September was a GREAT month. I didn’t have any clinical responsibilities, I got to work on my research project, scrub in on lots of ophthalmology cases,
go to clinic, spend time outside,
workout more than 4x a week,
and play with my favorite husband ever- Kyle 🙂
The Mayo Internal Medicine program is more intense than some other transitional year programs, but I think it’s still pretty sweet. When you match into ophtho, radiology, dermatology, or anesthesia, you are required to do a “preliminary” year or intern year, which is just a medicine year before you begin your specialized training. Transitional year programs are often less intense (think 40-50 hour weeks, lots of elective, not a lot of inpatient medicine) and initially, that’s what I wanted to do. Since Mayo let’s ophtho residents automatically into the prelim program (without interviewing) I had to decide if I wanted to stay in Indianapolis for a year to do a transitional program, or go right to Minnesota for the prelim program. After a lot of thought and discussion with Kyle, we both decided that we wanted a year in Rochester to learn the city, make friends, and learn the hospital before starting ophtho residency. So that’s what we did!!
I have been so pleasantly surprised with how nice the intern medicine year has been. We do have to work more hours and spend more time on inpatient rotations compared with a transitional year program, but Mayo is amazing, I love learning from so many incredible doctors who are leaders in their field, and the schedule really isn’t that bad. We do 2 months of more intense inpatient rotations, and then get a month break with an easier rotation- so my schedule looks like this:
- July- Neurology (inpatient)
- August- ICU (inpatient)
- September- Elective (research- lots of free time!!) + 1 week vacation
- October- Medicine (inpatient)
- November- Hematology (inpatient)
- December- Elective (2 weeks of rheumatology and 2 weeks of neuro-radiology <– I picked those because they are good for ophtho)
- January- Emergency Medicine (shift work- not too bad)
- February- Gastroenterology (inpatient)
- March- Float month (basically a month off unless you get called in)
- April- Medicine (inpatient)
- May- Cardiology (inpatient)
- June- Elective (ophtho clinic 🙂 )
So now that September is over, I want to review my goals from last month and set some new ones! Here were last month’s goals:
- Do something active every single day for the month- I don’t have to “workout” every day, but my goal is to fit in some type of exercise like a walk, yoga, or a real workout. <—- Meh… I definitely worked out more this past month compared with last month, but I also definitely had some super lazy days- oh well!!
- Finish the glaucoma chapter in my ophtho book, plus one other ophtho chapter. <– I finished the glaucoma chapter but not another one. But, I did get a ton of my research done 🙂
- Start studying/make a study plan for Step 3 (my board exams coming up in December) <– Yes- did this.
- And…. my big goal for the month: Complete the Whole30 <– 5 days left!!!!
- Study for 2 hours on every day off. I really want to study more and I think this is reasonable.
- Transition out of the Whole30 without going crazy.
- Workout 5 times a week all month.
- Sleep 7.5 hours a night minimum (I’ve been staying up later than I want to!! No more!)
- Make 5 new recipes and photograph them (trying to get better with my food photography 🙂 )
And that’s it!!
What are your goals this month?