OCD or good financial stewardship?

Here’s a little snapshot of what my evening has been like so far. Call me crazy but every year’s end, I go through all the previous year’s receipts and statements and organize, label and file them away (probably to never be seen again). It proves helpful should I ever need to go back and look something up, but the process itself is a major time-consuming pain! It always somehow makes me breathe easier though once it’s finished and everything is in its proper place. Guess now it’s time to clean up the mess I’ve made…

Meghan, M.D.

Saturday was graduation.  It was pretty awesome.  It all actually began on Friday with our Senior Banquet.  We got all dressed up and had a fancy dinner at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  That place is sweet.  Then we had a keynote speaker (one of our biochem professors), teachers got some awards, then students got some awards.  Here are some photos from that event (the first two are courtesy of Jon Huskins):

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Then Saturday was the actual ceremony.  We “processed” in, had some speaking, then did the official stuff.  As I went up, my new name, Dr. Meghan Leanne Miller, was read then I was hooded by Dr. Matthews, then I shook the Dean’s hand as he handed me my empty tube that one day soon will house my diploma. (I still have a May rotation and have to write a little paper, but then I get it.)  O, I forgot the part where we all had to get hand sanitizer squirted on our hand so we wouldn’t spread Swine Flu, I mean H1N1 in doctor-speak.  They had sent us an email that we weren’t going to be allowed to shake hands with the Dean and that was going to stink, so I guess they thought this would be safe enough.  Haven’t heard of any outbreaks yet!

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hoodonin reference to the previous post, here is the “distinguished” look of a newly adorned M.D.

There are many more photos of me & so-and-so on Facebook here and here to check out.  Thank you everyone for all your support, encouragement, and prayers.  They were definitely needed!  Now I am on to St. Vincent for a residency in Family Medicine.  I start orientation June 19 and become official on July 1.  Look out sick people, here I come!

My first official speaking engagement

That makes it sound better than it probably actually was, but I had a real powerpoint and everything!  Jordan Huskins and I presented a workshop at the “Your Church and AIDS conference” in Indy last Saturday.  It was a little hectic with closing on Friday and moving on Sunday, but I was pleased with how everything turned out.  I shared some about my time in Gabon and my interactions with AIDS patients and things that they face, Jordan shared from his time in Kenya, and then we brought it home and talked about our experiences in Indianapolis.  We also shared some common perceptions/misconceptions about AIDS as well as brainstormed some of our own obstacles to “dealing with” AIDS in our own neighborhoods and communities, and especially our churches, hence the title of the conference.  I think we were both surprised by the numbers that turned out and one of our admiring fans even snapped some photos (which, I must say was a little awkward since he was sitting about 2 feet away from us) so I can share those with you.  The first one gives a snapshot of the presentation itself, then you see us enthralled with each others’ presenting.

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We will soon be creating an online application form for our speaking services.  Or not.