Yesterday was the best day ever!!
I got up at 5 to read some things to prepare for my first day of rotations, showered, got ready, packed lunch, made breakfast, and left the house at 7. Breakfast was a yummy bowl of plain greek yogurt, blueberries, and some Ezekiel cereal on top for crunch.
From 8-12 we had orientation for the Medicine Clerkship. I’m starting on Medicine (which just means general internal medicine) but I am on outpatient for 4 weeks and then inpatient at the hospital for 4 weeks. The morning looked like this:
During the entire orientation, I started to think about the responsibility I have this year. Rotations aren’t like regular school where you have selected lectures to study and an outline for the exam. This year, I have to constantly study by learning about my patients, by reading about their conditions, and asking questions. I can get lots from textbooks, but it is my responsibility to actually learn.
After orientation, I ran to my car and scarfed down some watermelon, carrots, and a piece of quinoa loaf (recipe posted under food) that I made and froze a few weeks ago. Then I drove to my clinic for the afternoon. It was time to get started seeing patients!!!!
I met my preceptor and immediately got started seeing patients. I can’t explain how amazing it felt to actually contribute to helping these patients. I was filling out things in the chart, inserting my thoughts and input about the care of the patient (my preceptor actually liked a medication choice I suggested and talked to her patient about starting it); it was amazing. After writing up my history and physical for my first patient, my preceptor asked me to sign the chart.
Whoa what? I have to sign the chart?? Yep! It was then that I really felt the responsibility of third year hit me.
Later in the day I got to council a patient on weight loss and I felt like I really helped motivate her.
By the end of the day, I honestly felt like an adult. I know this sounds so cheesy, but since I’ve been a student for so many years, I still think of myself as a teenager! Today I realized that I am transitioning into a new phase of my life, where I will be responsible for my patients.
It’s super scary!!
So… I treated myself to some sushi at the end of the day. Basically, this was an overwhelming but great great day.
Where do you feel responsibility in your life? Is it with your job? your kids? your personal health?
I just love this sign from Wishard, so I thought I would throw it in for your personal enjoyment: