After 3.5 years of very hard work, my thesis committee gave me the go ahead to move on and give my thesis seminar. After begging my mom and step dad to bring my sister and fly all the way from California to come to my seminar, they finally agreed. My mom got over (took some serious pills) her paralyzing fear of flying and they came. It was so amazing to be able to give my talk to a room full of my collegues, family, and friends. I was so touched by how many of them took the time to come to my seminar.
I was very proud of my accomplishments and had a lot of fun giving my seminar. Admitidly, it was very difficult to hand my project over. It was my life’s work, but I feel very lucky to be handing it over to a very motivated and bright graduate student who I believe will bring the project great places.
It’s such an amazing feeling to complete a PhD (or at least the work necessary for a PhD- I still have to write the rest of my thesis out). I really am an authority on something and had a ton of people coming to me for advice. Now, I’ve started back in the clinics and know nothing. I’m the least knowledgeable of everyone on the team and that is an interesting place to be. Jed calls this my “last mountain”, and he’s probably right. I look forward to the challenge ahead, but for now, enjoy my first triump in my quest for an MD-PhD!