It honestly seems like just last year that Brady Miller and I sat in my living room and visited about the fact that he had been chosen for the Dale Hansen Scholar of the Week Award. And yet, when I check the date of that article I see that it was written exactly four years ago. How in the world can that be?
In those four years, Brady went off to Texas Tech, graduated in only three years, and applied for medical school. Of course, one applies for med school a year ahead of time so Brady had a year in there to work.
“I actually applied for med school this time last year, and then I spent a year working full time in the ER as a scribe.”
Yes, I had to ask also, and the answer is that a scribe is just what it has always been, but today everything is done electronically while shadowing a doctor and, according to Brady, is a really great experience.
“Basically I documented everything that went on in the exam room and entered it all into the computer. I also sent out consults, like for orthopedic surgery, and do what’s needed all the way down to little things like getting the doctor a bite to eat. I was pretty much a personal assistant in every way, and I learned a lot from the experience.”
Brady applied for medical school through the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service.
“It works about the same as applying for college…you know how you fill out one application, and it goes out to all schools? I did that for medical school, and it went out to seven schools in Texas.”
Once applicants receive an email from this service, they are sent links to secondary websites, which tie back to each individual school.
“I interviewed at all of the schools I applied to, and interview day is an ordeal. It lasts all day, beginning with breakfast, a briefing tour, lunch, and then two separate interviews with faculty members who are usually physicians or people who are doing research at that university.”
By the time he submitted his applications, Brady had lived in Lubbock for several years, graduated from Tech, and had worked a year in a Lubbock ER. When he was accepted to medical school there, he jumped at it.
“I chose Tech because I had done my undergrad work there, and I love Lubbock and the people. I already had friends there and a house there, and not having to move was a great plus. Lubbock has a small-town feel that I enjoy, and the relaxed atmosphere of the university suits me. It is a place where everyone who deserves an A can make an A, and there is no competition among classmates. I like that.”
So there he was, August 3, 2015, Brady Miller…looking his first day of medical school in the eye.
“Yes and no. Everyone tells you at the interviews that being a med student is like drinking out of a fire hose, and that is an extremely accurate analogy. There is a tidal wave of material thrown at you; however, it is also not what I expected because I assumed I would never be able to leave the library. So far, I’m managing to balance school and the rest of my life. It’s incredibly busy and difficult, but I’m making it.”
Having spent a tremendous portion of my life visiting with young people, I knew that the above meant one thing. Brady Miller has met someone special. Of course, I asked.
“I wouldn’t be dating her if I didn’t see the potential in it culminating into more, and I do have classmates with families. Life has to go on whether you are in med school or not. I know people who made school their entire life, and they were miserable. It is not healthy to focus only on school. You have to have a balance.”
Brady will be in classes for the next two years, but those classes vary from day to day and week to week.
“We might be in the lab four days a week as well as attending lectures and other mandatory things throughout the week. For instance, we might be working in an ultrasound lab to learn how to use the machine.”
Once Brady has spent the two years of class-type study and done the appropriate testing, he will be ready to begin his clinicals.
“I will do rotations in general surgery, internal medicine, OBGYN, and all of the basic specialties. During this year, I will have a chance to figure out what I want to do so that in year four I can begin doing rotations in that field. I might do those rotations locally, or I might do them somewhere else. I have a lot more options in year four.”
At the moment, the young man who once won the Dale Hansen Scholar of the Week Award has no idea what his specialty will be.
“My mind changes weekly. About the time I think I have chosen, I’ll see another specialty that peaks my interest. I’ll just have to figure it out as I get closer to the third year. Right now, I’m just trying to keep my head above water.”
Personally, I’m kind of pushing for plastic surgery. It might take him a little longer, but I’m thinking I’ll be ready for some help about the time Brady Miller is ready!