I was thinking about maybe getting my Ask Jeeves licensure too, but man do they ask a lot of questions.
Ubiquity of information is one of the best and worst things we’ve gotten out of the internet. Obviously I use it quite often. Can we take a moment and reach back to that time before where we rustled through those musty tomes with pages when we wanted to find a piece of information (data, as the kids call it)? There are probably some folks reading who literally do not remember that time. There’s a new(ish) term floating about called a “digital native,” someone who’s grown up always having the information technology at hand. There’s something about that that at once fascinates and unsettles me.
Then there’s the other end of the spectrum. They’re fading, but those few without the computer still exist. My grandfather is one, and honestly, WebMD is probably a fairly strong reason for it. The last thing that man (or even most people) needs is another source telling him ways he could be sick. To be fair, I think the system has been honed a bit more recently: I had a tension headache that was not diagnosed as meningitis, which I guess is a step forward.
I am, indeed, working my way toward the study of medicine. Right now, in the ramp up to the MCAT (Medical College Admission Test), it’s a pretty tough grind. I’ve been told that the reason they cooked the test up in the first place is that they wanted attrition, that too many people were starting med school and flunking out, so they figured on thinning the herd early. Honestly with the rigor of study so far, I believe it. Still, it’s something I’m passionate about, and I think it’s good to have to goal to work toward.
And I do have that side job. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some questionable diagnoses to deliver.