It’s Spring time! I can’t believe how fast residency is flying by.
Since my last update, I have done 6 more rotations (Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Family Medicine, Pediatrics ER and Pediatrics Ambulatory). I was also deployed to the COVID wards, as were many of my fellow residents. My experiences as a resident remind me that each day on this earth is a gift. I am continually humbled by the resilience of the patients, their families and inspired by the dedicated teams I have worked with.
I would say the most challenging of my rotations so far has been Internal Medicine, with long hours on call, including nights covering several wards where there were unstable patients that I had to manage on my own. Looking back, I am grateful for my residency experiences despite the heavy physical, mental and emotional toll. They say that the place of growth is outside of your comfort zone and I definitely experienced this over the last few months.
The best thing about challenging experiences is that when we emerge on the other side, albeit shaken and tired, it reveals what we are capable of. It allows us to stray even further away from the comfort zone as we challenge ourselves further. Out of those moments of anxiety, doubt and uncertainty arises a sense of “I can do this”. The possibilities are endless!
As I draw close to the end of my first year of residency, I am excited for what the future holds! I’m grateful that I get to share this journey with my awesome husband and beautiful children. And I thank the Lord for the strength he gives me each day!