Hey strangers! Definitely didn't mean to take this much time off of blogging, but life has been nuts around here! Last week was brutal. I somehow got the perfect storm of super long hours at the hospital, a big assignment due last Friday, and a nasty cold. My trip to Seattle left me so tired, then add the sinus congestion and stress of school and I was just not feeling it. I was totally down about medicine as a career. Awful attitude! Luckily I had a day off on Sunday and slept a ton, and . . .
The next eight weeks are going to be really different than my summer of Family Medicine! Internal Medicine I will be on my internal medicine rotation, and will have four weeks on a general medicine team at the SLU hospital and then four weeks at another affiliated hospital. I'll work six days a week with one weekend day off. The hours should be around 7am-4pm most days, but till 9pm when I'm on evening call once or twice a week. It's hard to plan anything right now because I won't really know . . .
I finally remembered to do a Med School Day In The Life in my last week of Family Medicine! This post follows a Monday, which was one of my two full days in clinic. Everyone has different Family Medicine assignments, so the schedules can be drastically different. I lucked out with my schedule and ended up with two full days and two half days each week (plus Wednesday when we had a full day of class and small groups.) I still feel like I learned a ton and got great experience, so it made for . . .
I'm passionate about wellness and preventative medicine. It's why I like primary care. I've learned a lot about different dietary approaches from my eating disorder recovery, training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and just through running this blog for the past 7 years. I love exercise and have tried almost everything out there, including distance running, Crossfit, spinning, pilates, and of course yoga. So I was really interested to see how doctors talked about diet and exercise . . .
Hey friends! I just finished up my two week emergency medicine elective, and remember on the last day to do a day in the life post! Most of my classmates will rotate through emergency medicine during their fourth year after all of the other required rotations, but I applied to do an elective this year partially because I was curious and partially to get it over with ;) I ended up loving it! So much has to do with the team you work with, and everyone was so amazing. The doctor I worked . . .
Subtitle: One of the many reasons why MS3 year is hard The first two years of medical school are like the school we're used to growing up. You have class, you have tests on a specific subject, you get your grade and move on to something else. Then third year begins. Third year we are thrown into the hospital. It's what we came to medical school for and it's where the true bulk of the learning happens. But it also means rotating through different specialties every 8 weeks, and different . . .
I wrapped up my first clerkship last week - a combination of psych and neuro. I had four weeks of each, a combined OSCE in the 7th week, and then both shelf exams at the very end. I'm going to try to do a quick wrap up after each clerkship for anyone that may find it helpful! Psych: Psychiatry was an interesting first rotation to have, because we rarely even touched a patient! It is all about conversations and very minimal, if any, hands on contact. There aren't even soap dispensers . . .
Hey everyone! Today I'm sharing a day in the life post for my pediatric neurology rotation. It's pretty different from adult neuro both in the general feel of the team and the diagnoses we see. I love being with all the cute kiddos too! This is the end of my first 8 week clerkship so we have our final exams (called shelf exams) next week. Because this clerkship combined psychiatry and neurology (4 weeks of each) we actually have to take two back to back next Thursday and Friday. I've got a . . .
Yesterday during an Applied Clinical Skills lecture, our new Dean of Curriculum said something that hit me: "If you're waking up each day and just seeing how it goes, that's not going to work. You need to have a plan." Struggling to find a good routine at the beginning of clerkships is normal, but I have been having a hard time sticking to a set schedule for the past few years. It's all relative I suppose, since I am still getting the necessary work done, but I have been feeling a . . .
I started my neurology clerkship this week! Top from Express, Similar I have two weeks on the general neurology team then two weeks on peds neuro. Neuro is 6 days per week, so I'll always work either Saturday or Sunday. The days so far have been about 7am-5pm, except Wednesday I had evening call so I stayed later. The only thing I have to compare it to is psychiatry, and so far it's very different! In psych we rarely ever touched the patient and instead did lots of talking. The neuro . . .