Med School Maladies and Other Anecdotes

The life, times and farcicality of an ambitious med student

Med School Prom

on January 22, 2013

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“My goal now is to dance all the dances as long as I can, and then to sit down, contented after the last elegant tango some sweet night and pass on because there wasn’t another left in me.” ~Robert Fulghum

So this weekend was a little thing that we like to call Med School Prom. I won’t lie to you. This was quite different from the prom of high school. You know, the one where your date comes and gives you a corsage and you awkwardly try to pin a boutonniere on him and accidentally stab your fingertips. And you buy a poofy dress (but really, a really really big princess dress). You can’t drink or pull any shenanigans because you are in high school. You are not fully who you are do you are not always comfortable in your own skin. Med school prom was a different scenario. I was 100% fully comfortable. If you think about it, why wouldn’t I be? I was in a room full of over achievers, ‘gunners’ who worked their booties off and continue to do so to get a degree that says “hey- this person made it. M.D.” So basically a whole bunch of cool nerds dancing the night away with an open bar at a beautiful venue. You guessed it. To quote Barney Stinson, “It was LEGENDARY.”

The night started at my girlfriends house. We got ready together and I tell you what- it was like I was back in the sorority what with the gossip, the jams, and the sharing of cosmetics. I adored it. Then the boys came over and we obviously took prom pictures (which will come soon). All of the classic poses were used. It was just great. We headed downtown for a big, Italian dinner to carb up and prepare.

We headed downtown to the Old Union station. The funny thing was when we asked the doormen where the prom was- they knew exactly what we were talking about. We got in there and the transformation was unique. Overworked kids who barely have time to make dinner and generally walk around with scrubs, sweats, no makeup, unbrushed hair, and the slight hint of crazy in their eyes transformed into classy, CLEAN, and polished individuals.

I will not fill you in on all the good (and gory) details of the night but I will tell you the moment makers. First off, when we took pictures two of the guys did their prom pose together. It MAY sound cheesy but it was just classic. Imagine, tall guy holding tall guy. I apologize for that bad mental image you just got. Secondly I love the cupid shuffle. Hands down, it is a classic for any dance. Thirdly, meeting the med student sporting the American flag vest and glasses. I took his American flag sunglasses for a while and obviously rocked it. Stars and stripes forever! Finally the best part of the evening was watching my friend (who is an even worse dancer than I) do some sort of pseudo Egyptian move in an uncoordinated, albeit endearing manner while her boyfriend looked on in dismay.
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These are the glasses I comandeered. Pretty Classy I know

Point of this entry? I guess to let you know I think it is important to just take  break from school and everything and just get dressed up…. and go to prom. If you can’t make it to prom. you can always crank up “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and break it down in your kitchen.

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