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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:So today I got my final grade sheet filled out. At this point, I have officially fulfilled all of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Michigan Medical School. My registrar handed me a copy of the Hippocratic Oath and we read it aloud together. While I technically still need to graduate, which will happen on Friday, 3 June, I am, for all intents and purposes, a doctor. I'm still coming in to clinic tomorrow morning, though.



It's a rather curious sensation, I have to say. I've wanted this for more than ten years. Every action, move, and decision of mine was always backgrounded by this goal.



It's been a long and strange journey, to be sure. I didn't realize I'd finish it as openly gay, or having leaned to spin fire, having earned a Masters degree along the way, or in London, where I'm surrounded by friends. There were many who said I'd never make it; that a guy with ADHD couldn't possibly withstand the rigors of medical school. But many more believed, and they supported me, they celebrated my triumphs with me and comforted me when I hit setbacks. To all of you, my most heartfelt thanks.



It's a bit scary, really. I'll be able to write prescriptions and I will be responsible for the errors I make (and I'll make them). But I also know that I will not be dealt anything that I cannot handle and by the Oath of Hippocrates I am bound to ask for help when I believe that a situation exceeds my abilities to handle it. I intend to make good use of that clause.



And so here I am, a brand-new doctor. And yet at this point there isn't anything I can do today that I couldn't do yesterday. I don't have a prescription pad, I can't practice on my own... I just have two new letters on my name. And yet it means something.



Among other things, it means I can remove the '(in training)' from my sigline and title and I can make just a teensy change to my HOP name. biggrin



And for the first time in my life, I can say:



I am Michael L. Ginsberg, M.D., M.S.



But please call me Mike. weavesmiley


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:I got an E-mail today to 'Dr. Ginsberg' and had my usual reaction:

'not yet, you numbnuts... wait a sec... yes, YES, Dr. Ginsberg is my name now!'

Bizarre, really.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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GothFrogette
BRONZE Member since Oct 2004

GothFrogette

grumpy poorly froggy
Location: Nuneaton

Total posts: 3999
Posted:hug awwwwwwwwwwwwww hug

Life's too short to worry about where you put your marshmallows

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Stone
GOLD Member since Jun 2001

Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne

Total posts: 2830
Posted:congratulations, Doc Lightning, well done!

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If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Singed Piper (formerly Mark1)


Singed Piper (formerly Mark1)

resident bagpiper
Location: Vermont, USA

Total posts: 342
Posted:wow, thats awesome.

however, my first thought was that this was a thread about david tennant. LOL


Q:What's the difference between the Great Highland Bagpipes and the Northumbrian Pipes?
A:The Great Highland Pipes burn longer.

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Rouge Dragon
BRONZE Member since Jul 2003

Rouge Dragon

Insert Champagne Here
Location: without class distinction

Total posts: 13215
Posted:so now when we call you dr mike, you can't say "shhh, im not a doctor yet"!

woo hoo! woopy hoopy!

YAY!!!!


i would have changed ***** to phallus, and claire to petey Petey

Rougie: but that's what I'm doing here
Arnwyn: what letting me adjust myself in your room?..don't you dare quote that on HoP...

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Noddy


Noddy

Toe Poking Bad Boy
Location: Lake District UK

Total posts: 2865
Posted:congrats Mr/Dr Lightning

Remember.........YOU LOSE!!!

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linden rathen
GOLD Member since Mar 2005

linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK

Total posts: 6942
Posted:*bounces randomly in and hugs people*

argh ive got to wait 6 years at least to become a doctor of physics *mutters
then again i probably should wait until i get my A levels before i plan any further


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Doc Lightning
GOLD Member since May 2001

Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA

Total posts: 13920
Posted:Blast from the past: who remembers that party?

*happy sigh*


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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FoxInDocs
SILVER Member since Jul 2005

FoxInDocs

Pooh-Bah
Location: Adelaide, SA

Total posts: 1848
Posted:*snugs* teehee, i don't think i was around to say congratulations then.... so i'll do it now...

Congratulations Dr Lightning!


"i am exotic, and must keep my arms down" - Rougie

"i don't understand what penises have to do with getting married" - Foxie

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Adya Miriyana
GOLD Member since Feb 2005

Adya Miriyana

*slou?
Location: Adelaide

Total posts: 6554
Posted:I concur with the foxy one smile

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