A Cold Start
George Kane Jan 21, 2018
Welcome to my corner of the blog-o-sphere, where I hope to keep posts short, too-the-point, and short.
My name is George Feeney Kane. I’m a fifth generation Irish Catholic that grew up in Washington, DC before moving to the great Midwest. And yes, I know what you’re thinking…and it’s OK to be jealous that I share a name with Cory Matthews’ legendary teacher and role model of all things virtue. It’s very natural, really.
I spent the first two years of medical school at the Evansville campus, and hope to tell you some about the excellence that resides here in the 812. (Sneak peek: our cadaver lab assistant has been mixing men’s cologne into the formaldehyde for years…the whole lab smells of “Mountain Spice”). I also have opted to spend all but one of my third year clerkships in the mighty Vanderburgh county, and in this blog I’ll tell you why I have not regretted that decision one iota.
I think I can offer a unique perspective on medical education and student life for a few reasons:
- I’m married and I’ve got tiny human on the way – Life in med school is wonderfully different when you’re married, and I assume kiddos will take things into yet another dimension. Many of you are thinking about what life in med school (or residency) would be like if you tied the knot.
- I actually, really, truly love medical school. Every bit of it. You won’t find any whining in this blog, just reasons to get stoked about becoming a physician.
- I read a lot and listen to even more podcasts. A good blogger should be a fresh source of information and weave thoughts together in novel ways. Imma try to do that.
- I’m a dedicated Christian and a hardcore skeptic. These qualities should always go together, but alas, there are too many excellent skeptics out there that aren’t Christian and even more Christians that aren’t even good half-skeptics. When a proposed idea don’t make no sense, we as physicians-to-be had better be ready to interrogate the living scum out of it.
Thanks for reading!
I’ll leave you with a random fact: There is zilch evidence that Vitamin C supplementation does anything at all to prevent common colds/boost the immune system. This myth was propagated by Linus Pauling, a Nobel Laureate you science geeks may remember. More on this in a later post.