laryngology

End of Summer Update:

So you guys know that I just took a pretty epic trip to Los Angeles and then to San Antonio where I shadowed a really great Laryngologist to end my summer. And you know what? I’m sold. I’m so sold on this field. I loved it. I loved every second of it. 

I’ve been a performer basically since birth. Took piano lessons growing up, took voice lessons when I hit fifth grade, sang at church, in school productions, at festivals in Tulsa as an entertainer, starred in community theatre plays… so to say that I have a musical background is kind of an understatement. Music has been a part of my life as long as I’ve been alive. I’ve been to more concerts than I remember.

So a few years ago when I went to a concert, I had the opportunity to meet the lead singer, and we got to chat casually. I told him I wanted to go to medical school, and he told me about the vocal problems he had experienced and the doctor he had seen. “If you love music and you want to go to medical school, you have to check out Laryngology.”

To be honest, I kind of forgot about this for awhile. I thought I’d go into plastics after some family friends had a really bad burn accident… but I don’t think that’s really where my passion is in medicine.

Laryngology offers me the chance to work in a highly specialized field with patients that I have things in common with. It gives me the procedural aspect I want, the immediate gratification I like, and the balanced lifestyle I desire. I get a few days in clinic, I get procedures, I get surgery (and fun toys like LASERS). The doctor I shadowed LOVED his job. Loved it. And who can ask for more than that? Every single patient we saw was ecstatic to see him. Plus, how cool is it to give someone their voice back? I literally can’t imagine anything more rewarding to do. 

So that’s where I’m at. Now I just have to kill Step and match in ORL. I start 2nd year on Monday. Here goes nothing.