Can you believe that it’s already almost August? I sure can’t, considering that my first day of medical school is on August 2 of 2018. It will be orientation, and we are expected to come dressed in professional attire. I know what you’re thinking, and the answer is no: Rollerblades aren’t allowed.
Straight away after we finish up our full first day of medical school at Loma Linda, we will participate in the White Coat Ceremony. I’m excited to see the Dean of the medical school, Dr. Roger Hadley.
I didn’t know it, but we informally met at a wedding about a month ago. During the ceremony, a bridesmaid fainted. I saw it in slow-motion and thought, “Somebody should help her. Wait, I can help her!” I subsequently jumped out of my seat and ran to fetch water after I heard someone yell, “Water! Water!” What a good day to ditch the heels, am I right?
The moral of the story here is that you never know what will happen when you step outside of your comfort zone–so you should try it. I had RSVP’d for this wedding months in advance and therefore didn’t know that it would take place on the Sunday preceding the last of my college exams. If I had stayed at home and studied (my comfort zone), then I would have missed out on so many awesome memories, people, and opportunities. Plus, I did great on my finals, which means that you can still do well on your exams even if you take time to do other things.
Now I am in the process of completing the “Pre-Entrance Health Requirement” form, which indicates that I have satisfied all of my vaccination and titer requirements. Next week, I will get a TB test. (In order to volunteer at any hospital, you need to get a TB test done. You may also need to provide your immunization records. Some hospitals also require that you get a flu shot before volunteering in the winter, whereas others give you the option of wearing a face mask instead. Whatever the case may be, your hospital should give you clear instructions describing how to satisfy these requirements).
As you can probably tell, I’ve already got a lot on my plate. The list of requirements that must be satisfied before I’m even able to touch a patient is about two pages long, and I’m only about halfway through. Requesting transcripts; getting insured; locating medical records; trying on white coats, purchasing textbooks; applying for scholarships, grants, and loans; completing HIPAA modules… The list goes on and on.
But here’s the thing: I’m not worried because I know that God has got me covered. Sure, I’m scared of failing. I’m scared of doing poorly. It’s medical school, and it’s notoriously difficult! Nevertheless, these thoughts do not overwhelm me. I trust that God will never ever leave me helpless and alone (Deuteronomy 31:6). Derek J. Morris also talks about this in his wonderful book entitled The Radical Prayer when he writes, “If your plan is not big enough to scare you, then it’s not big enough for God.” So dream big. Love hard. Immerse yourself in God’s wisdom and glory so that you may be encouraged.