I am 4 weeks into my first clinical rotation. So far so good! I see a lot of patients everyday and I am learning so much.
For those of you who don’t know, I have 1 year of clinical rotations. A rotation is a 4-5 week block where I am in clinic everyday, as though working full time. The clinics I will be in include: family medicine, ER, OB/GYN, psych, pediatrics, geriatrics, surgery, internal medicine and an elective.
I am currently in a family medicine clinic. Some days are really awesome. Those are days when I am feeling confident that I actually know what is going on with patients and I am able to have meaningful conversations with them. Other days people walk in that have a very complicated history and ongoing problems…those days really knock me down. I suppose that is how medicine should be. It keeps you from getting over-confident.
The good thing about our clinical rotation year is that we finally have a life again! Yay!!
We got to go blueberry picking last weekend and I now have 6 quart sized bags full of blueberries in my freezer. I’m so excited to make blueberry muffins!
Even though I am in clinic most days, I still have to study. I have an exam at the end of every rotation and it is a board-style exam.
The good thing is, the studying is at my own pace and schedule. Plus, we now have a backyard, which is the best. I think I spend hours sitting outside every day at that table with my review books.