My official start date as an intern at the Children’s Medical Center of [Midwestern City] isn’t until July 3rd but orientation begins on June 18th (two days before the big 3-0!) and time is rapidly pushing me toward the day when I must leave my beloved Queens and move to the midwest. In advance of orientation, I’ve already been given my PALS and NRP materials to study/complete and I’m working my way through the Harriet Lane Handbook so that I don’t seem like an idiot on my first day. We’ve been given our schedules for the first year of residency, which is broken into 13 four-week blocks beginning on July 3rd. I’ll have to be on my toes right out of the gate – my first block is heme/onc.