Hi guys!! So much has happened in the last week that I decided to write a blog post to share all the fun details!
One week ago, Monday, April 3rd, was my last day of gross lab EVER! I finished the practical with a grade way better than I expected because head&neck just isn’t my thing. I think the teachers made the practical a little easy on us because they could tell the whole class was pretty burnt out from the longest semester ever.
My semester consisted of both anatomy and histology. Anatomy and Histology had four components: histo lab, histo lecture, gross lab, gross lecture. There were three blocks: musculoskeletal, thorax&abdomen&pelvis, and then head&neck. We were in the lab 3-4 days a week, 2-3 hours at a time. It was SO DRAINING. Also, we never had a complete day off because most exams finished on a Monday afternoon, so we only had Monday night to completely relax before new material started Tuesday.
Next was Tuesday, April 4th. I had an eye practicum, shadowing (cardiology), and Girls on the Run. The eye practicum thing was pretty cool but was at 7am so I was just a little tired. We got to look into classmates dilated eyes with an ophthalmoscope and view the arteries in the back on the eye. This was my first time using an ophthalmoscope and I never realized how close you have to get to the person who you are viewing. I felt like I was way too close and invading their space when in actuality, I was still too far away.
I loved my shadowing experience on Tuesday. I got to see a cardiologist do a transesophageal ultrasound to view the valves of the heart. My school has a large emphasis on ultrasound so I’ve been exposed to it before this experience. I was able to follow along and correctly identify the chambers and directionality of the heart that was on the screen.
Finally, I had Girls on the Run. This literally made my day. At the end of each practice, the coaches nominate a girl for an “energy award” meaning that the girl went above and beyond that practice whether by running or displaying our class values. The girls also nominate one of their peers. But this day, the girls decided to nominate me, a coach! It was the cutest thing ever and it really touched me knowing that I am making a positive impact on these girls.
I attended my first OBGYN Grand Rounds on Wednesday, April 5th. The residents and faculty had a lecture on cleft lip/palate deformities and the plastic surgery that is done afterwards to correct them. There was a little segment that described how these nasocranial defects can be seen on ultrasound super early, which will help the plastic surgeon make plans ahead of time on how to perform the surgery.
After grand rounds, and friend and I went to a local cafe that was SO CUTE. I got my first little latte in a coffee cup there and a cute breakfast! We studied for our shelf exam there for a few hours before we had to go back to school for CLG or clinical learning group. The rest of the day was spent studying for shelf, but I made sure to study outside on my new patio furniture because it was 70 degrees!
The shelf exam was at 9 on Thursday, April 6th. After this was finished, I went home and took the best nap ever. I was just so happy and relieved to be done with anatomy!! Next was Girls on the Run which taught the girls an awesome lesson about empathy. As I was waiting for the last girl to get picked up, I checked my email. I saw an email that I wasn’t expecting until Friday, so I was initially confused. When I clicked the email, the main body was loading while the subject line read “Research Fellowship Offer Letter“. It was right then when I realized I received my dream research position!!!!
As soon as I got in the car to go home, I called my boyfriend to tell him the amazing news. He was SO excited for me and it was the best feeling ever. I interviewed for this position during test week, driving 6 hours for a 30 minute interview. I’m so glad this sacrifice of time paid off because now I get to work in a field I am super interested in.
This will be my first time being involved with clinical research and I’m eager to see how the experience unfolds. I’ll be living close to my family which is so needed after living in a new state for med school. One of the better things about this research fellowship is that it’s paid! Super helpful because ya know: poor med student probs.
Anyways, I drove home Thursday night, the first official day of spring break. A snow storm awaited me but now all the snow is gone as I type up this blog post (thank goodness). Since break started, I started 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, started reading When Breath Becomes Air, and have been sleeping so much. Also, I’m trying to get back on my workout game since exam weeks are always brutal on me. I spent a day exploring my dad’s new office and a day celebrating my summer plans with my boyfriend! The celebratory day consisted of tacos and a walk on the beach 🙂
Sorry for the long read, hopefully the pictures made it more fun 🙂 I’m off to enjoy the rest of this sunny, no school or homework filled Monday!