Thank you for your post.
Yes, you can automatically put yourself into Edit mode on the desired layout. Have as a startup script the following steps:
Go to Layout [ <desired layout> ]
Enter Browse Mode 
Go to Record/Request/Page [ First ]
Go to Field [ <field with value list> ]
Commit Records/Requests [ No dialog ]
This should get you pointed in the right direction.
A problem that's been dogging me for months.