The Beginning of A Surreal Transition

That moment when you realize that you’re ONLY THREE WEEKS AWAY from graduation!!!

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I’m really going to have an M.D. in three weeks y’all. Like, I’m really about to be a Black Man, M.D. forreal forreal. I can’t even begin to express the level of emotion that I will surely feel during Graduation weekend and beyond. Just thinking about it all is starting to give me goosebumps!

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Although it hasn’t completely hit me yet (and it most likely won’t until the day after I graduate), I still can’t find the right words to fully encompass the feeling I get whenever I begin thinking about the magnitude of this accomplishment. The closest I can get to describing this feeling are using words like: surreal, incredible, humbling, nerve-wracking, sensational, exciting, delightful, extraordinary, and dumbfounding. I feel like although I’ve learned SO MUCH in these past few years, I still have a lot to learn before becoming the type of confident, intelligent and graceful healer that people think of whenever they hear the word “Doctor”.

Turns out, that’s exactly what my residency training is for.

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I’m not supposed to know everything before starting my intern year. As a matter of fact, there isn’t a doctor out there that knows all there is to know about medicine; that’s why we call it the “practice of medicine”. So with that said, as long as I know how to look up answers to the questions I have, know when to ask for help, know how to be a great team player, and know how to effectively learn from both my mistakes as well as the mistakes of others in order to grow into a better clinician, I’ll be just fine as I begin my residency training in June. 😁😁😁

My confidence in starting residency is also being boosted by the Intern Boot Camp experience that my school has been hosting this past week. The sessions that I have participted in so far have been very helpful in preparing me for the beginning of my intern year of residency. The sessions that I have participated in touched on topics such as how to effectively transition care in the hospital, tips regarding lines and tubes on imaging films, debt management & loan repayment, over-the-counter medications, effectively giving bad news & avoiding burnout, effective approaches to pain management and rashes in the pediatric population, the importance of sleep in residency, adolescent rights, treating conditions that commonly present in the hospital, and appropriately prescribing opioids to patients (part of our special DEA-X training).

In addition, I got the chance to participate in a workshop where I was tasked with leading a multidisciplinary team in stabilizing a patient who was acutely decompensating (talk about nerve-wracking), I practiced performing various procedures (putting in an IV line, placing and removing a central line, establishing intraosseous access, and performing a lumbar puncture) at a separate procedures workshop that took place in our old anatomy lab (I HAD FLASHBACKS 😩😨πŸ₯Ί), and I learned some valuable teaching skills during an “Intern as Teacher” workshop that I will try to utilize throughout my time in residency. These have all been very fruitful experiences that I’m sure will prove to be immensely useful in a few short months, and I’m looking forward to learning from the rest of the sessions taking place this week.Β I’m SO glad that Wake is doing this for us; Lord knows I needed a few reminders about certain topics before graduating. It’s amazing how rusty you can get during your last year of school…..πŸ˜…πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

After this upcoming week, I’ll be done with my boot camp experience and will officially be done with all of my requirements for medical school. I’ll then be playing the waiting game for two weeks as I continue to make preparations for graduation and the beginning of my residency training. Preparing for residency means that I’ll have to start packing up my belongings and begin the process of moving to Chapel Hill. In case you weren’t already aware, I. HATE. MOVING. (I managed to only have to move one time during my four years here, and it was literally up the street…I still hated every second of the processΒ πŸ˜’) But alas, it must be done. So I’ll get it done. Along with moving, I still need to finish getting all of my paperwork done for my residency training. There’s sooo much paperwork that I need to complete in the next couple of weeks…it’s damn near suffocating. But again, I’ll get it done because if I don’t, I can’t begin my training. And it would have been a hell of a waste of time, effort and MONEY if I went through everything I’ve gone through, only to not be able to use my medical degree in my residency program.Β The thought of not being able to start my training makes me shudder.Β So yeah, I’ll shut up and get the paperwork done lol.Β 

Okay, I think that does it for this post. I hope you had a marvelous weekend and that you have a spectacular week! πŸ˜„

“Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.” – Brian Tracy

– Black Man, M.D.

P.S. – I went to my first music festival this past weekend! Broccoli City was a good time, though it had the potential to be even better. Shoutout to VIP access thoooo!!!Β πŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ™ŒπŸΏπŸ™ŒπŸΏ

P.P.S. – I STILL haven’t seen Avengers yet! 😭😭😭 I’ll fix that this week though!!! Oh and although I don’t really watch Game of Thrones, I decided to watch the latest episode with my girlfriend (a very devoted fan) last night. That battle scene was CRAAAZZYYY!!!

Preparations.

Umm, okay……well……not much has changed in my life since my last post.

Your boy is still here making the most of the free time that has been afforded to him during this flex block. 😜

I flew back from Boston last Tuesday and have been hanging around both Chapel Hill and Winston since then. I’ve also been continuing to prepare myself as well as my region for the SNMA’s Annual Medical Education Conference, which is taking place this week in Philly! Definitely excited about that, especially since it will be my last AMEC as a medical student. πŸ˜₯Β I’m sure I’ll have plenty to say about my experience at the conference next week, so stay tuned for that post!

Although I don’t have much to update you with today, I do have a couple of things that are worth mentioning in this post. First off, my girlfriend and I did some apartment shopping yesterday in the Chapel Hill/Durham area and ended up being impressed by a couple of great places on our short list of complexes to visit. It was invigorating to explore new locations and to imagine what it would be like living in a brand-new community after having spent several years in Winston. It was also just as thrilling to consider the fact that I will now be in close proximity to my significant other after having spent the past four years in separate cities! πŸ˜„

What I’ll NOT be looking forward to is the actual process of moving all our stuff into a new apartment. God, I HATE moving. This is probably part of the reason as to why I don’t own a lot of things lol. I guess I just figured that the less I own, the less I’ll have to move. You may think that sounds stupid, but I don’t really care. I stand by my logic! 😀

The other thing I would like to mention is that I got the opportunity to be featured on a podcast a couple days ago! The podcast, Melan-In-White Coats, is one that was started by three medical students who wanted to use their unique platform to share their experiences as minority medical students with their audience while also discussing a variety of topics with invited guests on the podcast. On the episode that I was featured on, the host and I talked about numerous things, those of which included: sustaining a relationship while in medical school, the importance of giving back to the community, the growth of my blog, the scholarship that I just recently launched, my ambitions and expectations in the field of Pediatrics, and more! We had a great time chatting with one another as the time flew by, and we ended up inspiring one another to further expand our own respective platforms! Speaking on a podcast for the first time was a humbling experience, and I’m looking forward to sharing the episode with you all once it is officially up and running! πŸ™ŒπŸΏ

That’s all I really have to say today. Short and sweet.

I hope that you have a delightful week! And to those of you who celebrate it, have an amazing Palm Sunday!

“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

– Black Man, M.D.

Moving Along With Time

I can’t express in words how much I hate moving.

Like, I HATE MOVING.

The whole process of taking everything down in your apartment, packing it all up, transporting all your items to the UHaul, driving the UHaul to your new place, UNLOADING everything from the truck, carrying those items unto your new spot and rearranging everything once you’ve finished bringing everything in the apartment is a struggle from the depths of hell. That may be a bit dramatic, but I don’t care. I spent ALL DAY yesterday moving from my apartment of two years to a new one up the street, mainly because of rising rent prices. Plus, the new one had a better deal overall and was cheaper than what I was paying this past year. And furthermore, my roommate had decided that he was going to move out of our apartment to a house closer to the hospital. Soooo I made the executive decision to endure the struggle of the moving process, even though it’s one of my least favorite things to do. Luckily (or unluckily, depending on your perspective) I don’t own many things, so I was able to start and finish the whole process in one day! So I’m currently all moved in and enjoying my new apartment, which also happens to have a skylight in it! I’m also even closer to downtown Winston-Salem now, so many of the restaurants are within walking distance from me. Only thing missing is a grocery store, which I still gotta hop in a car and drive to when necessary. Closest thing I got to a grocery store is CVS about a block away. Yeah, I wouldn’t wanna grocery shop there either.

But you didn’t click on this link to read about my moving struggles. You clicked to read about how my latest experience in my Internal Medicine clerkship went and what you could possibly take from my experience so far. Or you may have clicked for another reason unbeknownst to me. I don’t care. I’m just glad you’ve taken some time out of your precious day to read what I end up typing on this post. For that, you are much appreciated. I’m grateful for your attention. Thank you!

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As a sidenote, take a listen to that new DJ Khaled album, Grateful, if you haven’t already. It’sΒ πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯! The album also got me through the hassle of the moving process. Did I already tell you how much I hate moving? My disdain for it is up there on the list next to being ignored. And having insomnia. Insomnia is the absolute worst.

Lol okay, I’m done.

I spent this past week working at an outpatient clinic for the underserved in downtown Winston, where I interacted with an interesting array of patients. During the week, I worked on my history-taking and physical exam skills as well as my patient presentation skills. I also wrote up a few patient notes and was able to get some good feedback on those from my attendings. One interesting aspect of my time in the downtown clinic was participating in this program called CarePlus, where healthcare providers travel to the homes of certain patients to make sure that these patients are getting the care that they need. I was able to ride along with a nurse on one of these trips and was afforded a unique perspective of distributing healthcare as a result. We traveled to three different patient homes, all in places that I wouldn’t have ever ventured to otherwise. By going to these places and experiencing them with my own eyes, I could fully appreciate how much of an effect the environments of these patients had on their overall health and on their respective perspectives of the world. I was already well aware of the types of environments that a vast majority of the underserved population routinely inhabit and of the power that an individual’s environment has on their life. This experience only heightened my awareness of that absolute truth. Overall, my experience in the clinic was a great one! The atmosphere was inclusive, the people that I worked with were very friendly, and I didn’t have to wake up at 4:45 AM each morning. How can you beat that? Plus, I’ve been doing quite well so far in staying disciplined in my studies. I’m seeing a steady increase in my knowledge base and I’m getting better at reasoning through these practice questions. Yes, they’re still hard as hell…but I’m learning a ton from them!

With that said, I gotta get back to them. I took an unexpected (and extended) break from studying this afternoon, but I got free food and good vibes from friends in return! So now that I’ve used up a good portion of my afternoon, it’s time for me to get back to the grind and prepare for my week in hospice care coming up. I have a strong feeling that this is going to be quite an emotional week…

Y’all be sure to have a lovely week! It’s hard to believe that I’m already halfway done with my first rotation of third-year!

“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn

– Black Man, M.D.

P.S. – R.I.P. to the King of Pop!