When med students enter the last 2 years of med school, it is relatively easy to lose track of friends or even stay away from med students that you do not get along with. Given that I chose the NW campus, it was easier for me to lose a lot of people I thought were buddies. Most people go to Indianapolis for their clinical years. I chose Gary (a choice that I would have made hundred times out of one hundred based on my thought process 2 years ago). At some point during this time, I realized that I wanted to go to Indianapolis to get better training in the specialty field I chose. I also thought it would be nice to catch up with a few buddies while I was down there.
I moved to Indianapolis in May 2013. I found out very quickly most of my friends happened to be very busy with their own clerkships. Most of my nights were stuck in my apartment studying useful information with regards to the clerkship I was in. At times, life can get a little lonely for a med student… Whenever I did have a friend open to hang out, it would be a quick dinner or a movie. It was during one of the movies when I saw one of the minions from the movie “Despicable Me” as the theater’s example of how to sit at the movie theater, which I thought was funny.
When the month of July hit, I thought it was pretty risky but I took vacation in order to study for Step 2 CK. I wanted to separate myself from everybody and only focus on doing well on Step 2 CK so that I would have better chances at getting the residency I wanted. I also wanted to come up with a Rocky IV montage (which will be the next blog)…
My friend in Indianapolis got a happy meal one time at Mcdonald’s (which no longer exists) at the Children’s Hospital. That’s when she introduced me to Tim:
Tim is obviously a toy. When one is studying, there will be moments in time in which one would want a break. In moments of stress, there are moments in which one will snap easily. Instead of putting my stress on my friends or family, I just let Tim hear about it (which in hindsight does sound very insane). After a week Tim had another buddy, IRON MAN:
The helped me study for Step 2 CK:
After the test, I took both Tim and Iron Man with me to San Diego so they could help me out with my clerkship over in San Diego. The patients in San Diego really liked Tim, so I kept him around. I gave Iron Man away to a family member though. Tim always made a good impression because he’s always smiling and raising his hand.
When we came back to Indianapolis, he helped me with my hobbies ie baking…
And he went with me to my clerkships (where he was also a hit).
The thing about having a minion to walk around with is that it is always a conversation piece and it can be used for stress relief. People have their own minions that they use, such as talking out their issues with their spouses or exercising their stress away or baking or writing or watching news coverage about a Malaysian airlines flight or you name it. I just like to make jokes about a happy meal toy. As a medical student or even a physician, one should take that feeling of stress or pressure away from the workplace because in the long run it takes away from giving the best in patient care. It might be difficult find a healthy way which can dissipate your stress without passing it on to others physically or emotionally (through social media or texting), but being able to take care of your own stress can help you grow and make you a stronger person.
Keep on Reading and Keep on Studying!!!!!!!!
PS. General Surgery patients like Minions also…