New Expectations

It’s been a chilllll week.

Even with me having to run multiple errands, send various emails, attend a meeting, and mentally prepare for my next rotation, I’ve been having a very relaxing week. As a matter of fact, I haven’t felt this relaxed ever since my post-Step vacation! (a.k.a. right before I started third-year.) I almost didn’t know what to do with all of my extra free time! I ended up doing a lot of reading for pleasure, catching up on a show that I don’t want to admit that I still watch 😂, hanging out with friends, updating sections on the blog (check out the new section if you haven’t already!) and helping my girlfriend move into her new place in Chapel Hill. I stayed in Winston for the first half of my weeklong break and drove over to Chapel Hill early last Thursday, where I still currently am right now. It has been a very restful break and now that I’m re-energized, I’m ready to take on my second clerkship of third-year!

However, being ready to take on my Ob/Gyn clerkship doesn’t mean that I know exactly what to expect. I recieved my clerkship schedule last week and it already seems like it’s going to be vastly different from my Internal Medicine experience. Plus, it’s only a six-week clerkship as opposed to my 12-week IM clerkship…which means that I won’t have anywhere near the amount of time that I had in my previous clerkship to study for my shelf exam. I’ll literally have to start aggressively studying for the Ob/Gyn shelf exam from day one.

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Although I currently don’t have much of an interest in this specialty, I’m looking forward to experiencing what it has to offer and to how my relationships with the patients that I’ll serve will impact both me and them. Because I was pretty interested in the reproductive unit of my second-year coursework, I want to assume that I’ll find some real interest in caring for this patient population as a whole. Also, the thought of me delivering someone’s baby both excites and freaks the hell out of me at the same time! I can only imagine how indescribable that experience will be! But before I get too deep into the clerkship, I have to go through a weeklong orientation that starts tomorrow morning at 7 AM. Thank God, because I definitely wouldn’t feel comfortable performing Pap smears or any other gynecologic procedures on the first couple days of this new experience.

Well, that’s really all I have to say today. I don’t really have anything else that exciting to share with you right now…but I’m positive that these next several weeks will give me more than enough remarkable experiences to tell you about!

Make sure to spread some love this week and to make it an extraordinary one! I know it may be easier said than done in this nightmarish world we’re currently living in, but it’s extremely important that we don’t succumb to the hate that we have been exposed to in alarming doses as of late. It’s okay to get angry and to feel frustrated, but please try your best to not let these hateful acts of terrorism negatively impact you. And finally, play whatever part you can to ensure that this country moves forward in a better direction, regardless of how ineffective, ridiculous, preposterous, insane, and backwards the current administration is.

“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

– Black Man, M.D.

 

On To The Next One

How wild is it that I’m already 1/4 of the way through with my third-year??

I’ve completed 25% of the year and August has barely begun!

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What’s even crazier is that I’ve completed a grand total of ONE rotation throughout these past 12 weeks lol. I have classmates who’ve already taken three shelf exams so far…meanwhile I’m over here reflecting on the fact that I took my first one this past Friday. That 110-question exam was quite a challenge, if I do say so myself; it honestly felt like a mini-Step 1 exam in my opinion…except we were moreso being asked questions on the management of patient presentations as opposed to what the diagnosis was. The 2-hour and 45-minute time limit didn’t help either. It may sound like a lot of time, but mannn it honestly wasn’t.

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I found myself having to work quicker than I would have liked, especially late into the test when I realized that if I wanted to have even just a few minutes to review the questions that I had marked for review, I could only give myself a maximum of a minute per question. A good amount of those questions weren’t easy either. Me along with about 85% of my classmates taking their respective shelf exams at the same time ended up using every single minute that was allotted to us. I left the test feeling pretty damn unsure about my performance on it overall, but I’m going to go ahead and confidently say that I feel like I at least passed it! I’m speaking it into existence! Just like Step, I prepared the best I could and I have no regrets on how I performed on test day. All I can do is press on onto my next rotation, which is Obstetrics & Gynecology! 😅

Now that my Internal Medicine clerkship has come to a close, I’ve been granted with a weeklong break before my next rotation! Thing is, because I had been busy preparing for my exam these past couple of weeks while attending to my hospital duties as a third-year med student, I’ve been pushing other responsibilites aside and have been telling myself that I would take care of them during this break. Welp, now the time has come to take care of those responsibilities/errrands…so I’ll be busy completing them during my break. However, I’ll also be going to Chapel Hill to help my girlfriend move in later on this week!! I’m really looking forward to seeing her again and am thrilled about the fact that we’ll now be a lot closer to each other! 😄😄😄 I’m just as thrilled about not having to wake up before the crack of dawn and not having to go to sleep soon after the sun goes down. I’m well aware that I’ll be getting back to that schedule real soon though…

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Y’all make sure to have a both productive and phenomenal week!

“The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.”― Michael Altshuler

– Black Man, M.D.

P.S. – The biennial National Black Theatre Festival was going on in Winston-Salem this past week and I missed most of it due to me preparing for my exam…but I did get to go to a free outdoor concert last night! Plus, I had NEVER seen so many black people in downtown Winston-Salem at one time…it was spectacular!