Residency Updates…and the Pursuit of Peace

Hello dear readers!

A happy (belated) new year!

I can hardly believe it has been almost 6 years since I changed careers from working as a research scientist to pursuing a career in medicine. Four years of medical school and almost 2 years of residency later, I can say that through all the smiles and tears, it was worth it and I feel blessed to have such a rewarding career.

Since my last update, I have completed rotations in ER, family medicine, mental health and radiology. I am currently doing pediatrics ER which, although has unusual work hours, has been a great rotation so far!

Lots of great things to report…I obtained the provincial permit that will allow me to practice in my region and I have a job lined up at a great clinic where I previously did some of my rotations. It is close to home (so happy to leave the long commute and traffic behind!) and based in a beautiful area close to the water. The team I will work with is fantastic!

I have my final licensing exams in April and will be done residency at the end of June (4 months 9 days 21 hours and 34 minutes to go, but who’s counting!) I plan to take the summer off to travel and spend more time with the family, with the goal of starting practice at the end of August.

Over the past few months, I have definitely struggled with anxiety and at times felt like I was running a marathon with my energy slowly fading. I was encouraged by the verses in Philippians that encourage us to “press on towards the goal” and that “the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds“.

I also regularly meditated on this verse from 2 Timothy 1:7 “for the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind.” I like to break down this verse into 3 parts, essentially replacing fear with 3 things:

  1. Power: the strength, motivation and resilience that we need to face each day and every challenge that comes along
  2. Love: focusing outwardly on loving others and giving others our best, showing ourselves self-love, being less critical of ourselves and focusing less on what others think of us
  3. Sound mind: mental resilience, a mind at peace, letting go of the worries about the future and things that are outside of our control

As always, I am continually thankful for my beautiful children and my wonderful husband who has painstakingly supported me through out this whole process, never complaining, never wavering, but being my solid rock when I was weak! Exciting news to follow in the next few months as we plan HIS career change! Stay tuned!

Gratitude: Appreciating the Big and the Little Things

One of the things that I wanted to improve on from my last year in medical school was learning to slow down and appreciate the little things around me. I loathed the fact that mornings were rushed and it seemed like we were always ordering the kids around and rushing them out the door. With better time management and changes to our parenting approach, the mornings during the past week have been beautiful. I know that not every morning will go smoothly but I am simply grateful for those that do. This morning I felt grateful for 4 things:

  1. Brushing my little girl’s hair: I had dreamed of doing this ever since I was a teenager. After my first pregnancy ended in a traumatic miscarriage, it sometimes seems like a dream that both she and my son are actually here in my life.
  2. Getting hugs from my dear son: As I was getting things ready this morning, my son suddenly stopped me and said, “Mummy, I want to do something”…he then enveloped me in a deep, long hug. Moments like these make the challenges of motherhood seem more than worth it!
  3. Being in medical school: As I looked over the voluminous material I need to learn over the next few weeks, I simply sat back and drank in the fact that although it’s a challenge, I am doing what I have been wanting to do for so long…and I love it!
  4. My Heavenly Father: I love the scripture in Psalms that describes God as a “Father to the fatherless” and a “Defender“. Having lost my father unexpectedly when I was 5 years old, I truly have seen God be a Father to me through the years. Despite the ups and downs, He has always been there for me. He is my hope and everlasting peace!

Take a moment to stop and reflect. What are you grateful for today?

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A Fruit a Day…A Sense of Peace

Welcome back to our study on the fruits of the Spirit. Now that we have tackled the fruits of love and joy, let’s move on to the next one…PEACE!

My thoughts on Peace

When I think of peace, the first thing that comes to mind is a state of serenity. I imagine a still place at the center of a whirlwind where nothing is moving, nothing is being disturbed, it is perfectly at rest despite the turmoil going on around it.

Merriam-Webster Definitions of Peace

My favorite definitions are listed below:

  • a state of tranquility or quiet
  • freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
  • harmony in personal relations

Greek word for Peace

My husband is my go-to person when it comes to finding out the etiology of words because he has a great love of ancient languages such as Greek and Hebrew. When I asked him about the word ‘peace’ last night, he enthusiastically leafed through one of his ancient Greek Lexicons. The ancient Greek word for peace is eiréné (phonetic spelling ‘i-ray-nay’). It alludes to a sense of harmony, concord, security and safety. Peace also has roots in the word eirō, which means “to join, tie together into a whole“. I like this definition because it gives me the sense that when we are at peace, we are whole.

Fun facts about Peace

  • The ancient Greek word for peace was originally used to depict a state of calm or cessation of fighting during war-time. It is only more recently that peace has been associated with relationships, thoughts, etc.
  • The Hebrew word for peace “Shalom” was used as a greeting to indicate “peace be with you”. It also connoted a sense of harmony, completeness, prosperity, and welfare.

Favorite verse on Peace

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Phil 4:6-7.

Final thoughts on Peace

I don’t always find it easy to be at peace with current circumstances. Sometimes it seems there’s no way out and circumstances are hopeless. But I’m hoping to develop an attitude of peace even in those moments. I like the definition of peace regarding freedom from oppressive thoughts. It gives me the idea that even though there is turmoil around us, it is still possible to find a place of peace.

As I write this, I just read a comment from a fellow blogger who is going through a really hard time in her family. My heart feels heavy for her and I would just like to take this moment to share some peace with her. You know who you are. You are a strong woman with a beautiful family and you will make it through this difficult time. Peace be with you.

“Shalom…does not mean merely the absence of strife. It is pregnant with positive, active and energetic meaning and association. It connotes totality, health, wholesomeness, harmony, success, the completeness and richness of living in an integrated social milieu. When people meet or part they wish each other shalom, or they inquire about eachother’s shalom”.-William Chomsky from “Hebrew, the eternal language”

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Image courtesy of dan at freedigitalphotos.net