Checking in 2/3rds of the way through my Ob/Gyn rotation wasn’t how I’d planned to chronicle it but time has really flown by me in the past month. It started out with a harrowing adventure down the atlantic coast that my (dad’s) heretofore trusty Volvo* wasn’t able to complete but after that initial excitement, things have settled into a very comfortable routine. I’m assigned to Dr. P, a sometimes-intimidating yet very personable ob/gyn originally from Cuba. In addition to his private practice, he is also affiliated with Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, so I’ve been exposed to ob/gyn in both the office and hospital settings. There are also weekly ob/gyn lectures at the Center for Haitian Studies’ medical clinic, most of which have been given by the delightful Dr. C, who makes even the Kreb cycle seem magical. While I haven’t had the opportunity to actually deliver any babies myself, I’ve seen over a dozen deliveries (and got to scrub in on two c-sections), a few D&Cs, probably a hundred pap smears and even a circumcision! One of my classmates mentioned that ob/gyn in Miami was awesome and based on the past month, I must concur with his assessment. It has been pretty cool.**
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♬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…)
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?
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]