It feels like I need to answer 20 questions, so here goes!!
1. Did Josh hear from UAMS?
YES! He has the job.
2. When are you moving?
The end of June after kids are out of school.
3. When does he start his job?
JULY, 1st. He finishes this years contract with Riverside until the end of June.
4. What is he doing?
He will be a pathologist.
5. What is that?
A pathologist is the doctor's doctor. The one that identifies under the microscope whatever biopsy or sample was taken.
6. How long is residency?
7. Does his time in OH count?
NO, too different.
8. Why did he change?
Lifestyle-and realizing lifestyle wouldn't ever be what he wanted even if he practiced for 40 years!
9. What will he miss about surgery?
His words: Cutting people.
He loved and still does love the procedures. He has done lots of stitching both at the hospital and out of the house. He has assisted in many difficult cases, but on his own at this point has done some gall bladders and other "simple" procedures. He has also ran several codes, put in chest tubes, etc. He could handle being the ER doc for a night.
10. When did he decide?
Uh, his senior year of med skl during his path rotation, again after 6 months into surgery, then again last December, and finally just two weeks ago. AFTER match!
ya know, when residents get jobs. See, interviews for MDs happen in Dec, Jan, Feb, Match Day is in March. Match day is when you are told where you will work, based on your interviews. Josh decided the first week of April, and then this time, went through with it, but it was after match-a very scary time.
12. Why did he wait?
He is a good surgeon. He liked it. (parts of it). It is hard to give up a dream.
13. Isn't pathology boring?
Ya probably to most of us, but Josh loves science. He was a phlebotomist and then worked in the lab at the hospital during undergrad. I have no trouble seeing him in this setting.
14. Will you buy a house?
Yes, we plan to buy.
somewhere with a good elementary school and a good price.
Probably in June, but even July is possible. We can stay with Josh's folks until we close.
17. How scared were you?
VERY. He decided to quit before we knew UAMS had a position. When they didn't offer him the job immediatley, I went through every (184) programs in the country looking for pathology jobs. Finding none.
18. How scared were you?
Not that scared. We prayed and felt at peace that things would work out.
19. What will you miss about Columbus?
shopping, things to do, people, summer weather
20. What makes you look forward to Little Rock?
family, friends, milder winter, living in Hog country, and good Bar B Que. and of course mosquitoes and water bugs...LOL!!