Medical education is a long and arduous process but I have had the good fortune to receive appropriate guidance from many generous and intelligent individuals along the way. I am putting in two sections here about my medical school and residency application experiences; I hope my experiences may provide some insight and guidance to those of you who may consider or traverse the same path after me.
There are multiple ways to approach things in life and frequently one approach is not necessarily superior to another. The writings presented here are merely my opinions on specific subject matters and it is up to you to draw your own conclusions, preferably after having reviewed other sources with different perspectives.
Lastly, I want to give a deep-seeded gratitude to those that have shown me kindness and given me the knowledge, wisdom, and technical skills to reach my goals. According to an old Mayan proverb, "One can pay back a loan of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind." Although I will always owe you a debt of gratitude, I can start giving back by continuing your tradition of giving to others. John F. Kennedy puts it best when he said, "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
Albert Lin, M.D., in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2007