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That's it folks, thanks for the memories

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Paid my PSIA dues and was going for my L2 this upcoming season, and then, just found out i've been accepted to medical school in the fall so it's pretty much goodbye skiing for the next 4 years or so. Hopefully I'll get out during the meager 1 week winter breaks but my journey as an instructor is on hiatus at the moment. I learned a lot from you folks here and some inspired me to go and pursue the instructor route when I first loaded up the pages of epicski a few years ago. Hopefully I'll be able to open up this chapter back up at a later stage in life once I have a life outside of books again but that's all for now folks

Thanks for the memories....
post #2 of 28
Congratulations, mak! As far as I can tell, med school is part of the perfect long range economic plan for skiing. When you need to get away from the grind to somewhere cold and snowy, I hope you'll remember all of your friends here at epicski still blogging away about skiing and pop in for a quick one.
post #3 of 28
Congratulations !

Now, I never skied much than during my student years (not in medical school), and some of my friends in medical school were pretty dedicated too. Not instructor-like dedicated of course, but more than a week/year !
tss tss, what kind of a school is that ?
post #4 of 28
Think of all the places and photos you'll be able to post in a few years whilst' we, are stuck in our muck and mire as you are leading "the life".

Way to go .... and in one of the noble professions!
post #5 of 28
I frequently ski with a friend who:

--Went to UC Davis med school

--Retired by 50

--Is probably in the top 10 in the US in both slalom and cross country in his age group

--Skis the Haute Route or some significant AT trip every year

Skiing doesn't end with med school. It takes a break for sure, but you'll be back!

congratulations and good luck!
post #6 of 28
Makwendo,
Congratulations!
Don't forget to stop by and say hello when you get out on the slopes.
Good Luck in school. We're gonna miss ya.
post #7 of 28
Congratulations on med school. All of my skiing friends who went on to advanced degrees (med, vet, law) continued skiing throughout our school career (and beyond!). Think quality not quantity!
post #8 of 28
Felicidades!
post #9 of 28
When life in med school is too sane, stop in for some insanity!
post #10 of 28
Stay with each Mak. The best Sales & communication training I ever got was learning to sell correct skiing by acquiring my Associate Cert.

Whatever happened to Dr. Frau???
post #11 of 28
The governor of Kalifornia says:

You'll be back
post #12 of 28
Mak,

Congrats. They will still need ski instructors when you are at a point in your life when you will be able to teach. Many of my students are doctors and many of them are good skiers. It would be interesting for you to be on the other side of the instruction business with your background.

Best of luck!

RW
post #13 of 28
That sounds great...so, what size are your boots and skis?
post #14 of 28
Congrats on the admittance, you'll certainly be back once you're through school.
post #15 of 28
Mak- I skied throughout medical school, and during 2 residencies, too (although certainly not a lot). I suspect the problem these days, with the current cost of tuition, is money as much as time. Vacation still exists at your school, I hope! You will find that the workload is far more than you experienced in college, but at the same time you need a release even more as well. My school (in NYC) helped with a recreation office that provided cheap or free tickets to concerts, theater, opera, etc for when you had an evening off. Make sure that you spend a vacation week at the mountain, and that you find a Sunday once in a while to get away if there's a place within a few hours to ski. You will both need and deserve it, and your work and study will actually profit from the respite.
post #16 of 28
Thread Starter 
thanks all, and DP that sounds reassuring that I should have 'some' time to ski (although nowhere close to the 40-50 days a season I was getting!).
post #17 of 28
I had plenty of time for recreation when I was in medical school; I just didn't have any money. During residency I had neither time nor money. Now, after nearly twenty years in practice, I have enough money, but not enough time.
post #18 of 28
I continued to ski in med school, in fact I was able to juggle my schedule and got three straight weeks off in each of the third and fourth years. As for financing that, I took out student loans to feed the fire!!! You'll still get to ski, just not as much as before, but when you do go out on the hill, you'll savor the moment that much more!
post #19 of 28
Mak, it seems like the first question is, where are you going to med school?

And as for what to do during med school, well, you might want to check out the doings of Dr. Robb Gaffney. If you haven't seen it yet, try to catch the movies "1999" -- if I recall correctly, it was shot during his last year of med school, and includes footage of his second-ever skiing of Schmidiots -- and "Walls of Freedom." And he wrote a pretty neat book, too. You can find a hagiography about his practice from 2003 here.
post #20 of 28
Thread Starter 
I'll be in uptown NYC....seems like there will be LIMITED time as per the last few people! I'll take it as it goes....
post #21 of 28
East or West side? (i.e., Columbia or Sinai?)
post #22 of 28
Don't they need some aspiring docs in the ski patrol shack?

Good Luck.
post #23 of 28
I used to live with a family practice resident. She did her orthopod rotation at the Mickey Wolf / Deerfield Medical Clinic (Mt. Snow base lodge 1983). Did a quick search and find it has just been taken over by So. Vt healthcare:
http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pb...92/1003/NEWS02

Anyway find a sports medicine rotation or "internship" or whatever you call it where you are treating injured skiers and I'll bet you not only find some ski time but also some comp passes.
post #24 of 28
I used to live with a family practice resident. She did her orthopod rotation at the Mickey Wolf / Deerfield Medical Clinic (Mt. Snow base lodge 1983). Did a quick search and find it has just been taken over by So. Vt healthcare:
http://www.rutlandherald.com/apps/pb...92/1003/NEWS02

Anyway find a sports medicine rotation or "internship" or whatever you call it where you are treating injured skiers and I'll bet you not only find some ski time but also some comp passes.
post #25 of 28
My Orthopedist did volunteer work at the Carlos Otis Clinic at Stratton when he was an intern. He still volunteers up there every year. It might be worth looking into. Just a thought. I wish you much success in Med School.


We don't grow too old to play, we grow old because we stop playing - Herman "Jackrabbit" Johanson
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by Stache View Post
Stay with each Mak. The best Sales & communication training I ever got was learning to sell correct skiing by acquiring my Associate Cert.

Whatever happened to Dr. Frau???
My thoughts, too - Dr. Frau was one of the very most engaging Bears we had. Where is she now? I miss her wit.
post #27 of 28
A few years ago I was on a lift at Vail with my wife and a young patroller. At the time we were looking at some property in the area. I explained to the patroller that I was a doc, and that once we started spending some of the winter there I might see if I could offer my services to the patrol. He very politely said, "...we're really looking for younger people". Ouch. My wife thought it was great.

As I stated above, I found plenty of time in medical school for recreation, I just couldn't afford to ski more than a few times. I did a general surgery internship so I barely had time sleep that year. During residency I had a little bit of money and some free time - enough of both to ski a little. Residency rotations at a ski resort sound great, but remember, residency is the time to develop the skills you'll use in the real world. Unless you go into orthopedic surgery I think it would be a waste of valuable time to do such a rotation. There will be more time to ski when you're in practice and, if things don't change too much in the next few years, you may even have the resources to ski often.
post #28 of 28
Mak,
Way to go!
hmmm, Orthopaedics might put you in a ski town some day (just thinking).

So... now I have to find a new vidoegrapher & MA dude enroute L2!

Bill, you out there?
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