A creative intercalated experience
- By: Alex J Hamilton
Medicine is my lawful wedded wife, and literature my mistress. When one gets on my nerves, I spend the night with the other…neither loses anything by this duplicity. Anton Chekhov, when questioned about being a writer and a doctor
Intercalated bachelors degree? Fine. Picking a course? Well, no problem. Project? My stomach churned. I despaired, shuddering with nausea at the prospect of a lab project, pinching away the numbness of a library project, and quashing the hopeful glimmer of a clinical project.
PubMed searches filled me with fear. Papers were not my cup of tea. And as for writing one, I couldn't imagine anything more soul destroying. What did I find so horrifying about the project? After all, the career possibilities were good: research, publication in scientific journals, laboratory experience, and so on. I felt that the intercalated degree itself was important, not just the project. Is “An obscure receptor