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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.


The first weekend of the 2nd year of medical school was a totally different situation than the first weekend of the first year of medical school. There were no questions of what should I be doing? what should  I be studying? Do I have time to do anything but study? None of these things came through my head on Saturday and Sunday. When I went home and packed my bag on Friday night I knew exactly what I needed to go over this weekend and knew that not spending every moment that I was awake studying was okay. It was okay to spend some time with the husband, go for a morning run, make sure I got some sleep so any studying that I did actually counted. Don’t get me wrong I had to study, have to stay caught up, have to work hard, but this year so far the light at the end of the tunnel is not so dim, it is still a very long ways away, but it is believable that this is doable. Having a schedule, having a moment to look up and maybe eat something is so far manageable.

Clinical Problem Solving, Pathology, Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Multicultural health, HP/DP, Rural Medicine, OMM, Clinical Skills, Anatomy TA: this is what second year is about, learning how to apply what I learned last year and learning how to be a physician.

Stay Calm, if not get up and RUN, then try to STAY CALM again….