"They said, 'It looks like a good instrument, but we don't really know anything about it scientifically,'" says Lippy, a fourth-year student at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, a lieutenant in the U. Navy Reserve and an intern at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda.
"I had to go back to the drawing board." Lippy once again reviewed the psychological literature on cultural competence and found an empirically based instrument that satisfied his advisers.
I *miss* him when he's gone--although I do tend to go to the gym and scrub the house down for lack of anything else to do--so at least it's clean and I'm sort of in shape! I guess I'm out of the loop a little bit, because my husband (an academic) is past the hectic student days, and his life is easier in a lot of respects to the lives of my friends that are still slogging through their Ph D. He's gone about once a month (sometimes twice a month) for a couple of days apiece, and I miss him so much when he's gone.
Seriously, I have had, a few time, to remind him that he's not living by himself anymore, and that I would like to see him more than ten minutes at a time really late at night. Luckily, he's only a 2nd year, so it's not as frantic as your husband's postdoc work.. I found the tiniest bottle of vanilla at our local Tesco's--and I think the Sainsbury's carries it--but I did bring a HUGE bottle of it back with me the last time I went over. We've had a few throw-down fights about it, but I always lose because I'm going into the same field and understand that he needs to go.
At one point, my husband flew in from Spain, was home for two days, and then flew out to Poland. When he's the one gone, I can cook the food I like, I can watch programs he loathes in peace, I can leave dirty dishes in the sink for a little bit longer.
It seems to have calmed down a bit, at least through the holidays I hope. The conferences tire him out--but, not as much as they used to. Also, there are a lot of little things to learn to make conferences more pleasant-- having light gear to take when travelling, and that means decent wheelie suitcase, always small bottles for shampoo, etc, a light laptop, perhaps a few teabags and a decent water bottle (I love my nalgene from the us--holds hot or cold! A student who can work at 3 AM is more likely the person who'll survive...
CHOOSING AN INSTRUMENT When it comes to choosing and using instruments, students should take a systematic approach, says Jeffery P.
Focusing on constant little progress helps more than evaluating if a bigger goal has been achieved. One, you realise a bit, just a bit, too late that this is not going to work.
The instrument he had identified seemed ideal because-unlike many of the other instruments he had reviewed--it was designed specif-ically with primary-care physicians in mind.
His advisers didn't agree, noting that information about the instrument's reliability and validity was lacking.
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At first, clinical psychology student Robert Lippy thought he had found the perfect measurement tool for his dissertation on the impact that training and exposure to other cultures have on the cultural competency of the military's primary-care physicians.