Ending on a high note

So, tomorrow is that last day of my last elective in medical school. It’s kind of a non-milestone milestone.  I still have 8 weeks – 4 two week blocks – of selectives left, to say nothing of interviews and matching and the LMCC. It’s not like I’m done with medical school. Still, I found myself…

Post burnout thoughts

So, third year Med school kicked my a**. No use mincing words. I came out of my 5 weeks at the second hospital for Internal in a mentally and emotionally exhausted place. I was stuck in a thought spiral about getting old and dying, of loosing the people I loved to illnesses like the ones…

The Thirteen Core Commandments

So, a new crop of core clerks (third year clerks) are about to start, or perhaps have started already. And if you’re reading this post, you might be one of those clerks making the exciting and scary transition from classroom to hospital.  So, in that vein, from my jaded perspective of a CC4 (passed all…

Dragging on

So, I’m 5 weeks away from being done with core clerkship, and I can’t decide if this year was the longest or the shortest of my life. Honestly, I think it might have been both. Because don’t get me wrong, this year has been long. Last week I was at the hospital for 85 hours….

Psychiatry 

There’s this memory I’ve found stuck in my head lately. I’m 18, 19, perhaps 20. I’ve been let into a locked ward at a mental hospital, still in my work clothes; a skirt I’d never wear now, all long cotton pleats and a yellow and black and white geometric patterned shirt I think I might…

Do what you love

People come into medical school one of two ways; they’ve got some type of medicine they think they really want to practice and med school is either going to prove them right or wrong, or they come in having no idea and are there to figure it out. I’m in the former group.  Picture this;…

The sick patient

Family medicine clinic is somewhat…buffering, as clerk. It’s certainly not as safe as when you are truly an inexperienced first or second year – the understood observer – but still, there is an aspect of safety to it all. The doctor takes the patients with the scary conditions; the cancer diagnosis, the manic depressive having…

2 down and a road trip!

So, I’ve finished two rotations of my core clerkship! Now, I don’t have the marks back yet, but I had my NBME for peds this past Friday and although it was still brutal, I did find it less terrible than surgery, which is something I suppose. And I had enough time to review this time…

Ok for reals guys let’s give this another go ;)

Well, my ambition to be on this blog more often certainly…stumbled a bit, shall we say.  The hours with surgery played a role in this, as did my Mac glitching out and being in for repair (I hate blogging on my phone) but honestly, my absence had a name, and that name was thus; NBME….

It begins…clerkship days 1 and 2

So, like it says on the tin, clerkship has begun; the orthopaedic surgery part of my 2 month surgery rotation, to be exact. Throw back! I was going to make a post yesterday about my first day of clerkship, but given that ortho started at 7am and I was coming off a distinctly more nocturnal…