A Black Female Medical Student

Archive for April 2010

So the lottery results were posted.

I have Surgery in the summer till From June til September, 12 weeks. Then I have Family Med, Neurology, and Psych, all 4-week rotations, in that order, from September til December. In January I start off with Medicine, which is a 12 week rotation. And from April til June I have Peds and OB/GYN. Peds is an 8 week rotation, but I have it split up, so I’ll have 4 weeks of Peds, then 4 weeks of OB/GYN, then another 4 weeks of Peds.

Yes, its an interesting schedule.

I guess it will work out for me. I start off with Surgery, which is good. I’m not really interested in it, supposedly its easy to do well in (even though they will work you like a dog). I plan to do it up at one of the satellite hospitals. At least, I’ll do the Gen Surg part up there, because I like the fact that you see more diverse cases, and the hotel that they put us up in is so close to the hospital. We’re required to do subspecialty rotations here at our home instititution, which is what I would prefer to do anyway.

I’m pretty ambivalent about having Family, Psych and Neuro during fall quarter. I mean, I’m not really interested in any of those. I look forward to doing Family because its all outpatient, and I don’t think I’ve really gotten exposure to that so that will be nice. I’m also happy to have been exposed to Family Med prior to Medicine. Even though I heard the Family rotation is kinda hard core here, that’s even better b.c. I’ll just be better prepared.

The only thing I’m uncertain about is whether to schedule my Emergency clerkship during my 3rd year or not. At our school its a required rotation in your 4th year, but if you have an interest in it you can schedule your rotation in your 3rd year and switch it for either Family or Neurology. I would have preferred to have my Family and Neuro rotations scheduled later on in the year so that I could have both Medicine and Surgery behind me, which would allow me to be better prepared for Emergency Med if I chose to do it early, especially since I would be doing it around mostly 4th years, who have loads more experience than I do. But then again, I’m also interested in Urology, to which we have absolutely NO scheduled exposure in our 3rd year or 4th year, so we’ll see.

Anyways, I think it will work out.

Actually having a rotation schedule is a little scary. As one of my classmates aptly put it, “shit just got real.”

I’m just going to head along to bed now. Long day in front of me tomorrow.

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I had a nice weekend. I went to an event at my friends’ law school on Friday, it was okay. Law students are interesting lol.

Saturday it was really nice outside. I studied at the Panera in South Loop.

Today there was a dinner at a faculty member’s house which was fun. I met some nice people.

I also got to talk to some 3rd years today. They’re almost at the end of their rotations and most of them have picked what they want to specialize in. That is crazy, because it’ll be our turn next!

Kinda scary.

Talking to residents and faculty and soon-to-be 4th years makes it seem all the more real. My dream of practicing medicine isn’t so much of a dream anymore.

So the time has come for me to submit my lottery rankings. They are actually due tomorrow. I haven’t done anything…. I keep putting it off because I don’t know what to do! I’m so confused.

I’m trying to sort it out in my mind. Right now, I have 3 fields that I’m primarily interested in: Emergency Med, OB/GYN, and Urology. Urology is something that I became interested in recently, I will have to do some more shadowing in the field before I can really say for sure, but I absolutely love Emergency Med, and I like OB.  Neither Urology nor Emergency Med is traditionally offered in the 3rd year, so I do feel some pressure trying to decide which one I try to lobby for a 3rd year clerkship in.

For OB/GYN and Urology, I think that having a good surgery background is important, and for EM, having both a good medicine and surgery background is important. Ideally I would like to get both Medicine and Surgery out of the way early on so that I can shine on the rest of my clerkships, but I’m concerned about how much room I will have for learning if I choose to do both of those earlier on in the year, when I haven’t gotten acclimated to the hospital yet.

Oh well, it will all work out in end. I find out whether I got my pick tomorrow so we’ll see what happens.

Posted on: April 6, 2010

I know its been a while, and I’m sorry.

I always lose my drive to write in the winter lol. I think its that seasonal affective disorder thing.

So…. what’s new.

I’m at the end of my second year. We’re wrapping up the last module, and then I start studying for boards. More on that later.

This last wknd was the national SNMA conference, and it was held in Chicago. It was great! I had so much fun, I saw so many of my friends from undergrad and different summer programs that I did. I also ran for a regional position and I won! Yay…I know. Its a lot of responsibility that I have now, but I think that I should be okay. I look forward to getting more involved with SNMA.

As far as board studying. Wow. I succumbed to the pressure and went ahead and tried to start studying early. Bad idea. I don’t know anything! I mean, I know I know more than I think I know, but it doesn’t feel like that. I keep doing questions and I keep doing questions. I wanna laugh, but I almost feel like crying.

Its stressful thinking about the boards. Our school generally does very well, but its still very frightening to think about you know?

And we had our lottery meeting today, which is just another can of worms.

Ah well.