A peculiar thing happened after I received my first invitation to interview for residency. Watching the sun set over Brooklyn on a J train headed into Jamaica Center, I decided to check my email and there it was, waiting in my professional inbox – the possibility of a PL-1 position in the University at Buffalo’s pediatric residency program. Initially, I was dumbfounded and then, elated (I printed out the email and stuck it on the refrigerator) but then, doubts began to set in (it’s just an interview; scores of other applicants were invited for only 17 spots, what if I fail CK and they rescind the invitation? Why on Earth would they want me???) and then, I had a massive attack of indecision. Did I really want to commit my life to peds? Did I really want to deal with sick babies and zany parents every day? What about family medicine, where I could still do well-child checks, adolescent medicine and possibly dermatology? It suddenly seemed like every other field of medicine had endless possibilities but peds was a path from which, once set upon, one would never be able to veer. As soon as I accepted that invitation, I could practically hear the echo of a dozen doors slamming shut. (more…)
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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…)
I’m two weeks into my family medicine rotation and over the past 12 days (Sundays off), I’ve drawn blood, given shots and consulted with dozens of patients in every age group – highlights include a one-month-old with a cold, a 7 year old who burst into tears at the mention of a flu shot but once done, mercilessly teased his sister about being scared and a psych patient whose son had died due to complications of Marfan’s syndrome. Although my heart still belongs to neonatology, I don’t think family medicine would be so bad.
Dr. Y continues to be amazing – it seems that he knows everything! Every morning, we go over at least one of his past cases and if we have time between patients, we discuss more. One of his practices serves and almost-exclusively Orthodox Jewish community so we’ve been able to review dozens of real-life case studies of some rare diseases that are prevalent in populations of Ashkenazi Jewish descent – today, we reviewed a case of Hemophilia C.
The only downside to rotating at Dr. Y’s practice is the neighborhood. The office is one block away from a housing project with a pretty bad reputation. Also, there’s a ton of construction going on in the area and the roads are horrible. Nonetheless, it’s turning out to be an excellent learning experience. 4 weeks to go – I hope they’re even more interesting than the last two.
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.