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.