My name is Joshua J. Wilburn and this is the first entry in my medical school blog, and this is also one of my first blogs every, oddly enough. Back in December of 2009, I was accepted to Mercer University School of Medicine and thusly achieved one of my primary life goals. It took a lot of hard work, and cash lots and lots of cash (on prep courses), to achieve this goal but it paid-off. I have a lot of folks to thank: yvony, my family, friends, teachers, and most of all God, because I now firmly believe this was his purpose in giving my all the tools I'll need to be a doctor.
The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my journey from the months leading up to the start of med school, through school, residency, and beyond. I'll probably cover a lot of topics ranging from yvony yvony (my beautiful fiancee), to medical science, and even a little philosophy on the side.
Life is funny. Growing up, I never thought the medical field was for me. Mostly because I had visited clinics and hospitals regularly both for my self and to visit others, and nothing about what the people did there really appealed to me. I loved science "stuff" growing up, microscopes, detective kits, astronomy books, and even found quantum mechanics interesting. Running around from one hospital room to another really didn't seem as cool as black holes.
It wasn't until high school, and a few classes in health care careers that I started to warm up to scrubs and prescription pads. It was one chance encounter with the story of a young girl with epilepsy and how group of doctors (one of them being the famed Dr. Ben Carson) were able to give her hope for a normal life that chanced my outlook on medicine and ignited a fire within me to make to world a better place through the medical profession.
It's been a long time since 10th grade, but it will be longer still to finish both med school and residency. I have a barge load of drive and ambition behind me coupled with determination and an enduring spirit. That and the love and my fiancee and family, I know will be enough to carry me through to the end.