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 an amazing summer!
I worked with the same physician for the six weeks and really got to know her patients and her style. She is so great with her patients – a little stern when she needed to be but also really fun and warm. Her patients love her so she sees whole extended families and church communities. A great person to model!
Here’s a Day In The Life for Family Medicine:
6:45am: Alarm goes off. I’ve slept about 8 hours but it feels extra hard to wake up today. It’s like my body knows when it’s rainy out.
7:00am: Grab my coffee (my roommate has to be at the hospital earlier right now and usually has a fresh pot made!) and laptop and sit on the couch for a few minutes to watch The Today Show. I don’t usually sit down and do this, but I want to see their coverage of all the terrible stuff that happened in Charlottesville this past weekend. I lived there when I did my post bac at UVA and just can’t believe it.
7:35am: Drive to work. There is always terrible traffic in the one stretch of highway that I need to be on and it drives me nuts. I don’t know ho you people in bigger cities do it!
8:00am – Get to work. I start to look at patients for the day and notice it’s a little lighter than usual. We have some empty spots that may fill up with acute care patients.
8:20am: – The first patient is ready but says no to a student. She’s getting a pap so that may be why, though many patients let me do them with the doctor’s help. The doctor I’m working with comes by to look at the day’s schedule with me and talk through the patients. She usually knows which ones will say no to patients and can point out specific patients that will be interesting for me to see. When we have our tentative game plan down, she goes off to see the first patient and I start look into the charts of the upcoming ones.
8:40: A new 8:30 patient shows up on the schedule, somehow. I’m still waiting for the next patients to be roomed, so I do some practice questions and chat with the other students. Today we have another med student, a clinical psych PhD student, and a pharmacy resident.
8:50-12:30: Patients! I saw a 12 year old girl establishing care and did a full history and physical. I also saw a diabetes and hypertension follow up where we had to adjust the diabetes medications a bit. Then I joined the doctor for a well woman exam and finally an acute care kidney stone visit right before lunch. I work on my charts if I ever have a few minutes between patients and started sneaking bites of my salad around 11:40 because I was starving!
12:30-1:10pm: I finish my morning charts and then do some AAFP board review questions to study for my test. I also buy a 3 pack for Class Pass and schedule a few classes for later in the week – I’m doing PLNK, power yoga, and Shred415! (PS – If you want to try Class Pass, use this link for $30 off! It’s such a great way to try all the best fitness studios and gives me some extra workout motivation!)
1:10pm: Our first afternoon patient is here because she is sick after a trip to Africa, so the doctor and I put on masks before we head in. Luckily none of her history of symptoms are too concerning and it sounds like it’s probably just a virus, but the doctor decides to order a bunch of tests just in case.
1:50pm: The next patient I was supposed to see said no to a student. Bummer when that happens! Some people just aren’t in the mood or aren’t comfortable with being seen by a student first, and I get it. But it makes me really grateful to those that allow me to see them and learn. I head back to my computer to read up on the next few patients coming in.
2:15pm: I see a woman for her yearly physical. She’s doing well but struggling with weight, and we have a pretty in depth discussion about meals, snack choices, and exercise options. She seems motivated so hopefully she can make some good progress! After going back in with the doctor I chart at my desk and wait for my next patient to arrive. We have a weird chunk of time with no patients this afternoon (never happens!) so I get some practice questions in also.
5:30pm: And somehow it’s 5:30 and I’m just finishing with our patient scheduled at 3:40pm. TALKERS! I finish charting and pack up. All the other students are gone!
6:00-6:50: I take a megaformer class at PLNK via Class Pass. So good. So hard. The only workout that actually leaves my core sore for days afterward!
7:00pm: Drive home. Chat with my mom in the car.
7:25: Shower, unpack my stuff, then start on dinner. I’m making gluten free pasta (c/o Tresomega which I’m loving!) with ground chicken (thought I bought turkey, but oops!), zucchini, pasta sauce and mozzarella. I also turn on Bachelor in Paradise which was a terrible decision because I never watch it and now I”m going to get addicted!
8:30pm: Boyfriend arrives and we sit down to have dinner. I have to explain to him that yes, The Bachelorette is finally over, but yes, there is more Bachelor on TV. It never ends!
9pm: Get in bed to study a little more. I do some more practice questions and read a few chapters of Case Files.
11:00pm: Bed time!
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