-- November 24th, 2012, 2:43 pm
So third year has begun, and it is so much more relaxing than first or second year – well, in some regards. Classes aren’t bad, but there are next year’s electives that have to be dealt with, and that’s pretty time consuming.
Life has been uneventful otherwise. I’m GTL’ing today. I also started volunteering in the ER, which is a nice way to meet different doctors and nurses. Plus I get to practice random skills like suturing, casting, inserting catheters and IV lines. I also get to brush up on my EKG-reading skills.
I don’t know what to do with this blog. I feel restricted as to what parts of my life I can write about. And forget about writing how I feel – that would just be disastrous… What I wanted to start doing was posting more about random medical topics that come up during rounds and wards. I always write down things like, “Look up pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, , Leriche syndrome, etc…” but I find I almost never have time to actual do it. So maybe I’ll start – and I’ll post what I find here… Maybe…
-- August 17th, 2012, 1:36 am
So my big test is over and done with! USMLE Step 1, you are (hopefully) past me. Results will come in about 3-6 weeks via email. I’m actually really glad that I wrote the test with a few of my friends. I thought it would make me anxious and annoyed, but I found that I was more calm.
Anyway, left one country this morning, stopped by in another, and tomorrow I get to go home! Now all I have to do is pack… which I hate doing. I don’t know what to bring with me… I think it’s going to be another empty suitcase for me. Or maybe I’ll stuff it with clothes I don’t wear anymore but can’t yet throw out.
-- August 7th, 2012, 8:58 pm
There’s only one more week between me and the test of doom. 7 days. I feel oddly at ease now, because all I have left is repeat practice questions to go through.
And that is it from my end. Back to studying.
-- August 5th, 2012, 4:04 pm
There is only 10 more days until my test. My heart starts to beat a little bit faster each time I think about that. I’m ready – I’m more than ready, but I can’t help but panic each time I think about writing the actual 7 hour exam.
I won’t be alone. There are several other people in my class who will be writing with me. I don’t know if that makes me more nervous, or if it provides me with some relief.
Oh well. 10 more days. Diving into complete hermit mode. The only time I will leave my house this week will be for the gym and for groceries.