TNQD Meets a Fan
This week I had the opportunity of meeting someone who is a fan of this blog. My medical school puts on a program for high school students interested in medicine. For a week they get to simulate what it is like to be in medical school. They attend lectures, learn basic skills and participate in our problem-based learning process.
As I sat down next to one student, this week, I noticed that he was perusing Tumblr. I casually asked him which blogs he liked best. ”Well there are two that I really like,” he replied, “TheNotQuiteDoctor and Dr. Cranquis.”
It was a surreal moment for me. I have never met a reader in real life. ”Well,” I stammered, “I am TheNotQuiteDoctor.” He looked at me with skepticism and incredulity. In that moment I had a tinge of regret. Honestly, I was so taken aback by his comment that I had offered my confession without thought of repercussion Now that I had spoken up I felt I must at least confirm what I said. So I logged in and showed him my Tumblr page, proving that I was indeed TNQD.
He seemed in shock and disbelief. It was a strange feeling for me too. Over the next few days we talked briefly of the blog, but never had the chance for a real sit down conversation.
Initially I felt bad about telling him. I think being anonymous adds a lot to my writing. I can be the everyman. Though everyone has assumptions, no one knows what I look like or sound like. I think that allows readers to project onto my writing what ever type of figure they need to hear from. To some I may actually seem like J.D. from scrubs, goofy and aloof. To others I may be serious, offering advice in a stoic way. Some may even imagine me to be an exceptional individual with the mind of a genius.
For my young friend I had taken that away. He saw me as I am, just an average medical student stumbling and bumbling through life. I am not a wise stoic or genius. I am a goofy guy with a silly sense of humor. Like you, my readers, I get caught up in my insecurities and flaws. I struggle with self-doubt and over thinking about the future. I am, as you might now be imagining, pretty average.
As I reflected on my interaction and spilling the beans about my identity, I began to think that maybe it was ok. Perhaps by realizing I am just a normal guy my young friend will know that almost anyone can be a med student. As I am fond of repeating: it doesn’t take a genius to be a doctor, just a hard worker. I do not plan to ever stop being anonymous; many more things are at stake than just an image. But now you all know that I am just a regular guy. And if I can make it to medical school, so can you.
Thanks for giving me such an inspirational moment K (I won’t reveal his identity as he promised to protect mine). I hope to see and hear more from you in the future.
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- xxxcomplicationsxxx said: aww he is lucky to meet you. :) but thanks for encouraging us even when people don’t believe in us. :) thanks to all the other medical blogs too. We are lucky to have you guys.
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- cranquis said: Eep! My simultaneous nightmare and dream. I think you have drawn good points out of the way you handled the situation, though.
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- thelearningcurves said: I think that’s great. Wish I could have met ya and had a chat!
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- geeksaurusrex said: I don’t intend on going to medical school, but I enjoy your blog regardless for the common bits of wisdom like this that really have far-ranging applications. Keep up the good work.
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