Thursday, December 28, 2006

yay for new job!

i got the job! even though it's not paying near what i thought, i'm not unemployed anymore! maybe i can hope for a raise or something...

so yay for employment!

Friday, December 22, 2006

ok, the job description...

alright alright, i'll tell you about the job that i really believe that i will get!!!

it all started with an application to a job that advertised for an "inventory coordinator". a phone call and a short drive later in the next two days, i found myself sitting in the baptist hospital's HR department. a nice lady came up to me and told me that she would be taking me to the cardiovascular diagnostics department for the interview. so we walk out of HR, outside, inside the hospital and up the elevator. she directed me to this little waiting room, told the receptionist that i was there for "judy" and left. the receptionist then turned to me, sizing me up and down, and starting talking about all sorts of things. (evidently, if i get the job, i'll be working closely with her, and that's great! she's really nice and fun.) then 2 or 3 other people stop by, and they're all having a grand ol' time. the receptionist said, if you want the job, just tell her and they'll give it to you. yeah!

so my interviewer comes and we go to her office. she told me immediately that i was overqualified, but then asked me to tell her about my education experience. i told her about being on leave from med school, and that i was going to go back in august, etc. she then told me, well, i'm going to have to work hard to find a reason to hire you to justify you only being employed for 7-8 months. i beautifully spun that negative question into a quite positive answer, saying that i would be willing to train people to take over, and that i'm a really organized person, etc, etc. she seemed to get excited, because she said, actually this job is 3-fold, and it's kind of disorganized, maybe you could do a great job for us by streamlining everything. i heartily agreed! i told her above all, i was an engineer first, and engineers are always looking for ways to streamline, to simplify, to organize. she got really happy after that.

now the job description: i would be in charge of scanning the stock as it came in, and then making sure the nurses scan things out properly for the cath labs. i would also be stocking the "stock room" and the labs so that everything was readily accessible. also i would check the overall stock against what the computer says just so that everything's on target. i would also be responsible for making sure the items used on the patient are billed to that patient's bill. the next part of the job would be acting as a back-up receptionist whenever she was out for lunch or on break. and the last part would be scheduling patients to go to lab, so i would have to know what they needed done, which lab did that, and which doctors would be available at certain times. i would have to be computer savvy (check!), able to look at a computer screen a lot (check!) and have good interpersonal skills (woah dang, check!). and while i was there, i'd be writing up protocols and procedures to make sure everything runs smoothly, because that's just the kind of person i am. and i would have my own cubicle! yay!

and the logistics...it pays between $8-16/hr, depending on some formula, so i'm shooting for at least $12.50/hr. and the hours are 7:00-3:30, M-F. great! so today she's going to call me to tell me my "pay rate". i'll be surprised if i don't get the job...she told me i was a "breath of fresh air" compared to the other candidates, and she's excited about what i can do for her, and what they can do for me (being that i'm a future medical student and whatnot).

so in retrospect, i totally turned that interview into a great one, wowed everyone, got introduced to the whole department, lots of praise. all the negative questions got very positively-spun answers, that were still very truthful. i hope it works out!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

exciting update!

i got a call today requesting me to have an interview tomorrow at a hospital where i would maybe become an inventory coordinator! how exciting! awesome hours, 7-3, m-f, and MONEY! so i can do things! i'm so excited, i applied to that job today, and i've already gotten an interview offer for tomorrow. yay! and now i'm eating delicious coffee ice cream, and my brother and his friends came over for a bit, and it's all good. yippee!

no, i don't have a GED.

so i've applied to a total of 10 jobs thus far, and been rejected to 2, so that is a net of +8. i wasn't considered for psychology technician, because, well, i'm not a psych major. understandable. however, i wasn't considered for a lab assistant job (which HELLO! that's what i did all through undergrad) because my 4-year chemical engineering degree and 1-2 years experience (at least!) didn't compete with the GED + 1 year experience requirement. alas, what a cruel world we live in. however, it was pointed out to me that two things probably happened. 1. they already filled the job up with someone they knew already. 2. i was overly qualified. i prefer to think that no. 2 was the reason why i was passed over. hahaha. no big loss. job didn't even pay that well at all.

i have also come to the realization that chemical engineers are not wanted in this immediate area. i have found zero job postings, and mind you, i've looked in so many job listing directories, etc. the only thing that i could remotely find that i could qualify for if a stretched it, well, it's like a 45 minute commute drive to get there, and i'm not about to spend 1.5 hours commuting every day for a temporary job. call me selfish. so i guess health care it is still. today i applied to "inventory coordinator" of a cardiology department (i like to count! yippee!) and also "blood bank assistant" (the ONLY blood job that i've found that will teach me the skills of phlebotomy on-site).

when the school system picks up again, i will march myself into the nearest school's office and apply to be a substitute teacher. maybe somebody will have a baby and go on maternity leave so i could sub long-term for a math or science class. or something else scandalous will happen, and they will call me to come in and save the day. that would be nice.

so the bottom line is: i need a job. i'm going crazy. books are helping me, but they aren't the cure-all. and though i know i could get a job, i just don't want any job. i want to reserve the right to still be picky. but eh, if the end of january comes around and i'm still jobless, i guess i will have to prostitute myself out for anyone that will hire me. and that's a scary thought.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

job update

so far, nothing's really happened on the job front. i have 9 applications out, and am still searching for more jobs to apply to. i have friends on the "inside" at school that are trying to help me out, and maybe that will come to fruition. in the meantime, i have decided that i'm going to look into signing up to be a substitute teacher for the county i live in. have a temporary "call me as you need me" job is better than no job at all. and plus i've always been interested in teaching, and i'm good with kids of all ages, having been a camp counselor back in my day and also doing some engineering mentoring of sorts. so i think this afternoon i might go by the local elementary school and sign up, and then have them send off the applications to the other schools. hopefully i could do something math or science-y in the jr high/high school realm, because i would just mess up english and history really bad. and i think i would like to be called "miss frylime" because hearing my last name would just feel kinda weird. and maybe i would lie and say i was 28 years old so i would get more respect.

i've still been thinking about medical things. and i need to come up with a schedule for some light medically related reading. maybe re-explore my textbooks. how about genetics?!

and i read a ny times article about aneurysms and brain surgery. COOL! ha, and i knew exactly what they were talking about. go me, go me!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

application count

so far i have applied to 7 jobs, some lab research techs, some just kinda random. my promise to myself is to apply to at least 1 new job everyday until i get one. i've posted stuff on careerbuilder.com and now the wait there begins!

and so now i'm just enjoying the lazy life. or, i guess slowly going crazy. i've visited the local library, which is kinda small, makes me sad. i've been cooking, watching trashy tv, just feel like my brain is going away. this afternoon i think i'm going to clean my place up (which i've been saying that i'll do for a while anyway), and i've got a lunch date with one of my girlfriends in town. (note: not THAT kind of girlfriend...sheesh!) eventually i need to make up a "review my old med school books" schedule so i can stay fresh.

so i think i'm inducing carpal tunnel syndrome in my left hand. luckily i finished enough school to recognize the symptoms and identify the nerve affected, etc. i'm such a nerd.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

let the job search begin!

so i've decided that instead of trying to audit a class or two, i think a job would be the best thing for me right now. so now i've applied to 2 researcher positions at UMC, and i've got some friends asking their former employers if they know of anyone looking for someone special like me to play in their labs. seriously, i am so excited about my new place in life right now, yay! so yeah yeah, i don't know what else to say right now, but that i'll keep you posted on my job-seeking progress!

ciao bellas!

interesting times...

as of yesterday, i am officially on leave from school. the stress, the work, always feeling like i'm catching up rather than staying on top, etc, all contributed to it. and when the administration says "let's do this", hey, i jumped at the chance and all is well! all my friends, family, everyone, is being quite supportive, and i don't regret not being in school right now. after all, i am going to go back to be in next year's class. class of 2011. interesting. and since i skipped a grade in elementary school, it's like i'm going back to normal. and now i can say i'm red-shirting med school...AWESOME!

so my faithful readers, don't fret. this is a good opportunity for me to chill out and do something different. i'm thinking maybe i could do a EMT boot camp, or get trained as a phlebotomist, or something. and i'm going to read a lot! so if anybody has any books to recommend...i'm listening!

oh, and i'm still going to blog every so often. and after my new christmas present (i think i'm getting a camera!) i shall start up another blog, possibly one to highlight my experiments in the culinary realm...

Thursday, December 07, 2006

the wonders of bilirubin...

good morning friends...

currently in a boring biochemistry class learning about bilirubin. specifically, learning about neonatal jaundice, which i believe one of my little friends was born with, but overcame! it occurs mostly in preemies, and it has something to do with the liver just not wanting to work right. or also the trauma of being birthed scared the liver into being bad. bad liver! but only for a little bit! and usually it's not a big deal, and you treat it with phototherapy to make the bilirubin (which is the molecule that makes you turn yellow-ish) more water soluble so you can pee it out. (technically speaking, i suppose, is that the baby has insufficient levels of UDP-glucuronyl transferase, a really long and weird to pronounce name for an enzyme. that enzyme makes the bilirubin water soluble so the baby [or adults, for that matter] can get rid of the bilirubin.) hence, the bilirubin blanket, which emits UV light for the changing of the bilirubin. the bilirubin is zapped by the light through the skin, which makes it pee-able. isn't that crazy? probably one of the only times UV light is a good thing...

in other news, i just have to say that I LOVE GENETICS! maybe i should do my residency in some combined pediatrics/medical genetics so i can have the normal life of a pediatrician, but the drama and intrigue of genetic disorders. i'm just kind of excited, after the disappointment with gross anatomy, i need a class to make me feel alive again. after talking with the professor (who, by the way, is my FAVORITE professor here), he said that i could follow (or shadow, as they say) him in clinic to see how it is. i'm just so happy and excited about the prospect.

gah, i can't wait till lunch. but i will say i had a delicious cup of coffee this morning. yum!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

WHOA genetic testing!

as i read the new york times this morning, this article makes me want to be mad! why would any parent willingly and wantingly allow their child to be born with a defect? i can see where they are coming from, the deaf and achondroplasic parents, and if they conceive and bear children the "natural" way and the kid comes out not totally normal, then ok, that's cool. but willingly and wantingly going out of their way to ensure the kid's un-normalcy is apalling.

there are genetic defects for a reason. as one of my friends says (and she's studying for her doctorate in molecular genetics), something like this, "all these bad genetic and environmental things are happening because mother earth is sick and trying to get rid of some of us". binge and purge. that's why we had the great flood during noah's times, the plagues of egypt, tsunamis, bubonic plague.

now, i'm not trying to say that people born with defects are in some way undeserving of life. they are still human, and all humans have the intrinsic right to try and live somehow (but then there's the argument of keeping alive vegetables and whatnot, but that's another story for another day), but don't you think that genetic defects are mother nature's way of saying WAIT! SLOW DOWN THERE! and for parents to willingly inflict diseases and disorders on their children is just hogwash! after being in developmental anatomy for all this time, sheesh, if a baby makes it out normal, that's a huge success in my book after learning about all the freaky things that can happen in utero, like 1/1000 chance of this, or 15% of all babies get that. that's why prenatal counseling is sooo important, but alas, that is also another story.

ok, enough of my ranting.

Monday, December 04, 2006

the end of gross...

wow! i just discovered that another blog has linked my blog to theirs! that's the first linkage that i know about, and that makes me happy!

in other news...

so today we had our last gross anatomy test, and tomorrow will be the board exam. guess who's probably going to take summer school gross anatomy? me! but all is well. me and gross, well, we just had an awkward time. we still like each other, just need a break. how can i explain? let's see...it's sort of like that first awkward junior high/high school relationship. me and gross. we thought we were soulmates! we went to all the football games together, held hands on the school bus, and wrote long notes to each other that were intricately folded into weird shapes. *le sigh* but eh, in reality we knew it wasn't going to go anywhere. fast forward a few years, let's say after college, where the awkward growing pains have been remolded to responsible productive adults. (did that make sense?) me and gross see each other again, let's say at an art museum or some trendy coffee shop. we realize we have so much more in common now, and decide to see each other again "for old time's sake", and BAM! whaddayaknow...soon we're inseparable, in love, and blah blah all that sappy stuff.

so yeah, does that analogy make sense? so hey, if me and gross don't get along now, then it just wasn't our time. and that's ok. at least now i know what i'm going to do this summer.

in other news, my life will turn to the world of biochemistry soon. and that's ok. i need some sort of change.

and i had impromptu ice cream today with a special person. coffee for me, blueberry for him. that made my "hiatus" with gross just a little bit better to deal with.

on to board review...