*Long post, lots of updates!* The past two weeks have actually been pretty busy despite not being on clinical rotations. I’m actually very thankful that I don’t have clinical rotations going on because it’s been nice having the flexibility to … Continue reading Post-Match Adulting
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!
So, this will probably be the last you hear of me for 2018 because I’m traveling to Nigeria in 2 days and will be there for the rest of the year. Unfortunately, this is also going to be a short … Continue reading Going, going, gone!
I’ve been so all over the place these past few weeks and haven’t been able to sit and update my blog. As of late, when I get free time, I’m wrapped up in Michelle Obama’s new book, Becoming (amazing!). At this … Continue reading Interview season continues
It finally hit me that third year was ending earlier this week when I was writing a patient note and my name read Ijeoma Okoye, SMS (senior medical student) instead of JMS as it had all year. To be honest … Continue reading Third year is almost over!
Congratulations to all of the recent graduates! From High school, college, various health professional schools, etc. It’s not easy. If you’re done with school forever, I definitely envy you. This post is for college students, recent college grads who aren’t … Continue reading How to make the most of your summer(s)
My internal medicine rotation is off to a pretty good start! I’m 2 weeks in now. I’m working at our VA hospital taking care of patients with complicated past medical histories. All of the patients that our team has taken on since I’ve been here are older men–many with poor lifestyle choices that have led them to where they are now. I’m slowly learning some of the many algorithms for treating COPD, heart failure, and kidney injuries. Since I’ve started, I have definitely grown more confident in my management plans for my patients, and become more comfortable being wrong. No … Continue reading Update: Life on internal medicine
When I signed up for 2 weeks of Trauma surgery in my third year, I just knew it was going to be action packed. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and be pushed to work under pressure. … Continue reading Trauma Surgery: Expectations vs. Reality
In third year, you lose control of your schedule and are left at the mercy of your attending and residents. With the early mornings and early evenings, by the time I get home, I only have a few hours to … Continue reading How to be the most efficient with your study time