Medical School Starts Tomorrow!

It is hard to believe that after 10 years of planning, with plenty of detours and surprises, I am finally starting medical school tomorrow! When I look back on the past few years, there were several moments when I wondered why there had been a delay or why things did not go as planned. In hindsight, I realize that everything had a purpose and that this is exactly the right time to be doing this, even if it took much longer than expected to get here!

I am so grateful for the support I have received from my amazing husband, church, friends and family. If youย have a goal in life that seems somewhat overwhelming or even nearly impossible, gather the right people around you to encourage you, lift you up and mentor you. This has been invaluable to me for getting through obstacles and disappointments.

Last Friday, my husband and I spent a day together (normally, we’re surrounded by our rambunctious kids!) We drove downtown and strolled around hand-in-hand reminiscing on our early dating days. It was so special to walk on campus where I completed my first degree eleven years go, knowing that in just a few days I would begin another one at the very same university.

My husband and I wanderedย into the medical building where most of my classes will be. We eventually found ourselves in the Osler library, home to thousands of books on the history of medicine personally owned by the Canadian physician Sir William Osler, the father of modern medicine.ย There was something so profound about being in touch with this important piece of history just prior to the start of my own journey into medicine.

As I start a new phase of my life tomorrow, I hope you will continue to follow me on this adventure. My husband and children are very excited and although I know it will be demanding, I am so thrilled to have my ‘team’ behind me for support!

Onward to medical school!

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On campus with my husband
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Last weekend before medical school starts! A fun ferry ride on the way to the beach at Oka park
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Last day before medical school starts: a day at the water-slides in Pointe Calumet

Photo credit for featured image: Karen Coshof (from the book ‘The Osler Library’)

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33 thoughts on “Medical School Starts Tomorrow!

  1. Aww this is so beautiful and I am very happy for you Malaika! God’s time is the best. It took longer but He placed everything in the right place to build your support system for this challenging career. Such an amazing story! Looking forward to reading about your new experiences. God bless you and the road ahead. Have a fantastic first day of school!

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      1. No, I don’t mind at all. I became pregnant and when I started REALLY looking at what happens, connections, and those moments that make a difference, I realized that as a physician there were times and beepers and quotients, and guidelines that had to be followed. I looked, and by that I mean detached myself and observed, I realized that the nurse was the first in. The nurse assessed and advised the physician what appeared to be happening, and depending on experience level, could call what was wrong, what tests or medications were needed, as well as spend that time that patients need to feel “while” again. I guess in reality I realized that I wanted that time. I wanted to make a difference that mattered and that a patient would remember. I am an Emergency and Trauma as well as Flight RN, so I knew I didn’t want to know my patients for days, however for the time I had them, I wanted them to feel heard and important. That in NO WAY detracts from the importance that the physician plays, and it is always a team effort. For me, I know I have the knowledge to help them, I get to see how things go, and see subtle changes that I know make a difference in life and death. Unfortunately, in an insurance driven society, the MD just doesn’t get that time. This is a HUGE problem in healthcare. Be kind to your nurses, most of them can tell you what the patient needs and save you tons of time. Be kind to your nurses, because they make the patients think you are walking on water out there when things are busy and as an MD you just CAN’T get to that patient right then. Be kind to your nurses because most of them have so much experience and intelligence that they can share with you. I sometimes regret it, but I NEVER regret the time I get. Time is something you never get back. The first time I received a letter at the hospital from a patient I didn’t even remember, or was called to come to the front only to watch a patient that was a triple amputee that I never thought would love WALK through the door and hug me, I knew I made the right choice. I will be following along your journey. Live vicariously again. I am excited to watch you embark on a journey that will change your life. THAT is what makes it worth it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. Wow! That’s amazing! Thanks so much for sharing your story. It’s so inspirational and I will definitely keep what said about nurses in mind. For sure, I was so impressed by their dedication and compassion when I gave birth to my children at the hospital. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I am new to blogging, and just came upon your blog. As a pre-med in between undergrad and the next step of med school your blog is exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. You’re real life! I’ve found so many things helpful in reading through your posts. Thanks for sharing for other “potential doctors” life myself. Best of luck in med school!

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  3. Good luck ! I am also a medical student and new to a blogging world !
    Thanks for sharing your experiences in this amazing journey of medical school and wish you all the best in it !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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