In Another Dimension 


Joey of Joeyfully Stated asked what field of study I would have pursued if I had not become a doctor.

My undergraduate degree is in Genetics and I had intended when I started out that would get my Ph.D. After doing a few years of research on pea chloroplasts, I realized it was going to be a helluva lot of incredibly boring work for very little payoff. 99% of genetic research is very unsexy as it turns out.

So I decided to go to medical school. I really wanted to get a doctorate level degree because my family had told me I couldn’t. I was a girl, after all. I like sticking it to people who tell me I can’t do something because I am a girl.

In truth, my back up plan in case medical school did not work out (because there was no way in hell I was going back to pea chloroplasts) was to get an MBA somewhere. Something practical. Thank heavens that did not have to happen because I would have been absolutely miserable.

Here is a post I did last year on what would be my dream career: My Alternate Reality


55 thoughts on “In Another Dimension 

  1. Genetic research re women’s reproduction seems to be getting a lot of attention. I have a friend who is heavily involved in Atlanta. That being said, I grew up thinking I wanted to be a Pharmacist, until I had my first chemistry class. ☺

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  2. Your alternate reality is very romantic and a story there! Thanks for sharing how you got behind the white coat. You have had an interesting life…or I mean you are having an interesting life! I used to dream of writing for the National Geographic with Husband as my photographer. All the best to you. I have been behind on reading blogs as I have been working on another writing project. Cheers!

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  3. An MBA? Ha! I think you’d make a great MBA. I laugh because of your current distaste for MBAs. It is certainly complex enough and driven by human emotions (sometimes negatives like greed and selfishness) to be analogous to the human condition. I’ll tell you a little known fact: as much as the MBA is designed to turn value into money, it acts equally well to turn money into value. And that gives it the capacity to work for humanity as opposed to just for the individual.

    All that said, your writing and photography are certainly professional enough to work for National Geographic – in my estimation. Many people switch careers as their lives progress. No reason you can’t. Maybe there isn’t a single activity that is complete enough to satisfy all of you. I used to flip between management and truck driving every few years – neither completely satisfied me but by rotating them I got what I needed. Perhaps you need multiple careers simultaneously. My doctor had an MBA as well as an MD and an engineering degree

    There are a lot of options Victo and as life goes on your desires and curiosity changes focus. You are plenty strong enough to change when you need to – you’re just a young’un yet. 😀

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      • Ha! Yeah, well… The thing is that every profession has its dirty secrets. As a doctor you have access to and knowledge of all kinds of drugs so you could go into distribution with some thought – especially knowing what precautions the authorities take to prevent that. There is a huge market in human body parts and medical tourism to be exploited. Doctors are regularly being scooped up for participating in insurance scams for personal benefit.

        My first degree was in Chemistry and that gave me the knowledge to create drugs or weapons from simple ingredients that can be found in stores. I used to get asked that regularly when I was trucking: “Can you make amphetamines?” Of course I can but I won’t. When I was trucking I was constantly asked to smuggle contraband across the border. Some guys I know are still in jail for that. For instance a trip to Boston hauling fish from Nova Scotia would pay about $2,000. Burying 20,000 pounds of swordfish under the load would get you $1 a pound or $20,000 for the same load – 2 days work. Could I? Yes. Would I? No.

        As an MBA,the guy who sat next to me in class for two years during the course, spent the next two years sitting in a penitentiary for acts of fraud against the government (he was a computer consultant and in conspiracy with an inside gov’t person, he fraudulently billed the gov’t for services not rendered, and then split the loot with the inside guy). Can I make a company appear profitable when it is losing money? You bet but I won’t.

        There’s dirt in every profession Victo, and there’s also caring and humanity in every profession – the person gets to decide which they wish to pursue.

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  4. I like sticking it to people who tell me I can’t because I’m a girl too. I can do this while enjoying chivalry as well.
    I loved genetics in high school. So much, I took two classes as an elective. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the math ability to match my pursuit of that particular pleasure. I don’t know that I would’ve enjoyed making it to pea chloroplasts. It’s hard to say, isn’t it?
    Thanks for answering my question. 🙂

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  5. One of my blogpals can wax quite lyrically about genetics, her first degree too, as I recall.

    As for an MBA, it wasn’t that boring. I did a managing health services qualification too (separate). It’s not really the subject of the degree though, unless you do vocational-specific ones, it’s what we do with the learning and knowledge and experience we have acquired on the way.

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  6. I love your alternate career! Looking at your wonderful photographs, you could easily achieve this (though perhaps your husband might be irritated by the affairs with dark men…) I think you are right about genetics – like forensic science, most of it is just tedious unless you find something amazing. My alternate career was to be a writer or a speech therapist. I can tick the writer box but still long for a paramedical career.

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  7. I like your alternate lifestyle. There is a short story about a documentary film maker in my next collection. I love your writing, hmm.. I’ll bet you can’t publish a novel, you know, because you’re a girl. (Ducking and weaving as I run.)

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  8. I’ve done some genetic research myself. Well, actually I’ve just studied how people make babies. Okay, in reality I’ve just watched internet porn. But unlike your experience, this genetic research was very sexy.

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  9. I like your vision of NG photography, Victo. Any good occupation ought to have creativity and a measure of autonomy as components. Most jobs don’t, but people manage by socializing. I count myself very fortunate in my two careers, naval officer and aerospace engineer. Both were a good mix. I can’t say I planned it that way, I just fell into it. “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.” The last thing I would have wanted would be something chasing money for money’s sake, e.g., banking and stocks. I have always been surprised at how the cream of the nation’s scholastic elite seems to go into such things.

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  10. I love that you accomplished what you set out to do. I love your perseverance. And I love that you didn’t do genetics if that was not what you were led to do. You taught your parents that no one tells you you cannot succeed in what you want to and you still do beautiful photography!!!!
    There is a woman in Canada who has is a research scientist, geneticist. I wondered what she did to get to where she was. She has studied my case for years. Did a case study on me. Everyone has their niche and I am glad you found yours.

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  11. I’ve always been interested in genetics because my dad has Stargardt’s disease, so we grew up knowing about genetics and scrutinising any new information about gene therapy. I used to think genetics would be an interesting field of study, and even spent some time in a paediatric genetics clinic which I assumed would be wonderful, but it actually was soul-destroyingly boring!

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  12. Good choice for an alternative career! Think of all the places you would go! I was not totally enamored of research, but did it because teaching at a college/university level is really what I wanted to do and it was part of the job, although not much valued. However, if you count the money I brought to the university for each student I taught (FTEs), I brought in more money than my grants. Too bad no one ever saw it that way.

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