! 🙂

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  2. Aww your children are so beautiful! Congratulations on this exciting transitional time! I remember my mother stayed home for 3 years with me before going into the workplace. I always admired her as a career woman and never felt she was not there for us. I have no doubt your children will know you are there and grow up admiring your career choices as well!

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