The class of 2014 will conclude their medical school journey on May 12. As they continue onto their residencies and begin another phase of their lives, we asked students to share their thoughts on this experience.
Commencement profile: Collin Barber
1. What is your specialty and why did you choose it?
Orthopedic surgery - because whenever I tell people what I do for a living, I want them to wonder if an orthopedic doctor specialize in kids or feet (pediatrics or podiatry).
2. Why did you decide to go into medicine?
I went in to medicine to meet cute nurses and make a ton of money. So far it's going great: I am happily married to a cute nurse and owe hundreds if not thousands of dollars.
3. What will you miss most about medical school?
The thing I will miss most about medical school is not really being responsible for any direct patient care.
4. What advice would you give to students who are considering medical school?
When the time for performance has come, the time for preparation has passed. What this means is start going to the gym now. You never know when you will find yourself twisted and contorted, standing backwards to hold a surgical retractor for 30 minutes and it is really embarrassing (and obvious to everyone else) when your arm starts shaking. Yoga might be helpful too.
5. What is one thing/activity/person that helped keep you sane?
The thing that kept me sane was watching the entire series of scrubs and being happy that I was not the main character, JD, and actually had good attendings, am already married, and am going into surgery. Also I don't suck at basketball.
6. Give me a surprising or fun fact that no one would ever guess about you.
While I was away doing "orthopedic surgery away rotations" I was really auditioning to be on the Food Network’s competition show "Guy's Grocery Games" just as a backup profession in case I didn't match into orthopedic surgery.
7. What is (one of) the most important things medical school has taught you?
One of the most important things I have learned is to put others’ needs before my own - specifically the resident and attending physicians who are filling out my end of rotation evaluations.