Just thought I’d drop in with a brief update about how I’m going to lose my mind. On Monday I returned to SJEH to begin my four week Emergency Medicine elective, which is, while so far very exciting, possibly the worst rotation I could have chosen. Over the next couple of months I have to prepare for Step 2 CS (June 17th), Step 2 CK (July 17th for now, may be changed) and get everything ready for ERAS and the NRMP. In addition, by the 20th of this month, I have to submit the materials required for my school to create an MSPE so spectacular that program directors’ eyes will burst from their heads with wonder at what a spectacular candidate I am. This is of course, after they have swooned from the thrill of how awesome my personal statement and letters of recommendation are and how impressive my CK score is. A high pressure elective (with a schedule of call that makes my study schedule nigh impossible to adhere to) in what is gearing up to be a season full of strain? Excellent planning there! (more…)
Posted tagged ‘Internal Medicine’
I can hardly believe that there is only one week left of my Internal Medicine rotation. While it does feel like I’ve been at Wyckoff forever, it also seems like time has flown by, especially with the (grade-determining) final exam only a few days away. It’s been a busy month for me so I haven’t had time to update as much as I would have liked, but here’s a brief description of how the second half of IM went for me.
It seems like in the blink of an eye, 12 weeks has turned into 5. This week was the beginning of the second half of my internal medicine at WHMC and things have unexpectedly shifted gears. Before I explain how, I needs must recap my experience of the first half of IM.
At Wyckoff, IM is split into two modules: service and private. For six weeks, one is part of a service team (mine was the blue team) which consists of one attending, two senior residents, 4-6 interns (first year residents) and 6-8 medical students. The team is responsible for service patients (patients who are admitted to the hospital and assigned to a random team) as well as certain private patients (usually, those who have been admitted by the attending but sometimes, just patients that are under the care of the intern and/or resident). The role of the student varies, depending largely on how willing one’s intern is to take one under his/her wing. A student may be asked to obtain clinical data, ferry samples to the lab, perform physical exams, research topics related to the patient’s condition or to present the patient during attending rounds. Basically, whatever any person on the team asks a student to do, the student must do it. Students are also required to give a 20-30 minute powerpoint case presentation related to one of the service patients for the team*. In addition, every 4 days, the team has short call (from 7 am to 7 pm), during which time, the team admits new patients from the ER. Of course, students are required to attend lectures during the day as well (this is also true for the second module). Residents and interns rotate from team to team every month, so I actually shadowed 2 interns (and thus, had two different experiences) during the service half of my rotation. (more…)
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…)