Inpatient psychiatry is a really interesting place to start rotations. The patients have to be physically stable to be placed on the psych floor, so I haven't had to perform a physical exam. The psych version of a physical exam is called a mental status exam, which assesses a patient's cognition, thought process, insight, etc. The diagnoses we've seen include schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, borderline personality disorder, and drug-induced psychosis. We just . . .
Hi Friends! So I should be at the hospital today for my first day on wards, but turns out all the psychiatry residents are on a retreat so we were told to wait until tomorrow. I have a feeling in a few months I would die for something like this to happen, but right now I'm just eager to see patients! ((And I'd like my $150 refund for today, thank you.)) I've got a lot of little things on my to-do list, so I'll be a productive day off at least! I kept wanting to share the things I was . . .
I cannot believe I haven't blogged in two months! I've been writing this baby for almost 7 years now, and I think the most time I ever took off was a week or so. I've felt a little paralyzed as to how to jump back into it because there is so much I want to share, but instead of trying to do it perfectly I'm just going to dive in. Pens // Women's Earbuds Step One If you follow me on Instagram, you know that the last two months of my life have been spent in a library. I took my first . . .
I couldn't let this week go by without talking about National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. This year's theme is It's Time To Talk About It. "It’s time we take eating disorders seriously as public health concerns. It’s time we bust the myths and get the facts. It’s time to celebrate recovery and the heroes who make it possible. It’s time to take action and fight for change. It’s time to shatter the stigma and increase access to care. It’s Time to Talk About It!" Here are some scary . . .
I'm heading back from a very successful bachelorette weekend in Palm Springs! Top of our hike Friday morning I'm so grateful that I was able to make it out to celebrate my little brother's fiance. I'm also so honored I was included! It was great to not only get away for a little while, but also get to know her friends and sister better. They are so funny! I attempted to like bloody marys, but really I'm a mimosa girl. It was my first time in Palm Springs, and aside from the lengthy . . .
A week from today I'll start my official study period for USMLE Step One. Check out this post if you're unfamiliar with medical education. USMLE stands for United States Medical Licensing Exam and has three parts, the first of which is usually taken after the second year of medical school. Most medical schools give students some time off to prepare for the test, and SLU is very generous in giving us 8 weeks. Some people use all of it, some people take it mid-way through and use the rest for . . .
Another Day In The Life coming your way! I thought it'd be good to do a post on how I balance classes with boards studying in these few weeks leading up to our designated study period. I never feel like I get enough done, and this day was a little more play than usual, but still a fairly decent look. So here's a look at a Monday in the life of a second year medical student! 7:42am: - Wake up to a text from a friend. I'm usually up around 7, but classes start an hour later today so I . . .
Man, oh man. It's been a while! I really want to be writing, but I'm making myself spend what used to be blogging/down time to study for boards. That's how life will be for the next few weeks -- I go to my iCal, and any time that is free gets a pink "STUDY FOR BOARDS" box. Right now I'm writing this while watching the Sanders v. Cruz debate. I'm studying a lot, but still trying to keep myself updated on everything going on with politics. Speaking of the next few weeks, I'm officially . . .
Every once and a while one of the doctors giving a lecture adds in some practical advice. At the end of a lecture on the physiology of pregnancy, our teacher shared some of road that got him to where he is today, which included lots of travel and some twists and turns. He spontaneously, but beautifully, encouraged us with these words: Carve out time to disappear. I love that. His words are particularly relevant given that I've been sharing some thoughts about balancing a career in . . .
So my knee has been acting up a little again. It's not remotely as bad as it was over the summer, but there have been a few twinges. There is also tons of crepitus (crackling) which scares me because I'm only 29. Anyway, I decided maybe all the plyometric circuits and jumping back into leg weights was too much too soon. Spinning is a great (fairly) knee-friendly way to get in a good leg workout, so I decided to get back into that by creating a new workout. It was time for some new music . . .