Anesthesiology rotation. This is an important rotation. It is important to add this information to my medical knowledge, especially since I am going to be performing surgery in my future career. I remember learning pharmacology two years ago. Why didn’t this information stay in my brain. Local anesthetics, general anesthesia medication, volatile gases, nondepolarizing versus depolarizing agents. Fasiculations, what’s that? I really need this information to stick!
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It has been a long time since I had to make charts to remember drugs, but I guess it worked for pharmacology. Hopefully it will work for this rotation.
I was told a few years ago, “4th year of medical school is a magical place.” Well finally with 10 weeks of rotations left I might actually agree with this statement.
The first half of fourth year is very stressful and little sleep happens. You work your tail of at all of your audition rotations as so that you discover how well you fit with the program and the residents. These are the people that you are going to be spending the good majority of the next 4+ years of your life with.
Well interviews have come and gone. The “interview trail” is over. I am back at home for good. I have 10 weeks left of being a medical student.
The rotation that I started on Monday is great. I have never done an anesthesia rotation, so this is a new experience, new things to learn, new people to work with, and hours that I definitely cannot complain about. I am at work before the sun comes up, but it is worth it. Spending the majority of my medical school education on the sterile side of the sheet, I am now getting a different perspective of surgery and the surgical patient. Also even though pharmacology still makes me cringe, learning about all the medications used for anesthesia and the process of anesthesia is a very interesting subject and fun. The doctor and CRNAs that I am working with are pretty amazing too. There has been good medical knowledge being gained and good life lessons being observed and learned this month.
It doesn’t matter what field of medicine I am rotating in and learning about each rotation I still ask myself, “will I ever know as much? be as good as? be a good resident? one day, a good attending?”
Knowing that the “Match” happens in 26 days is a bit stressful, but fortunately I am enjoying the rest of my fourth year.
So match day for the class of 2013 has come and gone! DO and MD match. Does this mean that the real countdown to the end of medical school has begun?
So many fourth years tell you to enjoy your third year because fourth year becomes a pile of paperwork. All I have to say is thank goodness for e-mail and apps that convert a picture to a pdf. When setting up audition rotations I think I have been asked for everything except my signature in blood:
1. Letter of Good Standing from School
2. A copy of Medical School Transcript
3. Letter from Department Head, Indicating applicant and dates of rotation
4. Medical Malpractice Insurance
5. Driver’s License and/or Passport
6. CPR/BLS Certificate
7. Background Check
8. Your Full SS#
9. Your Date of birth
10. Immunization record
11. TB test results
12. Short biography (who you are? where you went to undergraduate? family status? future practice interest? hobbies? favorite activities? what do you like about their state/program/school?)
13. Do you need housing? (at least they want to make sure you have a place to live)
I am sure that this list will get bigger as my rotations get closer and more EMRs go live at different locations.
Eight weeks of rotations left of third year. Guess I really do have to make up my mind what I want to be when I grow up.
Spending 4 weeks in OB/GYN was amazing. Besides learning, delivering babies, assisting with C-sections, and surgeries, actually getting to be part of bringing another life into the world was one of the most exhilarating things ever. The first time parents lives are being changed forever when that new little life comes into the world!
photo credit: @medstudentlife and @debbieeibbed
I also discovered how near and dear to my heart women’s health actually is.
So after an amazing month I think I really do have a top 3 now.
I am not sure how much the things I love are influenced by the doctors that I am with. These doctors work long hours, love what they do, and seem to enjoy their home lives and be honestly happy. I know I have other rotations where I will be with other physicians that do the same thing and hopefully I will figure out if these 3 different medical professions and lifestyles biased my decision because how amazing the doctors I first encountered these specialties with or if they are really as amazing as I think they are right now!
Whatever happens I need to make up my mind, the time had come I need to be thinking about audition rotations being set up and finishing up my fourth year schedule.
These past 6 months/7 rotations have flown by; fourth year will be here before I know it.
Yes, that is what the third year of medical school has done to me. Not only have I not lived at home now for 6 weeks, I have been averaging 4- maybe 6 hours of sleep if I am lucky of sleep, and loving every single day of it. Well that is until I am trying to read at night and find myself falling asleep in my books.
I am unfortunately (or fortunately?) one of those medical students that has loved every rotation that I have done so far. Some more than others, but seeing the importance of rotating through the primary cares and seeing why having some understanding of these aspects of medicine as I move throughout my medical career is important.
General surgery month: I scrubbed and was first assits on 57 cases in 4 weeks, but who’s counting right? Being pimped, reading, rounding on patients at 5 a.m., “being given the opportunity” to be WRONG & learn from it, and seeing how happy patients are after they recover from their surgies were all great aspects of my surgery month. Of course the happy part of medicine has to be accompanied by the sad part too: the dying patient, the breaking bad news about surgical findings to a patient & their family, and the patient that is done fighting the cancer. Experiences that are important to see and learn to deal with professionally and personally.
I am having some problems narrowing down what I want to be when I grow up; you know besides a doctor. But after last month of general surgery and the first week of OB/GYN I think I would be more than happy to spend the rest of my life as an OB/GYN, taking care of women’s basic healthcare and gynecological surgical needs. I still have 3 weeks left of this core rotation, but after scrubbing in & assisting on my first C-section yesterday and getting to be the person that caught the babies from 2 vaginal deliveries I strongly think I could do this the rest of my life.
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.
Last Tuesday officially marked the end of two years of book work, sleepless nights of studying for exams, and the classroom education to becoming a physician. On July 1st a new chapter begins: clinical rotations.
Looking back at the past two years I think I can officially say that it was the longest and the shortest two years of my life. From the first day of endless printing and crying about how there is absolutely NO way I could possibly learn or maybe even read all of this information, to meeting some of the best friends I have ever had, learning that it is possible to learn a ton of information, have some kind of social life, stay in a committed and loving marriage, and the minimal amount of sleep that I actually need to feel like a human being the next day and pass an exam.
COMLEX boards were the beast that had to be overcome before I could have a very tiny summer break. Trying to keep up with Doctors in Training during the semester, COMBANK, and the other Q-banks, plus perform well in my actual classes proved to be a difficult task. I managed to, well sorta. And to top things off a solid month of 8-14 hour days of studying. I would just like to thank my husband for putting up with me through all of this, thank the girl that made sure I had a stress outlet to discuss boards with, the guy that sent me so many questions to test my knowledge and for all the love, prayers, support, and encouragement that so many people provided me.
Vacation with the husband and parents has proven to be a much needed stress relief and fun.
I will be learning and working hard for the rest of my life, but I am so glad that the past two years are behind me. The next two years are going to be hard and challenging, but I am so excited to actually get to see medicine in action.
I sing this to myself as I am running. “just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming….” thanks Dorie (Finding Nemo).
After having this duck given to me today after listening to residents, the residency director, and coordinator of NW Residency program talk to our school today, I decided I need to “keep swimming” for the rest of this semester and through boards. Then maybe I can float for a couple weeks in June and get back to swimming in July.