Monday, November 12, 2007

Paging Dr. Gray

Today I got my senior picture taken. (Ahem, that's "senior" as in senior year of medical school, natch....) I got all dressed up in a coat and tie and figured the camera would be loving me. Not so much, as it turned out -- those were some pretty serious bags under my eyes. (Although perhaps someone will work some Photoshop magic on my behalf.) Med school really takes a toll in the appearance department.

But then I thought, maybe this will be a Dorian Gray kind of portrait. As I slog through the stress and sleeplessness of my residency the senior portrait will acquire dark circles under the eyes and a cynical squint, will lose any traces of empathy or exposure to natural light, and perhaps even develop the stooped back of too many 3:00 AM catnaps on a call room sofa. Meanwhile, I will remain perpetually a fresh-faced, well-tanned, idealistic-looking beacon of compassion, while envious fellow residents and admiring attending physicians wonder how I manage to keep that just-out-of-med-school look.

But who am I kidding? My fresh-faced idealistic look was long gone before I even got to medical school. I think my best bet at this point is to try to project a wisdom and maturity gained through hard experience. Or, failing that, try to project a minimal level of wakefulness.



At November 13, 2007 at 8:43 AM , Blogger madame_leiderhosen said...

"Idealism? Paging Ben's idealism.... ah, well. No? Okay, Ben, I'll go get the spray tan. Wait right there.

At November 13, 2007 at 9:48 PM , Blogger Tom said...

When are we going to see 'The Picture of Benjamin Hippen'? (Some people don't know that Blogger has a photo upload facility.)

At November 18, 2007 at 5:53 PM , Blogger Mnmom said...

Yes, I agree, where is the uploaded picture hmm? I always try my sister's trick to hide my multiple chins in photos - it hasn't worked yet. Projecting wisdom and maturity? I'm just happy if I don't have spinach between my teeth and something hanging out of my nose.


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