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

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!

How I used my voice to make a difference at my school

I believe that as much as we are taught about path/pharm/micro and disease processes and how to work up different patient complaints, our medical education should also include discussions about unconscious bias and how it plays a role in our medical decision making. We all have biases that cause us to automatically think a certain way about a patient the second we walk through the door, and if we don’t recognize them, they can limit or alter the options we offer to our patients. We may also slip and say the wrong things to our patients (microagressions). Our biases can … Continue reading How I used my voice to make a difference at my school