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an apt comparison

Where I spent four years of graduate school.

Where I spent four years of graduate school.

Not too long ago, someone happened onto the mudphudder blog by searching:


are med school and grad school the same


Are med school and grad school the same?  No.

Having been through both now, the best way I can put it is that medical school is like a four year jail sentence: you go in knowing you have to put in four years of hard time and along the way you take it up the ass occasionally.  Graduate school, on the other hand, is like solitary confinement: you’re wandering around in the dark, not knowing how much time has gone by or even what year it is, slowly losing your sanity until one day someone opens the door, you see the light and you’re out–smelly and a shell of your former self.  And you still have to take it up the ass occassionally.


3 Responses to “an apt comparison”

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    Disgruntled Julie:

    I can’t vouch for the med school half, but that is an absolute perfect description of graduate school. A labmate and I were at a welcome party for the first year students today, and when one asked what year we were, we had to count up from when we started because we had no idea. The situation was not helped when the first year literally gasped when we finally concluded that we were 5th year students.

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    This isn’t related, but what are your thoughts on PhD field and specialty choice for md/phd students? Does the PhD topic not matter as all the old folks say?

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    Andrew L.:

    Well-I was once an aspiring MD/PHD student while my father was dying of cancer. I got quite an education about medicine in this country-which is why I said “to hell with it” and became a PHD student in pure mathematics. One of the reasons-by no means all of the reason-most young doctors’ main aspiration to become the head of an HMO and own half of Long Island is that the process of becoming a doctor effectively dehumanizes them and destroys whatever compassion or curiousity they have. When my father had a septic infection he fell into a coma from several years before he ultimately died 2 years ago,I had the ugly experience of walking in on several medical students WHO WERE TAKING BETS AS TO HOW LONG MY FATHER WOULD LIVE AND MAKING JOKES ABOUT HOW THIER BILL DETERMINES LIFE EXPECTANCY.And that’s one incident among HUNDREDS I can relate.At my alma mater,most of the premeds were buisness or accounting majors and learned very early on how to program entire textbooks in code in time for exams. I was ridiculed as “Honest Ass”.

    To answer spenlo’s question-if you have a good enough lawyer to cover up the fact you think urea is made in the kidney,I’m sure it doesn’t mean a damn thing in America. So don’t worry,if you become an MD in this country and prefer the Wall Street Journal to The Journal Of Biological Medicine,you’ll be on the board of a major hospital in no time,I’m sure.

    This is why 50 countries have higher life expectancies then ours. And it’s a major reason why I may have to flee this country with my family in 10 years in search of a health system of caregivers instead of sadistic vampires.

    An American leaving his native land looking for a better life.

    Irony worthy of the drama.

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