Whale $#%! – AICM in Miami

Welcome to a new chapter of the chronicle! When I began 医者の卵, I was getting ready not only to embark on a career in medicine, but also on an adventure in another country. For 16 months, I studied the basic medical sciences at the Ross University campus in the Commonwealth of Dominica (again, not to be confused with the Dominican Republic). It was certainly an experience – at times, exciting, at times, frustrating, at times, lonely, and yet, at other times, wonderful. I learned a lot during my time on Dominica and made a lot of friends. Luckily, most of us survived the basic sciences (even if it was by the skin of our teeth!) and, despite enduring some crazy trials and tribulations, we managed to get to 5th semester. The most satisfying part of making it through was knowing that we’d accomplished something. Even though we were technically only halfway through our medical education, we’d survived the worst Dominica had to throw at us and emerged stronger, wiser and better than we were when we arrived. However, at the end of the basic sciences, we knew we were destined to part ways. There are three sites at which Advanced Introduction to Clinical Medicine (AICM)–the transition module designed to bridge the basic and clinical medical sciences–is offered: one site is the Princess Margaret Hospital, the Ross teaching hospital in the capital city of Dominica. One is Synergy Health in Sagniaw, Michigan. The other is where I am now, sunny Miami, in the sizzling south of the sunshine state. Unfortunately, my closest friends will be attending AICM at other sites. Even though I’m finally back on the mainland, I’ve gone from living on an island to being one.

Nevertheless, I’m excited about fifth semester. Although it began with the comp, a qualifying exam administered on the first day (at Ross, one must pass this exam before one is allowed to take Step 1 of the Boards), orientation has only made me more anxious (in every sense of the word) to begin what is referred to as our first rotation. While we will still meet en masse for weekly lectures and small group sessions, we will also be spending a minimum of 16 hours a week at local hospitals, clinics and healthcare facilities. We will be doing intakes, evaluating patients and doing whatever our attending physicians expect of us. We will be in ERs, ORs, and even assisted living facilities. We will being going where doctors go and doing what doctors do. This afternoon, one of our faculty members, Dr. G, came to address us about what is expected of us as rotating med students. He implored us not be be cocky and never to think that we know it all. “When you think of where you are right now,” he said, “you know how whales are in the ocean, and when they $#%t, it goes to the bottom? That’s where you guys are.” We all laughed, equally frightened and thrilled as he told us about what we had to look forward to. It’s going to be an interesting 12 weeks. I hope you’ll stay with me for the next leg of the journey.

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