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Damn you, Kev!

You hit me with this meme. I often ignore being tagged with memes, but because it’s Kev I won’t refuse. It’s also a conveniently quick way to fill blog space while I’m at the AACR Meeting. I was just too tired last night to write anything substantive and utterly crashed at around 10 PM, even though a few of you have been clamoring for me to address this study–patience). I’ll be posting some stuff, but I don’t know if I’ll get around to any detailed analyses until I get back on Thursday. (Of course, if the meeting ends up being dull, I may end up finding one of the wifi hotspots provided by the AACR and blog away. Certainly the weather here in D.C. isn’t looking too promising today; my preferred boredom-fighting alternative, wandering around the city, just doesn’t sound all that appealing if the predictions are correct and there are thunderstorms this afternoon.)

Kev may, however, be disappointed in my answers, though, as I’ve been in the same place a bit too long:

Where Was I One Year Ago?

Pretty much the same place I am now: At an up-and-coming cancer center (which is becoming more established nationally and less the scrappy underdog that it was when I first arrived), doing my research and doing surgery. Of course, a little more than a year ago, I found out that I had successfully gotten my first R01 grant; so that was an important milestone. My blog was in its infancy and drew about 1/10th to 1/5th the traffic that it does now.

Where Was I Five Years Ago?

Uh, I was working for the same cancer center. I was starting to settle in to my new position, having been their a year and a half, but it still felt “new.” Also, I had recently gotten a couple of small seed money grants to get my lab going and was struggling build a modest practice.

Where Was I Ten Years Ago?

I was in the final year of my surgical residency in Cleveland and preparing to start a surgical oncology fellowship in Chicago. By April, I was getting what residents call “Chief-itis” (it’s a lot like “senioritis” for high school seniors, but for chief residents). My wife and I were both a bit sad about our impending move out of Cleveland.

As is traditional, I now have to tag three other bloggers. I tag The Pooflinger, Abel Pharmboy, and Clark. And don’t worry, I’ll get back to my Medicine and Evolution series, as well as looking at a couple of studies that have been sitting as PDF files on my computer, as soon as I get a chance.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]