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Medicine, rotations… so many decisions, such little time

I have been on a blog hiatus. 

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. 

ImageGeneral 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. 

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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. 

what’s next?

There is nothing like the day that you interview for medical school. Then there is nothing like the day that you get into medical school. You survive first year and continue to second year. What is the next big thing that happens? Well it apparently happened today in my class. 3rd and 4th year ROTATIONS schedule. This can be exciting, frustrating, and a little intimidating at the same time. Login to your E-value account, click this tab, fill in this button, and hope that your schedule appears.  Since I am a Rural Medical Track student I had a little better idea of what my rotations schedule was going to look like than most of my classmates, but it was still made my heart flutter as I read my schedule on one little piece of paper that is my life in 4 week blocks, 2 mini-internships, 2 vacations, and step 2 board review all in 20 lines.

Tulsa, Enid, Clinton, OKC, Talihina, and wherever the wind may take me for my selectives and electives.

17 days until Spring Break

70 days until 2nd year is over

104 days until COMLEX 1

123 days until rotations.

We can do this. I can do this. “NO MORE classroom!” that’s the thought that will get me through.

thank you Mike, for supporting me through all of this.

This is what is exciting (for the moment) in a 2nd year medical students life. I am sure it won’t be very long until I am wondering what the next exciting moment of life will be. Guess we can plan a vacation now.