To all about to see these letters, greetings.

So, I’m a doctor now. I’ve spent a lot of time moving towards this goal: about a third of my life spent in post graduate education moving towards getting this one piece of paper.  But, surprisingly, I spent very little of that time actually imagining what it would feel like to finally get there.  …

Anticipation

I like anticipation. I’ve found, as I get older, I enjoy anticipation more.  Christmas is the obvious example: you have all the build-up, all the the time and thoughts spent on that one day and then … it comes. And goes. That too, is another thing I’ve found as I get older.  The more you…

Winning Silver

So, I spent a little more than 2 weeks thinking about how to make this post.  Two weeks that, in many ways for many reasons, most good and some bad, felt much much longer.  I’ve talked here before about how I love OB/GYN, and that was the residency I was hoping to match to. I…

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…

Running down the clock

So, this is the picture that our two school Facebook groups now has as a cover photo: We’re 2 month from the end of second year, and we’re all running on empty.  I’ve got an exam this Monday, and while I’m certainly studying, it is incredibly hard to put up any motivation for this exam,…

The end of an era

So, by this past Saturday morning at 10:35 am, I had completed my second year OSCE, and with it, my clinical skills sessions for medical school. The OSCE actually went really well, I think – maybe I really am getting the hang of this ‘med school thing’ 😉 and it was surprisingly anxiety free for me…

1000 words worth a picture: Amsterdam and an empty house

Amsterdam was a surprise destination for me.  I was never really on my ‘dream travel list.’  But because I’d booked my last spring trip so late in the year, the London, Paris and Amsterdam trip was one of the only Contiki trips that was still available and fit in that time period.  So, without much…

1000 words worth a picture: my first atlantic flight and london

So, it occurred to me last night that I wasn’t quite satisfied with how I’ve shared my travel experiences here yet.  Because of technology and wifi restrictions on the trip, I’d settled for more pictures over words, supposing that as a picture can say a 1000 words, more pictures was better.  I added a bit…

Courting the unknown

I am not particularly a person who delights at the thought of the unknown.  To be sure, I’m not adverse to it – my travel history and plans can attest to that – but still, I thrive best when I have some sort of plan, routine or order (hence why Contiki is so appealing to…