Pomp and (Magical?) Circumstance


May 19, 2012 by drandmrso

Yesterday was the final day. The crowning achievement. The culmination of four years of Dr’s incredible hard work and dedication to learning the field of medicine. It was graduation day, and I could not have been a prouder wife.

Yesterday also provided the final item to cap off my list of Top 10 Reasons why Going to Medical School is Exactly Like Going to Hogwarts:

  1. Houses: At least at this particular university’s medical school, the students are divided into four houses. The houses compete at various points throughout the year and wear their house t-shirts with pride. There’s even a House Cup for heaven’s sake! (Dr was in the equivalent of Gryffindor, of course)
  2. Hogsmeade and Butterbeer: Adventures into town were a treat during the students’ demanding, studious years. They often traveled in packs and, yes, it was almost always snowing. Of course they also had the great good fortune of enjoying copious amounts of (butter)beer.
  3. Magic: The medical and surgical skills that today’s doctors learn in med school are about as close to magic as otherwise mere muggles can achieve.
  4. Robes: Scrubs. White coats. Need I say more?
  5. The Triwizard Tournament: Every year at this university, the medical school and the law school compete in the Dean’s Cup. Albeit two groups of competitors rather than three, the competition is just as challenging and entertaining. The contestants enter their names for harrowing contests such as ping-pong, golf, flag football, baking, video gaming, and Euchre! Clearly the law students are from Durmstrang.
  6. The Yule Ball: Just as in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the intense competitions are capped off by a grand dance. In our case, it’s the Malpractice Ball–a formal affair with evening gowns, dancing, and (one year) even a stripper! But that’s a story for another day.
  7. Super gross stuff: Remember when Ron puked up slugs? Well, I think Dr’s classmate put it best when he recommended to future medical students starting the labor and delivery rotation this simple advice: shoe covers.
  8. OWLs and NEWTs: Obviously medical school is fraught with exams. But in an unsurprising parallel, there are two sets, the Step 1 and Step 2 board exams, that all med students have to pass before graduation. I’ll admit that the wizardly names are much more creative. Maybe they should start calling the Step 2’s “DubStep” instead. Just throwing out ideas here.
  9. The Sorting Hat: Perhaps the most direct correlation of them all. When medical students finish medical school they aren’t done. Typically not even close to done. They still have years of residency training ahead of them. But how do they choose where to complete that training? They don’t! A mysterious system called The Match essentially chooses for them. On one fateful day in March each year, every fourth-year med student in the country finds out where they matched. At this university, students are called up at random to the front of a room full of their peers and loved ones, open an envelope, and discover and read out loud where they are headed next. I swear I heard one girl whispering “not Slytherin…anything but Slytherin…” as she passed by on her way up to the stage.
  10. Graduation Attire: Never have I seen such a wizardly assortment of long black robes, fancy hats, velvet in every color imaginable, purely aesthetic hoods, and ornate flags. If you thought undergraduate commencement was Harry Potter-esque, go see a doctoral commencement. It’s downright Dumbledorian.

Congratulations, class of 2012! Go out there into the world and show everyone all the magic you’ve learned.

Disclaimer: I’m sure lots of these terms are probably trademarks or copyrighted by J.K. Rowling. I mean no harm in using them–just sincerest admiration.


One thought on “Pomp and (Magical?) Circumstance

  1. Dan says:

    Admit it. You’ve been using DubStep ever since Mike started studying for them, haven’t you?

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