First, I’m so sorry that I’ve been absent for so long, it has taken me awhile to get used to this 3rd-year life and settle into a routine. SO let me update you on some of the happenings in THIS medical student’s life. I have completed Anesthesia, Surgery-Subspecialty (Ophthalmology and ENT), General Surgery and Ob-Gyn so far… I’m half way through Pediatrics. Sound like a busy time? It has been. Overall, I am very happy being as far along as I have come but I can definitely say that adjusting to a life of 70+ hours of WORK followed by several hours of studying each night. This adjustment has been more challenging than I previously anticipated. I chose this life, and I will continue to do my very best to make each patient’s experience the best possible. After all, they are who I do this for. Next week I begin outpatient Pediatrics… then VACATION (what is that?! yeah, vacation).
So what do I want to do with my life? I really don’t know yet. Everyday I convince myself of a different specialty. As many of you know, I have a commitment to the National Health Service Corps. This means, they pay for medical school and I serve in a “primary care” medical field in an underserved population for 3 years. I went into medicine to serve this community, I am so happy to have the opportunity to take part in their care :) But even within those guidelines I have to chose between: Internal medicine, internal medicine+pediatrics, family medicine, ob-gyn, psychiatry, pediatrics and a few other combination programs….. so I have a decision to make! I will rely on my experiences, passion and family to help guide this decision and I will certainly keep you all posted!
In other news, I get to marry my wonderfully patient and understanding fiance Jessica in 37 days! We are SO excited. Our wedding will take place back home in Arizona and allow us to really spend this wonderful time surrounded by family and friends. I’m so incredibly thankful for Jessica, her mother and our WONDERFUL wedding planner for allowing me to focus on my studies while they make this dream a reality.
That is all for now, y’all. Got to finish a few more Qbank questions for pediatrics and get to sleep.
As an aside, the next time someone passes you in the hallway and asks “how are you doing?” I’d encourage you to take a personal inventory and really ask yourself the same question. Take care of yourself, people. You’re incredibly important and special… handle with care.