Archive for June 2011

Blood on my Scrubs – EM Elective Week 4

June 27, 2011

(note – this post was originally written on June 4th, 2011)
It was only fitting that my last shift in the SJEH Emergency Department was as hectic as any typical Friday 7 – 7. I had two patients literally sobbing with pain and one who was gushing so much blood that it spilled onto my pants. I had to tell one lady that she’d miscarried and examine three little girls who’d been brought by the police because their mother had tried to commit suicide. There were two attendings on call but only one resident who was new* so I didn’t get a chance to take a lunch break. It was all worth it though, when I overheard one of the attendings tell a consultant, “She can do it. She’s not [a] resident but she’s the brightest one here.”

Over the course of the past 4 weeks, I’ve worked harder than I’ve ever had to in medical school. I performed more pelvic exams than I did during my ob/gyn core. Even though I thought I wasn’t going to be able to practice for CS, the ER was actually a great setting for honing the skills I need to showcase on the exam. For some schools, ER is a core rotation and now I can understand why so many deem it to be an essential part of medical training. I’d definitely recommend it, especially at SJEH.

*The resident was actually a PGY-3 who’d previously done a month of ER during his intern year. When I asked if he needed any help, he declined.

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The Countdown Begins

June 14, 2011

Note – the date for requesting an ERAS Token from ECFMG has been changed to June 22nd.

Some quick updates – On Monday, I officially became a 4th year Medical Student. Today (June 14th) is the opening of the 2012 Match Season for IMGs – starting today, one can request a Token for ERAS on ECFMG’s Oasis website. Friday, I’ll be in Atlanta for Step 2 CS. I don’t really have to tell you how nervous I am, do I?

Hopefully after the exam, I’ll have a bit of time to post the updates I’ve been too busy to finish. Monday happens to be my birthday. I probably won’t get a chance to celebrate (nothing too exciting about 29 anyway) but all l really want this year is good Step scores and a Peds residency offer. Wish me luck!