Last week, I attended the AMSA National Convention in New Orleans, Louisiana. Chapter representatives from medical school and undergraduate institutions from around the world have gathered to listen to famous doctors speak about topics ranging from current issues facing medicine today to how to prepare for their residency interviews. New skills can be learned and some may even apply for a national AMSA elected officer position. A wave of nostalgia washed over me when I approached the Merck Manual booth in the exhibition hall yesterday morning. It was almost exactly one year ago that I first heard of the opportunity to become a contributor to Merck Manual’s first ever medical student blog.
I haphazardly wrote down my email address with no expectation to have an application pop up in my inbox. Never having written a blog before, I wrote something that would interest a reader like myself. If I couldn’t be satisfied by my own work, there was no point to writing it. My application blog is actually one of my most popular blogs written to date, “Chaplain Rounds.” I guess I chose the right one to submit. Luckily enough, I was accepted into the inaugural class of Merck Manual bloggers. Soon this amazing opportunity will be over and it will be time for the next class to replace myself and write about their medical school experiences.
I just wanted to say that this “job” has been amazing to say the least. Those of you considering applying, it is a fantastic way to explore your creativity, vent some stress and put some money in your bank account. I never considered myself a writer and I still use the term loosely to describe myself but, if you are passionate about what you write, that is all that matters. I hope I have inspired some of you readers out there to apply and eventually, take my place. Thank you.