Can you believe I’ve posted so many days in a row? Well I tricked you and actually wrote all these posts on Monday and then scheduled them to go out every day this week. Muahahaha..
Seriously though, I figured that instead of writing one giant post I could break it up into several smaller posts. Which do you like better?
Since it’s already ALMOST SEPTEMBER (seriously how!?!) I thought I should do a little ophthalmology update to let you know how everything is going!
Pretty much, it’s going great. The first 4 months of ophtho at Mayo are spent with 1/2 days in our resident run emergency clinic (which is fantastic learning because you never know what is going to walk through the door, and it’s run by our chief residents, so there is tons of great teaching) and 1/2 days in refraction clinic. Refraction clinic is more of the general eye exam you could get from an optometrist and we spend a lot of time prescribing new glasses and things like that.
I know refraction clinic is so good for us, because we need to be good at the basic things like prescribing glasses and understanding how vision changes in nearsighted, farsighted, and older people… but honestly, I am pretty ready to be done with refraction.
It’s very tedious and a little boring to me. So whenever I get tired of it, I just need to remember to be grateful! It’s awesome that we get to learn everything we do and have such great support for our first 4 months.
Also, optics is almost over!!! Hurray!! I am not going to miss twice weekly 7 am lectures with homework and quizzes.
I’m so glad we have built in time to learn all of optics and we don’t have to find time to learn it on our own, but man… optics is not my favorite.
On September 1st, the second years hand over the primary ophtho pager and we start taking primary call as first years. That means that every single day for the next year, if there is a consult placed in the hospital, if someone has an eye problem and comes to the emergency room, or if an existing ophthalmology patient has a problem and calls the department, we are the ones to respond to that call.
We are the ones to see patients in the ED, patients from hospital consults, and any other eye patient during non-business hours. We (the 4 first year residents) carry that pager until September 1, 2016 when we can hand it off to the next class.
The second years had a meeting with us last week and gave us our call bags and told us all about call. Our bags come packed with all kinds of eye drops and medications, needles, culture kits, eye shields, ointment, bandage contact lenses, and more goodies.
I know that in one year we will be exhausted and not excited to have these bags, so we took advantage of our newbie enthusiasm and snapped a picture. We can compare it with a picture in one year when we are all haggard and exhausted.
And that sums up ophtho so far. I love my co-residents, I love my program (seriously this program is so fantastic and I’m so lucky) and all is well 🙂 I know this happiness might not last once call starts and Minnesota winter rolls around, so everybody remind me that I used to like it when I get all depressed and start complaining okay?