Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Day 2385: On to the next one.

Neurology has come and gone. The rotation here is...not the best. You round forever. From 8:30am until whenever all the patients are covered. I was very lucky to have attendings that were excellent teachers and very eager to do so. Nevertheless, the rounding was long, the time on my feet was long, and the amount of neurology I learned didn't nearly correlate to the amount of time I was on my feet. But. It's over. I learned a lot about stroke, which is near and dear to my heart given that my grandfather died of a stroke when I was six years old.

My neuro exam today was fine. Aren't all my exams fine? I have decided I am an exceptionally average test-taker so I am sure I scored average-ly on this exam. On to the next one, as the post title suggests!

What is my next rotation? Psych. I, not so jokingly, hope I get attacked on this rotation. I do not foresee my career heading towards psychiatry, so, like my past two rotations, I hope to get as much out of this month as possible. And that means getting all the crazies in front of me!

Let's see if I blog again before this month ends. Who knew it was easier to blog about studying and books than actual clinical learning?

Monday, August 12, 2013

Day 2370: With clinical learning comes less blog posts...


Okay, so this is going to be short and sweet. My Ob/Gyn rotation ended on Saturday, with my final 24-hour-call shift. It was nice to end it with the second-year resident I did my first call with.

Let's see...I have my Shelf exam (basically a test given by the same company/organization that created my Step 1/boards exam) tomorrow morning. Then, my classmates and I (whom I love and adore; I realize now how lucky we seven were to really like each other and get along!) are heading out to Lake Michigan to hang out on one of our classmate's dad's 30-foot fishing boat!

Memories from Ob/Gyn:
  • I delivered a heroin baby in late July. The mother used heroin and cocaine throughout the pregnancy and her beautiful baby girl was delivered in our hospital. (Un?)Fortunately, the mother left her baby in the hospital and our hospital social workers got involved to get that sweet baby girl the home she deserves.
  • My first c-section was for twins! At 26 weeks! (14 weeks before term, eep!) The mom was super sweet and those babies are slowly but surely getting bigger and better every day.
  • I actually really enjoyed working with most of the Ob/Gyn residents. You hear the horror stories about these residents being b!tches and it was nice to see that that is just a fallacy. Or at least wasn't true on my rotation.
  • I think surgery really bores me. I don't feel the desperate need to cut as other more surgery-friendly people do. I really enjoy procedures -- suturing, etc -- and maybe I like laparoscopy but I haven't seen enough laparoscopic procedures to know. I think this lack of love for surgery may slowly, but surely, close my urology door. We'll see though.
So, Shelf tomorrow then Neuro/Psych rotation on Wednesday. The learning never ends!