Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Operation Smile

I walked out of my final short case exam on Friday with a cryptic text from an unknown number simply stating "please call S____". Still buzzing with adrenaline and excitement at being done I dialed the number, worried that something was wrong, perhaps with someone I knew.

"Hello, this is ABB, I received a message to call."


"Yes, hello ABB, are you finished your exams?"

The slight worry ratcheted up one degree.

"Yes..."

"Oh good. Well I can congratulate you on that and something else as well...you've been selected as the recipient of the Operation Smile medical student fellowship!"

[Cue exhilaration and dress wearing suppression of cartwheels on sidewalk].

I think I then said the words delighted and thank you about 17 times. She added that the competition was stiff but they thought that I'd had some amazing life experiences and that the organization wanted to add to that list for me. Which I thought was such a lovely thing to say.

Of course I am honored (and surprised nearly beyond belief) that I was chosen. Being unable to take on international electives or sign up for volunteer work since starting medical school has been difficult, especially after getting a taste for it on my Himalayan expedition in 2008. I've been having to bide my time and just look forward to future opportunities much further down the line. But now, I won't be waiting long at all!

This is such a gift for me, and I am fully aware of the fact that it is the chance of a lifetime. According to their website they receive thousands of inquiries a year from medical students, for only about 20 available positions. I. Can't. Wait.

Still don't know when or where, but will be keeping the blog updated as things unfold. I still can't believe that third year ended on such a high note, especially after the last few months. And so, back to packing boxes. Smiling.

Image from http://www.operationsmile.org/


[Incidentally, you can donate to Operation Smile any time!]


10 comments:

Old MD Girl said...

Awesome! Congratulations!

Can you describe what you'll be doing?

Anne said...

Congratulations! I am delighted for you.

Dan said...

Hot damn! Congratulations!

Zazzy Episodes said...

Good job, congrats ABB!

Not Jenny said...

Congratulations! I knew a heap of good Karma was coming your way!

Solitary Diner said...

So exciting. I'm sure it'll be an amazing experience for you. Can't wait to hear more.

Robin J said...

Absolutely fantastic!! I'm so happy to hear this. I can't wait to hear more about what you'll be doing :) And congrats on finishing 3rd year, you're in the home stretch!!!

Allison said...

Congratulations!! This is awesome!! Before I developed thoracic outlet syndrome, this was the NUMBER ONE THING I wanted to do. Can't wait to hear all about it!

PGYx said...

Congratulations for your well-deserved win!

I'd just like to add that if you could get this (and I am NOT surprised!) then you can certainly obtain a residency slot! :-)

nursemd said...

That is so incredibly awesome! I am so happy for you, and I agree with PGYx :).