Mullberry Whine

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You’re Kind of a Big Deal

Dear Ms. Whine,

We are very pleased to inform you of your election to the Best-State Greek-Letter Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society…

I nearly dropped the groceries I was non-chalantly hauling up the stairs while opening my mail.  It’s hard to keep hold of a paper bag when you strike an unscheduled super star pose.

Alpha Omega Alpha, or AOA, is a big deal to medical students.  A reeeeaaaaally big deal.  Only a handful of students in each graduating class are elected.  It’s exceedingly helpful in nabbing those sought after residency spots.  And you get a fancy gold pin to add to your white coat bling.

So, I’m pretty darn stoked.

But I’m also pretty darn grateful.

I’m grateful to the ‘rents, the hubby, the librarians who left the light on for me, that nice lady in the cafe lunch line who always gave me a physician discount even though she knew full well I was just a student, and that guy in the security office who always lets me in the parking lot when I forget my name badge.

But, mostly, I’m grateful to my patients.  They shock me and inspire me, puzzle me and teach me, they make me think deeply (deeply deeply) about medicine and about life.  The study and the service of them and their maladies and their lives is why I’m here.  It’s what drives me to excellence.  And it’s what drives me to write.  They’re a big deal – and it’s an even bigger blessing to have such wonderful opportunity.

Luckiest gal in the world?  Yeah – I think so.

8 comments on “You’re Kind of a Big Deal

  1. ElizabethWolf
    August 27, 2012

    This is fabulous. FABULOUS. Congratulations. And may you be holding a bag of groceries as well when the Nobel Prize arrives.

    • mullberrywhine
      August 27, 2012

      Thank you! THANK YOU! I can only hope the pluots are a bit less ripe than those I was carrying yesterday… 😉

  2. ahyesplans
    August 27, 2012


    • mullberrywhine
      August 27, 2012

      Thank you – and congrats to you for surviving your first set of med school exams! (If not quite yet, then in the next few days –- you got this, dude, you got this! And, never fear, I could never study in groups either…just quietly with the hubby in those pre-hubby/just friends times 😉 ).

  3. kindredspirit23
    August 30, 2012

    Those are the moments that life just feels good when you are in them!

    • mullberrywhine
      August 30, 2012

      I couldn’t have said it better myself, Scott! Thanks very much!

  4. Dr. K
    August 30, 2012

    Congratulations Mullberry!!! Of all people, I knew you could do this!!!! So very proud of you 🙂

    Love you!
    Dr. K

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