Tuesday, October 7, 2014

M3 - Perspectives and Lessons

The title says it all, which is a good thing because this won't be a long post.

I used to think I wanted to go into Emergency Medicine. I still think I could do EM, help a lot of people, and feel rewarded doing so. However, one thing that I've learned about myself so far during third year is that I could be happy doing a LOT of things. That proves definitively that 1.) medicine is the right field for me (as if there was any question), and 2.) it's not all about what makes you happy. I've learned that it's also about where you fit and what your strengths can do for the team in which you're working.

I have really loved working with the teams on my Pediatric rotation. I loved every minute of working in the hospital during my inpatient weeks. I felt like I fit. Communicating with the patients' parents about their treatment plans and diagnoses, being somewhat goofy and helping the kids feel comfortable even while they're feeling super sick, and then brainstorming with the residents and attendings about what could be going on as well as how to treat it - everything was SO COOL. It was really fun to be able to use my Spanish skills in a clinical setting again - haven't done that much since I was a medical interpreter way back in the day, which I actually don't think I've ever mentioned on here before. I used to be an interpreter at an Obstetrician / Gynecology office before I ever realized that I could go back to school to become a doctor... It was good experience, but only part-time, and I left it after a while to pursue a job that could better pay the bills. It's hard to be a full-time interpreter if you don't work at a hospital, and at the time the local hospital where I lived wasn't hiring.

Anyway, I definitely did not expect to feel so great about Peds. I expected to like it (kids are awesome, after all), but I didn't expect to really love it. It was a pleasant surprise... Let's just say that subsequent rotations have a lot to stack up against. I'm currently doing my outpatient weeks, and the excitement is not fading, merely changing.

All right, UWorld Step 2 practice questions are calling to me. Adieu.

1 comment:

A Doc 2 Be said...

G'luck on Step 2 - :)

I bet the MCAT looks like a high school chemistry test in perspective!

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