Jeff Wonoprabowo -- Hello, everyone. My name is Jeff. I don’t think I’ve ever been great at introductions. I’ve always preferred meeting someone while doing something. It seems easier -– more casual. I always cringed when a teacher or group leader insisted that everyone in the room take turns to say hello, introduce themselves, and then say something interesting about themselves. It just felt kind of forced. I remember mentally scrambling for something to say before it was my turn. What can I tell them that is unique about me, but at the same time won’t make me sound like a total oddball?
But I’ll try my best; so here goes. I was born and raised in Southern California. In high school I enjoyed English, history, and Physics. I didn’t enjoy Biology (no interest in plants) or mathematics (didn’t see how it was applicable to my career). During high school, my mom also pulled me aside and told me she didn’t want me to go into medicine because she worried I wouldn’t have time for my family.
After high school, I attended Walla Walla College (now Walla Walla University) in Walla Walla, Washington. When I began college I was a computer engineering major, but I switched majors during my sophomore year. I ended up receiving a B.S. in Bioengineering with a minor in mathematics. I have just completed my first year at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and I should be graduating from medical school in 2011. In the free time that I do have, I enjoy playing basketball, ping pong, tinkering with my computer, reading, watching movies, and practicing martial arts. I also write on my personal blog at JeffreyMD.com.
It would be foolish for me to think that my experiences in medical school are unique. So many students are currently going through the same things (and a few have been so eloquently writing about it here), and many, many more have gone through it before me. But maybe I can share with you my perspectives on my journey. And hopefully, somewhere in the words that I type, there will be something that will have made the post worth writing and your time worth spending here.
Welcome to the Differential! I look forward to reading your posts. And congratulations on having the most difficult to pronounce last name in the Differential crew. :)
Posted by: Kendra | Jun 24, 2008 5:24:07 PM
lol. thanks, Kendra. An intern saw my name tag wondered what my patients would call me. I'm kinda curious too.
Posted by: Jeff | Jun 24, 2008 7:59:42 PM
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Posted by: Jeff | Jun 25, 2008 8:26:01 PM
Personally, I am looking forward to revisiting the pre-clinical years - its joys and sorrows - through you. Personally, I think bioengineering and medicine are a perfect match...
Posted by: thomas | Jun 26, 2008 9:07:22 AM
Yeah, I think bioengineering and medicine can go very well together. I noticed you have a PhD in that area.
Anyways, thanks for the welcome. And I'll try to do the pre-clinical years justice as I write about it.
Posted by: Jeff | Jun 26, 2008 9:43:14 AM
hi, i smirked when i read kendra's comment. welcome, i've been reading the differential since my first year. btw i wonder whether your parents has the same motherland with me :) but uh ... sorry, i went too personal, perhaps, nvm. well, seems like we'll read many astonishing daily 'reports' from you. good luck!
Posted by: inda_ardani | Jun 27, 2008 6:52:32 AM
Inda, I think you might be right about my last name :) don't worry, not too personal.
Posted by: Jeff | Jun 27, 2008 2:11:17 PM
I just finished my 5th year of Med school at Loma Linda's sister school in Mexico--Montemorelos University! Wow! It's so great to see someone from Loma Linda writing on The Differential! Really cool! Are you SDA?
Well, I'm about to start my internship in my home country, Jamaica. I start in September, so I'm on a little break right now. I'm REALLY excited! A friend of mine just finished up at LLU and (I think) has already started her residency. I've also got friends from WWU--some of the professors there are friends of my mom. Small world indeed!
I look forward to reading more of your blogs!
Posted by: Karla | Jul 2, 2008 8:19:09 AM
Hi Jeff, nice to see you at this awesome medical site where everything about medical life showed off here...i also would like to introduce myself, my name is Albert Prasetya, i was born at Purwokerto, Central Java, Indonesia. Now i'm in my last rotation, just one step more to graduate and become a doctor. But somehow, medical education is one of the most fascinating experience that no other discipline has. I'm looking forward for your posts Jeff...
Posted by: Albert | Jul 2, 2008 9:24:03 AM
Posted by: marwa | Jul 2, 2008 2:35:48 PM
Karla - LOL. I guess it is a small world. Yup, I'm SDA. I'm guessing you are too, then? How long is the program at Montemorelos? Six years?
Albert - Apa kabar? Sorry. Unfortunately my Indonesian isn't very good. Are you attending medical school in Indonesia?
Marwa - Thanks for the welcome :)
Posted by: Jeff | Jul 3, 2008 1:15:19 AM
welcome to the diff.
Posted by: rina | Jul 3, 2008 2:27:30 PM
Hi jeff! welcome to the diffrential!
As what inda have said before, your last name is so interesting. And as you might have guess, me too attend med school in indonesia. :)
well, looking forward for your next posts!
Posted by: ndit | Jul 3, 2008 6:24:41 PM
Hey Jeff. Congrats on being a blogger for the differential! Its good to finally have some LLU representation here. Good luck!
Posted by: doctajay | Jul 4, 2008 1:45:53 AM
welcome Jeff with as anew and active friend
Posted by: marwa | Jul 4, 2008 3:32:48 AM
I'm currently just finished my 2nd year of the standard 5 year medical degree in Dublin, Ireland! We'll be graduating in the same year- seems far away doesn't it? Looking forward to following your journey as it progresses with mine!
Posted by: Sinéad | Jul 4, 2008 5:42:55 AM
rina and ndit - Thanks for the welcome. Good to see so many Indonesians on here. I'm sure it'd be interesting to see how the curriculum in Indonesia compares with here in the US.
doctajay - thanks! are you posting from overseas?
marwa - thank!
Sinead - Apologies for not knowing how to put that symbol over the 'e' ... thanks. best of luck to you. can't wait till we march in 2011!
Posted by: Jeff | Jul 4, 2008 4:22:58 PM
Hi Jeff! I think you did well with the self introduction. I wish i can introduce myself that way.I am an SDA and you? I am in 4th year in Medical School in University For Development Studies(Ghana).later Colleague!
Posted by: Hannah Konadu Peprah | Jul 5, 2008 4:44:44 PM
Hi Hannah. Yes, I am a SDA as well. Is your program a 4 year program? If so, must be exciting to be graduating soon! All the best to you in your 4th year!
Posted by: Jeff | Jul 5, 2008 10:33:05 PM
Actually, your last name are interesting for me. ups... :p
I suggest you'll became a good doctor.
Compare bioengineering and medicine?? why not?!?!?
Posted by: Ramdlani Y. Abbas | Jul 17, 2008 5:13:24 AM
Late as I am. A warm welcome! (I'm not a fan of hugs)
I have been more of a silent reader and less of one to give an input. I decided to change that for a bit. Of late, I'm giving my input.
Looking forward to seeing more of you here. :)
Posted by: Kareema | Jul 22, 2008 11:35:44 PM
Do not get me wrong, however from an overall perspective, I will belatedly like to acknowledge your resourcefulness and distinction in being one of the pioneers of such an idea that is stimulating and informing many medical students and prospective health professionals around the world.
I believe you will make an excellent MD and I wish
you all the best for this commitment. Do not let anything leave you short of recognizing this gift of yours which has been valued and is now put into use. Stay strong and confident.
Posted by: Edward | Jul 29, 2008 2:18:12 AM
I fell for you on the introduction of self part,I am studing in the Dominican Republic "UNIBE", Class 2011. Looking foward to reading your post.
I miss my Indonesian Friends back in Columbus OH.
Posted by: Sammy | Aug 2, 2008 1:12:52 AM
Hi Jeff, enjoyed reading your blog. what advice can you give to a mom whose daughter has just started med school and is stressing out when it has has only been less than a month of school. Like your Mom, I used to discourage my daughter when she was talking about going to med school because of all the pressure and now it hurts me to hear her so unhappy and stressed!
Good luck and hope to hear from you soon.
Posted by: asha gid | Aug 24, 2008 12:22:04 AM
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