Update: MICU rotation

Turns out I’m ending 4th year on a more somber note than I expected. I really didn’t know what to expect from a Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) rotation this time last year when I was scheduling it as my last rotation. I’m two of four weeks in and to say it’s been sad would be an understatement. Before this rotation, I had never been faced with so much sickness and death in a short span of time. I’d only had one patient die since starting my clinical rotations. But the patients in the MICU are so sick; many of … Continue reading Update: MICU rotation

And now we wait…

Last week, four days ago to be exact, was the deadline for the submission of our rank order list to the NRMP (National Residency Match Program). At this point, there is officially nothing else we as applicants can do but wait until match week. It’s an interesting feeling for me though because for the past 3.5 years, I’ve been doing everything I can to be the best student I could be. I’ve worked hard in the classroom, led organizations and volunteered in the community, studied my butt off for STEP1/2, plastered on my best smile on for my clinical rotations, … Continue reading And now we wait…

It’s OK to hit reset on 2019

Is it me or was January an extremely long month? It feels like we’re already halfway through 2019. Then again, my mind is so focused on my graduation and becoming a doctor that I’m practically already in May. At any rate, a new month is always a good time to revisit our year-long goals, and also make more specific ones for the month itself. If you feel like you carried some things into the new year that you should have left in 2018, now is a good time to reset and refocus. And you’re definitely not alone. To be completely … Continue reading It’s OK to hit reset on 2019

Update: Ambulatory Medicine Rotation

To start off for those who don’t know, ambulatory medicine = outpatient medicine. This rotation at my school is 4 weeks and it’s with the Internal Medicine department. Some of my classmates that are at regional campuses are working with one doctor doing only one aspect of Internal med–nephrology for example. I’m doing the rotation at the main hospital at my institution along with 10-15 other med students, so our experience is a little more mixed. On the first day we all got schedules that detailed our clinic assignments for each day of the week. Every morning and afternoon, I’m … Continue reading Update: Ambulatory Medicine Rotation

Last Stretch!

It’s officially the end of my vacation block and time for me to start doing real work again. I have 2 more rotations to complete before the end of my duties as a medical student! Tomorrow begins my Ambulatory Medicine clerkship, which will be made of smaller rotations through various Internal Medicine clinics such as Pulmonology, Rheumatology, Nephrology, etc. I’ve definitely enjoyed my time off, but I’m ready to get back into the workflow again because the sooner I start, the sooner I finish, and your girl is ready to be DONE! I guess I’m also looking forward to the … Continue reading Last Stretch!