The Inspirational Candle – We all need one!

“Keep The Inspirational Candle Burning” – Picture taken from

As I look at my calendar, two very disturbing ferrets posing among flower pots glare back at me … but aside from the scary little rodents, I can’t help but notice that it is already MAY and there are literally only 17 more days until school is over! 2014 will have officially completed their first year of school, and 2013 will move on to their rotations. Time does not stop for anyone, and I think it’s important to be reminded of just how valuable you are to every person you will help in your profession. So, I decided to ask Dr. DiMeo if he could reflect and give students some advice for after they are finished with their first year of Medical School, this is what he had to say:

“What a difference a day/year makes. The person that walked thru these doors in August is gone and the first metamorphosis into being a physician is under way. The days and weeks were long but the year went fast. Realize that the stress and anguish that you go thru is normal. Nothing that is worthwhile is easy and if it were easy more people would do it. The dedication required to become a physician is one of the reasons our profession is so respected. You should feel proud of what you accomplished even if it all does not make sense yet. Keep the inspirational candle burning and carry the knowledge from your first year forward as it is the foundation for the future training.”

I believe that Dr. DiMeo’s advice is something that we can all glean from. We each experience our own trials and tribulations, but at the end of the day, month, or even year, it’s those same challenges that have resulted in changing YOU into a stronger, more knowledgeable individual who is ready to face the next challenge in life. If ever you are in need of a reminder, just look in the Office of Academic Support window, we’ve got our own Inspirational Candle burning for you!


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