Sunday, August 9, 2015

Monday Rewind

Another week gone!  I'm halfway through my two-week shadowing rotation, and I'm really enjoying it so far! I didn't get a chance to explain too much about it in my last post, but I'm taking some elective credits that allow me to get some early exposure to primary care specialties. I don't really have many clinical skills yet (starting second year next week!) so it's just a lot of watching so far, but I'm definitely learning a lot.  The physician I work with is an internist that mostly treats patients from a tight knit, strongly religious community.  It's been a really immersive experience getting to know these people.  This physician has been seeing some of the same patients for over thirty years and know every detail of their lives, even unrelated to medicine.  Beneath the disease, and even beneath the constructs of their religion, there is so much complexity, uniqueness, and humanity.  We are all similar, yet so so different.  I'm not sure yet if primary care is for me, but if anything this experience has made me sure I made the right decision to pursue medical school! (Sorry no white coat pics this week)

As for other updates, I've hardly done any cooking and I've been eating all sorts of bad for me things (which isn't anything new haha).  One meal I did manage to make and photograph was pan-cooked shrimp and crispy brussel sprouts over Trader Joe's frozen butternut squash risotto.  Didn't involve toooo much cooking obviously, but more effort than I usually put in haha. I also made a few green smoothies, which are super yummy and make me feel at least a little healthier.  Otherwise, I've been picking up food (sushi picnic on the living room floor!) and going out a lot....not very healthy, but delicious! I should hopefully get back on a better schedule when classes start.
 This weekend I took a road trip to visit a friend in New England. I had a blast, but spent wayyy too many hours in the car. New York traffic is the worst!  Treated myself to a yummy cappuccino when we finally got there.  Even though it was stressful and I wasn't able to spend too much time there, I'm glad I was able to make the trip before I start getting busy with school again.
We have a required equipment list for school this year, and my blood pressure cuff and otoscope/ophthalmoscope set finally came in the mail a few days ago. I'm driving my family up the wall practicing on them.  Still having trouble seeing the back of the eye, but I've successfully taken a few blood pressures now! Baby steps ;)
 Even though step 1 is a way long ways away, I'm starting to think about what study aids I want to buy and use during second year.  I've ordered First Aid and I'm already subscribed to Picmonic (really only used it for biochem so far though) but I'm not sure what else to get and use along with my class materials. Any other med school bloggers/readers have suggestions?

I'm hoping to get at least one other post in this week, besides my weekly update. Anything that you guys would like to see?  Tell me how you have been wrapping up your summer!

6 comments:

  1. Getting to see the clinical side of medicine is definitely an amazinggg motivator + reminder of why we go into medicine! <3 The fact that you get to know your patients over a long period of time is one of my favorite aspects of primary care/family medicine! <3

    Firecracker helped me a lot for concurrently studying for classes and for boards! Question banks are also super super helpful! (UWorld has amazing explanations! <3)

    P.S. That sushi looks amazingggg. *-*

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    1. If I could, I would eat sushi for every meal haha. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. You are so on top of it with your FirstAid! Here's what I did for Step 1, hope it helps!

    http://agirlandherwhitecoat.com/2015/02/19/my-step-1-study-essentials/

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    1. Thanks!!! Definitely going to check that out

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  3. I would definitely recommend Pathoma! It covers a lot of the pathology material SO WELL - I used it to supplement lectures last year and absolutely loved it. I would also second Firecracker, if it's something that can fit in your budget; the dang thing is quite expensive, and I waited until they had a big sale a few months ago to bite the bullet.

    (I'm keeping an eye on this post to see if anyone else has some useful resources to suggest! I'm always on the lookout for new ideas and study aids)

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    1. Yeah, everything seems really pricey :/ as long as it works though I guess its worth it, right? Haha. Can't believe second year is already starting ahhhh

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