|PhD defense and other short stories
||[Apr. 29th, 2007|02:18 pm]
So, I successfully defended my thesis. Yea! Thanks to everyone who helped, especially purplejuli and loopygirl for editing prowess on the 300-some page document. I realize the writing sucked and I hope you can forgive based on the short time frame I had to write the stupid thing.
I spent a long time getting the hour talk down, and I finally got it the day before. Unfortunately, that left me little time to study for the closed door defense. Also, my father decided this would be a great time for a family reunion. Even though I told him usually only the immediate family comes to the defense, he invited two of his brothers and one sister down for it. Great.
The talk went very well, and I got a lot of questions at the end from the faculty who showed up. The best part was they asked questions that I knew the answers to! In fact, it went so well that after my committee met behind closed doors for about 15 minutes, they brought me in and said the Q and A afterward was so good that they were going to hold an abbreviated defense. So, after 15 minutes of questions I was done! My boss said it was the shortest defense she has ever been a part of.
so, that means that I have to do revisions, and boy, are there a lot of those. As I only had about two weeks to write the thing, I knew there were going to be a lot. What I did not expect was that my committee only gave me until June 1 to get them all done and have the members sign off on them. Previous MSTP grads have had a year to get them done if they were going back to the clinic immediately. So, I defended on Friday, and started EKG/Lab Medicine classes on Monday, with the weekend spent entertaining my family. As I start my surgery rotation in a week, during which I will have no spare time, that means I have to get the revisions done this week, and study for the EKG test.
Even So, I am thrilled to be back in med school. Even though I remember nothing. (FYI, if you are having chest pains do NOT ask me to help as evidently I can't tell a heart attack q wave from a fine calligraphy letter).