I’m following a Plan that is designed to get me into medical school (getting through medical school is an entirely different Plan). I actually started this blog to document my journey from undergraduate and career gal to medical school candidate, and the closer I get, the more of an influence this journey will have on my blog entries. But unfortunately, I’m in the earliest stage of The Plan, which is Getting Out of Commercial Debt and setting myself up financially to get into medical school (MCATs, supplementary classes, med school entry counsultants, researching med schools, med school application fees, traveling to visit schools – the list can go on and on depending on how one chooses to get there).
So I am currently in the part of The Plan that involves a lot of money-making, making sure said money goes to the credit card companies or savings (not on new iPads), and staying very calm while I get more and more impatient to be studying medicine.
Hence, two jobs – one of which, thank goodness, is vaguely related to medicine. Aside from adding to my science background (immuno- and biochemistry, cell culture, in vitro diagnostics, statistics), my work here is strengthening my experience and knowledge of decision-making, setting priorities, multi-tasking, discovering and working with limitations, schedule planning, leading teams and assigning work, cross-functional diplomacy, business hierarchies and decisions, working with regulatory agencies and other big-picture issues that may prove useful when working in medicine.
This job experience also mean that I have acquired the ability to occasionally relate to Dilbert cartoons and Office Space. For example, here are some excellent, and admittedly out-of-context, quotes that have recently come from various meetings:
That’s an unfair test because it sets us up for success, and we don’t want to set ourselves up for success.
Lean-Six Sigma is like communism: It works great in theory. – This one works great for any number of procedures and ideas that one doesn’t like.
It’s not a real vacation unless it inconveniences your co-workers.
We’re on target to get nothing done!
Boss: She’s mastered the science of getting SOPs approved.
Worker: I’ve mastered the science of nagging.
Co-Worker: Yeah, she’s the Charles Dickens of the nasty-gram.
Yep, just like being a factory worker during undergrad helped me want to stay in college, this career – extraordinary work experience aside – is a wonderful motivation to stay on-track for medical school.