The first three months of residency have just flown by!
My first rotation consisted of Family Medicine Clinic with 5 evening shifts in the ER including some weekends. This made for some long, exhausting days but a rewarding experience overall.
My second rotation was in Obstetrics and this definitely stretched me outside of my comfort zone. My responsibilities consisted of helping with deliveries in the case room, seeing patients in triage, post-partum and doing ER consults. The schedule was rigorous and included night shifts and weekends. The most challenging part of the rotation was being away from family. I missed my husband and kids a lot! We found creative ways to treasure special time together and recently enjoyed a beautiful week of vacation together.
My third rotation was another Family Medicine rotation with a focus on Parent-Child. I had the opportunity to care for babies, young children, adolescents and expectant mothers as well as other patients of all ages. There were Youth Clinics, Breastfeeding Clinics, late shifts in Minor Urgent Care and also four 24-hour Obstetrics calls during this rotation.
I especially enjoy my Family Medicine clinic days which consist of seeing my own practice of patients. I am gaining a lot of skills on how to manage my own practice.
In other good news, I passed my first licencing exam (LMCC I), the exam I sat way back in June! The kids are back in school so it’s back to juggling homework, extra-curricular activities with family time, social time and the demands of residency. Thank goodness for my amazing husband who continues to be a wonderful support. I thank God for His grace and ever present help when things get tough!
Overall, I am feeling more confident as a resident compared to my first month. There are still moments of uncertainty and doubts in my abilities but I am grateful to work with an excellent team and to be in a program that has such great support for residents (we have senior resident buddies, Faculty Mentors, Academic Advisors and more). Despite feeling exhausted at times, I love my program and feel so blessed to be on this journey!