Med school update…Loving my clinical rotations!

Hello everyone (and welcome to those who just recently started following my blog!)

The month of January has been a month of transition as I moved out of the classroom and into the hospitals and clinics. This new phase of my training is called “Transition to Clinical Practice”. It is to prepare us for third-year clerkship by giving us exposure to real-life medical settings. At this stage, we do not yet have the  level of responsibility of a third-year student but we are still considered a part of the team which is great!

The first 2 weeks were quite the adjustment as no longer was my medical ‘world’ centered around campus but rather in various hospitals and clinics around the city. I ultimately decided to switch from driving to public transport which was an adjustment in itself! But now I feel much more settled and have come to enjoy the pleasant 1-hour train ride to and from the city. I am using the time to study and catch up on emails.

My husband also came up with the excellent idea of listening to audiobooks which I have been doing during my drive to the train station, subsequent subway commute and walks to the clinic/hospital. It has all turned out really well because I am able to come home earlier than last semester since I do not get stuck in traffic! There is always a bright side to new changes, even if they throw us off at first!

Here are my impressions of the rotations I have done so far:

  1. Family medicine: I liked the variety of cases that I saw and that the family doctor/resident has to have such a breadth of knowledge on many subjects. I am looking forward to gaining more exposure in clerkship.
  2. Neurology: I absolutely loved this rotation! I met wonderful attending physicians, residents and patients. I had a variety of experiences from doing consults in the ER to rounding on patients in the wards, to taking a history and examining patients in the clinics. I also had the chance to visit the electrophysiology lab where the Nerve Conduction and EMG studies are performed. There were plenty of opportunities to review CT and MRI scans. Overall, I found this to be a very intellectually stimulating experience. In addition, the patients I met were truly inspiring and humbling as they battled with debilitating and life-changing conditions. Since there are no core rotations in neurology in 3rd year, I am considering taking an elective in neurology in 4th year.

Other than school, the family is doing very well! We have instituted a new family tradition which is for each of us to say something we are grateful for every night at bed-time.  I also have a journal on my bedside table where I jot down a few things I am grateful for every night. This is really helping me to remain thankful and positive despite the busy and demanding weeks!

What’s next? My next rotation is pediatrics which I’m looking forward to! Will post an update on that in the next few weeks.

Keep striving towards your goals! Be positive in the moment and don’t wait to reach your destination in order to find happiness. It’s about the day-to-day living and what things we can be grateful for on a daily basis!

Thanks for reading!

 

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15 thoughts on “Med school update…Loving my clinical rotations!

  1. I loved neurology because I could put my neuro exam skills to work and pin down the location of lesions. I believe my diagnostic skills increased exponentially on this rotation. Our medical school did have a core rotation in neurology/neurosurgery as one of our four months on medicine. It was my very last rotation of third year which made my very early Step II a breeze. I didn’t care as much for Family Medicine (my second rotation of third year) because it was out of the hospital (I like being in the hospital on the wards which is why I enjoy Surgery).

    I am very happy to read about your adventures in learning about the magical world of medicine and the care of our fellow human beings. It’s an honor to serve each one and touch their lives. I always learn far more from them and receive far more from my patients that I can give back. Godspeed for good journeys.

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    1. Wow! So great to hear your experiences! I definitely agree about the satisfaction of pinning down the location of lesions. Also the beautiful experience of sharing in the journeys of our patients. I too am learning so much from them, giving me new perspectives on life. Thank you for sharing your experiences, your positive attitude and for your continued support. It means a lot to me!

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  2. The school I will attend in the Fall has just started doing this “Transitions to..” period between major shifts! Sounds like the one your school does a good job of transitioning to the MS3 responsibility role! I’ve heard that at my school, though, the first Transitions to Med School is a bit too easy and you’re still thrown into the fire when the studying starts.

    I’ve heard lots of good things about Audiobooks. What have you been listening to? I’m more into podcasts, especially the ones by NPR and WNYC–lots of good stories!

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  3. I have often though about Audiobooks because I have been a frequent commuter to and from college. Are your audiobooks textbooks? If so, is there a specific app or store you prefer to purchase them from?

    I enjoy reading about your personal experience in medical school. I really like the detail you can give us hopefuls about each year and block! Gives us a preview as to what we may or may not be interested in (although I personally like to keep an open mind because you just never know!)

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    1. Thanks! I’m really glad you are finding my posts helpful. I definitely agree with you about keeping an open mind. That is my approach also. My audiobooks are not textbooks but other areas that I find interesting and that gives me a little break from med school related material. You can check out the Audacity app for audiobooks. There is a 30 day free trial for you to see if you like it or not. Another suggestion for your commute is to listen to recorded lectures if your school offers that. For me, this was a life-saver as I was able to listen to most of my med school lectures during my commute. Hope this helps and feel free to ask more questions!

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      1. Yes, thank you so much! This school I am currently in does not and I have not built up the courage to ask my professors independently. But, I am almost done at this school and am going to make sure I do at my next! Thank you for the suggestion with Audacity. I am going to give it a try! 🙂

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    I enjoyed your detail journey as a medical student. I liked what you said at the end…so true. We should strive to live in the moment because that’s how we’re going to truly enjoy our lives and reach happiness. Sometimes, we’re so preoccupied with reaching our goals that we forget to live in the moment. While we struggle and work hard for our futures, we should not forget to live. Thank you for sharing. I’m not a medical student, but I was still inspired by your words. Good luck on your rotations!

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  5. Hi Friend! It’s been a while. I just wanted to stop and say Congrats on making it so far in your medical school journey and that I love your blog! I hope to see what you are thinking of for a speciality.
    Take care!

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