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How to Survive Ross University

June 17, 2012


If there’s one thing to be said about a Ross University education, it’s that it produces a special sort of doctor. People who come to Ross and make it through are not the sort of people who will take the road of least resistance. I once heard it said that people who come through Ross are the ones who will take the stairs rather than waiting for the elevator. We’re go-getters. We’re tenacious. We don’t let obstacles deter us. We scoff at naysayers, wherever they may be. Over 700 people graduated with me and as different as we all are, each of us shared one characteristic: we were all willing to do whatever it took to achieve our goal. If I were fighting an illness, I’d certainly want a doctor like that taking care of me.


11 Resolutions for 2011

January 1, 2011

Happy New Year/明けましておめでとう/¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Apologies for the ridiculously long hiatus to all those have been wondering what has been going on with me. 4Q of 2010 had quite a few challenges – a case of hyperthyroidism that I didn’t pay attention to until I nearly fainted during attending rounds*, some disappointment from Ross, and the start of my Internal Medicine rotation at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center (which I am now ⅓ of the way through). Nonetheless, I shouldn’t have left everyone hanging so long. That is why the first of my 11 resolutions for 2011 is as follows: (more…)

Family Medicine – Day 1

October 25, 2010

Finally, after six weeks of idleness, I have returned to action!

Well, the past 6 weeks weren’t exactly idle. Among other things*, I helped display an authentic set of samurai armor with some folks from the Consulate General of Japan at the NY Anime Festival, marched for the end of divisive politics, helped organize a Diamond Jubilee for my grandmother’s 75th birthday and spent a lot of quality time with my cousin’s baby, whose favorite things to do are jumping and gnawing fingers. Not that that stuff wasn’t exciting, but nothing beats the thrill of returning to my training.

Although my family medicine rotation is through St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, I will be spending most of my time at the office of Dr. Y in Rockaway Beach. When I stopped by the education office at the hospital on Thursday, another student told me about how awesome Dr. Y’s rotation is, so when I found out that I was assigned to him, I was delighted. The hours are 7:45 – noon (sweet!) and right from the beginning, Dr. Y put us straight to work. Having been out of practice for so long, I was a little flustered when Dr. Y directed me to call a patient in and begin the evaluation myself but by the end of the morning, I had gotten a little bit of my groove back. I even got to write someone a sick note! They also expect us to draw blood (which I’ve never done), so I can’t wait for tomorrow to see what we’ll be doing next. My rotation partner got to give a flu shot! We did get pimped a little and we covered a case of hypercarotenemia (lesson – don’t feed your baby strained carrots exclusively!) so it seems like we’ll be getting a lot out of the time we’re there. I even learned a little Yiddish (vainesh? = don’t cry). To top it off, some pharmaceutical reps came in a brought me a free grande hot chocolate! I’m really thankful for such a gentle reintroduction to my studies! Let’s hope that this rotation gets better and that I learn more by the day.

*One unfortunate event that occurred was the funeral of my 26 year old cousin, who was murdered in his home on October 11th, 2010. If you would like to take a stand against gun violence, please visit these websites or write to your elected officials.

♬Wasting my time/in the waiting line♬

September 21, 2010

♬Everyone’s saying different things to me, different things to me♬

At long last, I have a clinical schedule, and in keeping with the theme of things, I got it in the most frustrating and stressful way possible. On Friday the 10th, I (やっと) received that long-awaited call from the clinical department, beside myself with relief that I’d finally be hearing from someone, only to have my bubble of hope brutally burst by Ms. F, one of the two advisors for students with last names A-L. She, rather callously, informed me that Mr. P, the head clinical advisor was out of the office and would not be able to discuss my schedule with me, but that they knew I’d been waiting to hear from them for over 10 days, so if Mr. P didn’t get in touch with me by the following Thursday, I should check back in with the office.

I’m surprised that my head didn’t explode. (more…)

Don’t Put All Your 卵 in One Basket

September 7, 2010

Since passing the Step, I’ve been telling pretty much everyone I encounter (family, friends, classmates at my high school reunion, random people in stores…) about how much I was looking forward to beginning my core rotations in September. I ordered three new consultation-length white coats. I read the Saint-Frances Guide to Clinical Clerkships. I finally got my drivers license, in case I’d have a long commute to the hospital. I submitted my location preferences to AskRoss(tm) and eagerly awaited that call from the Clinical Department. When it didn’t come, I decided to call them. Here’s how it went:

Me: I’m calling because I have not yet received any information about my initial clinical schedule. I just wanted to make sure that I’m cleared  and since I haven’t heard anything since the 27th, I wanted to see where I am in the process.

Clinical Dept. Person: What’s your name? Student ID number?

Me: Crys[…]

Clinical Dept. Person: Oh yes, you’ve been approved. You should be getting a call by the end of the week.

Me: Well, I know that the next round of rotations begins on the 13th, so, will I be able to start then?

Clinical Dept. Person: No, all rotations beginning on the 13th are full.

Me: [?!?!?!!!!] Well…when will the next spots be available?

Clinical Dept. Person: The next available spots will be on October 25th.

[Cue Music of Doom. Blackout]