Sunday, December 8, 2013

Fertilize your own damn grass!!

One of the things I'm guilty of career wise is not knowing when I should stick with what I have and not be tempted by something else that appears to be what I want. Some of this I attribute to having ADD as an adult, and some of it it just illogical thinking on my part.

So after doing a little more research into prospective PhD programs at my school, I'm right back to where I started in Biomedical/Health Informatics. AGAIN! URGH!!!

But this time the reason is made after VERY thorough thought to what I'd be losing by changing to another department and quite frankly, the job market. Sure, my heart ain't in Biomedical Informatics the way it's in Cancer Computational Biology/Cancer Biology, so I'm going to find a way, through my elective requirements, to MAKE IT MINE!!! Just like EVERYTHING else in life, NOTHING is 100% the way we'd like it to be. The people in my department are smart, kind to me, and open to EVERY educational dream I have, so how much sense would it make for me to leave such a supportive environment for one I know very little about? It's not only illogical, it's just a stupid idea.

So, my class schedule for next Spring is Health Informatics and a second semester Bioinformatics course. And in the meantime, I'm going to research Faculty in my department that can help me design my program such that my "heart" won't get left by the wayside.......while also attending seminars in Cancer Biology. ;)


  1. Congrats and I enjoy your blog! I'm fairly new to your blog, so I'm sure you've answered this already: What is keeping you from applying to med school right now? Pre-reqs? MCAT?
    Thanks and all the best!

  2. Thanks for reading and for your question! The primary reason I waited was because I didn't want ANYTHING to interfere with my ability to be there for my kid. And given how stressful this year, her Senior year has been for her, I have NO doubt that I made the right decision.

    Of course I'm familiar with the stories of women who managed familes and med school just fine, and I think that's great. But given my familial needs and obligations, a few major surgeries, and a couple jobs from pure hell, I've know for a while that it would be best for me to wait until after she finished high school. And I'm so glad I did, I'll have NO doubt or guilt about how I raised her and that was what was most important to me. If she were MUCH younger, it would have been a different story, but I wasn't "ready" when she was younger. And my faith that things happen in God's time sustains me from having any significant concern about my decision to wait.

  3. Sounds like a plan..... I think I may as well suffer from adult ADD...... or ADHD since they keep changing the name....