edu180atl: brandi gunn 5.8.12
Today, an article I found while performing a literature search caught my attention: “Bioethics and environment: a hermeneutic approach.” Hermeneutic? What’s that? Hermeneutics, per Wikipedia, is the study of the theory and practice of interpretation. WOW!
Here’s a secret: I’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get traction on this research phase of my otherwise didactic and clinical curriculum. I see other people as “good at research.” I see myself as “bad at research.” A piece of my inner logjam broke loose when, today, the new-to-me idea of hermeneutics rearranged things in my mind. Alas – here (in research) lie stones waiting to be turned. Here lie complementary ideas waiting to be juxtaposed. And I moved closer to loving research.
Another secret: Surgery Clerkship terrified me. It combined 80-hour work weeks with extreme clinical demands. As the clerkship began, our clerkship director advised us that we should “Pretend [we ] are GOING to be surgeons…and see what happens.” I followed her advice…and I adored surgery. I am considering a career in surgery entirely because I opened my mind to its wonders. These include watching peristalsis, learning to suture, watching a naked heart beat, seeing joy on peoples’ faces when their loved ones made it through surgeries, and seeing people go from incredibly sick to back-to-new. What a gift!
Today I realized: learning requires commitment, then creativity.
We learn by jumping in – all the way in (that’s commitment) – then finding the beauty in it (that’s creativity). Banish preconceived notions.
Banish fear. Jump in!
About the Author: Brandi Gunn (@hoverwater) is a med student, wife, mother of 2 amazing daughters (7 and 9). Probably needs food right now.