You Know You're a Med Wife When...

...you know a shocking amount of information about Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and the Plague.

Here's a pic of a happy sunflower instead of the plague.  You're welcome!

Studoc is swamped studying for his finals which are today, tomorrow, and Friday.  I have been quizzing him with flashcards on tons of drugs....their method of action, what they're used for, and their toxicities.  Many of them have names that look like a bunch of consonants strung together in random fashion.    

Another thing that helps Studoc study is when I let him talk at me.  As in, he stands up and talks at me about the material in teacher-student fashion because it helps him remember the material and sort it out.  I sit and try to appear interested (college made me super good at this) but really I'm just trying to keep my eyes open because I don't understand a word.  Little does he know the whole time I look intrigued I'm just thinking, "Wow, it's so amazing to have him home tonight.  Even if he's studying and saying all this gobble-di-gook at me...so great to have him home..."  Occasionally, he'll say something I understand, and I'll say "Hey!  I've heard of that!"  But that's about it.  Pretty rare, truth be told.

So, lately I've listened to a tidal wave of information about crazy diseases and viruses....which isn't good considering I'm pretty much a hypochondriac.

Studoc:  "These are the signs and symptoms of blibbidy-blob disease...."
Me:  "I feel tired a lot and get upset stomach and more stuff just like you said.  Do I have that disease?"
Studoc:  "No."
Me:  (reaching for laptop to confirm on all-knowing Wikipedia that I don't have said disease)
Studoc:  "Don't look it up!  It'll just freak you out more.  I promise you don't have blibbidy-blob disease."
Me:  (sigh)  "Oh, alright."

I guess for now I'll just have to trust that I don't have the Plague. :)  But dude, hearing about all this freaky stuff makes me want to scrub my whole apartment down with bleach, never touch any animals, and basically live in a bubble.

P.S.  I'm from So. Cal.  I'm allowed to say dude. :)


Specialty Aptitude Test

I saw this medical school aptitude test on a couple of other med wife blogs, and thought I'd have my husband take the test.  Copying the blogs I read, I'm bolding the specialties Studoc finds interesting.  Once 3rd and 4th year rotations (test-driving many specialties for several weeks) come around, I'm sure he'll have a clearer picture of what he'd like to go into.

So just for fun, here are his result rankings (and sorry about it being super spaced out...it looked fine when I copied and pasted the scores from the website but it reformatted when I published this post and I'm too lazy to try to fix it...let's just say it's reeeeeeally easy to read now! :)

4radiation oncology42
9thoracic surgery40
10aerospace med40
11nuclear med40
12med oncology40
14emergency med40
18plastic surgery38
19occupational med38
20general internal med38
22infectious disease37
24colon & rectal surgery37
25preventive med37
26general surgery37
28physical med & rehabilitation36
29orthopaedic surgery36
32allergy & immunology34
36family practice33

I had to Google the specialties I was curious about, because I honestly don't know what half of these are!

And for even MORE fun, I took the test for him and answered the questions according to how I view his personality and where his talents lean.  Here are my/his results (again, with bolding what he's kind of interested in):

Rank Specialty Score
1 occupational med 45
2 ophthalmology 45
3 anesthesiology 45
4 dermatology 44
5 rheumatology 44
6 pediatrics 44
7 physical med & rehabilitation 43
8 nephrology 42
9 hematology 42
10 radiation oncology 42
11 colon & rectal surgery 41
12 thoracic surgery 41
13 radiology 41
14 general surgery 40
15 plastic surgery 40
16 otolaryngology 40
17 infectious disease 40
18 gastroenterology 40
19 emergency med 40
20 pathology 39
21 nuclear med 39
22 urology 39
23 obstetrics/gynecology 38
24 endocrinology 38
25 med oncology 38
26 pulmonology 38
27 general internal med 38
28 allergy & immunology 37
29 neurology 37
30 neurosurgery 37
31 aerospace med 37
32 psychiatry 36
33 preventive med 36
34 orthopaedic surgery 36
35 cardiology 34
36 family practice 30

Interesting, huh?  Like I said, we'll have a clearer picture once we're farther into this game, but it's pretty interesting to see how our test results vary.  Apparently, I view him differently than he views himself.  Or we are very different test-takers.  Or both.

Here's the link to the free test in case you want your med student to take it, or if you want to take it for someone for fun, or if you have nothing to do with the medicine world but would like to know what specialty you'd be best at in an alternate universe!

*Does anyone know anything good or bad about any of these specialties and want to share so I can be educated by more than Wikipedia? :)

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