I am constantly changing my mind about what I want to be when I grow up. People look at me like I am crazy when I tell them I am not 100% sure what I want to be when I grow up. They all automatically think “you are going to be a doctor.” What else is there to think about. Well that list could go on and on.
This past month I have spent working in the newborn nursery, children’s hospital, and daily clinic. Yes, I have worked in all of these places every morning. This was a great way to start off my third year of medical school because this is one thing I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. The continuity of care is amazing in pediatrics. I have seen babies when they are a few hours old, 3 day follow-up, 2 weeks, and possibly 1 month visit. I have gotten to see children for well child checks, sickness, and physicals. I love it that the doctor I have been working with has been seeing some of his patients since they were born and now they are leaving for college.
Medicine is only a brief moment of most people’s lives and this is why you must look at the whole person to make sure that you are taking care of them.
Who knows, every rotation that I do I might think “I could do this for the rest of my life”, but right now pediatrics is still on my list.
Just when you are starting to feel like you might be doing something right, it is time to move on to the next rotation. Rotation and COMAT exams are taken and now I only have one more day to get to see kids all day long. I guess we shall see what the next month has in store for me.
Learning today: you were taught medicine and pathology this way, whereas sickness presents this way.
Unfortunately people don’t walk around with signs on them telling you: this is how I should present in your clinic, and these are the signs and symptoms that really matter. At least sometimes they give us clues.
Guess that’s why I am becoming a doctor, so that one day I will be able to connect the dots.
I needed this tonight. It was a little warm, but it made me feel like I was definitely getting my workout in for today. Managing rotations and marathon training might be a little difficult, but manageable. I just have to stay motivated.
Running is kind of what I do.
Relief of stress, workout, and I live how I feel afterwards.
I might have fallen in love with pediatrics today. This might happen on the first day of every rotation, or not. Actually getting to see real patients with real problems was worth the past two years of classroom work. I also actually knew some of the answers to the questions that our attending was asking us. I also like it when a patient presents the way that the book says they will.
I am sure there will be the ups and downs, being completely exhausted, and everything else that comes with being a medical student, but tonight I will live in this little cloud, keep positive thoughts, and prepare myself for 6 a.m. rounds in the morning.
Monday morning is the beginning of something I have been waiting on for a very long time: The time that I no longer have to sit in a classroom and the beginning of 3rd year clinical rotations.
I have my stethoscope, panoptic ophthalmoscope, “Maxwell’s”, “Practical Guide to The Care of the Medical Patient” pocket book, black pens, pin light, different medical apps loaded on my iphone, and “Sanford’s Guide to Antibiotics”. Should I pack a lunch, do I put snacks in my pockets, do I need a toy since I am going to be on peds? Many, many questions. Guess it will be trial by fire.