In Love with Medicine

So, I am back on placement and I am having one of those “I am so in love with med school” kind of weeks.

I always love medical school, but this particular placement has me extremely excited. Our second year of medical school is called our “transitional year” where we get used to rotating in hospitals.  We spend 5 weeks in the hospital and 5 weeks in PBL/ Lectures. We complete 3 rotations in our second year, GP, Surgical and Medicine.

I had my surgical rotation first, and even though it confirmed I have no interest in surgery, I realized how much I love in-patient care, visiting them in their room and trying to lift their spirits. GP was fantastic because 2 of the 5 weeks were dedicated to pediatrics and 1 week was OB/GYN, where I was able to be there for delivery of twins (and almost passed out from excitement!).

My last rotation is medicine. A week ago I was a little anxious about going back on placement, it means long days and less study time. But now that I’m there I love it. My placement partner is awesome, very motivated and ready to learn, but also a friend so days are fun. My new main tutor is the best I have had so far. He probably has the highest expectations for us. He will be going through our patient notes and evaluating them, and expects us to come extremely prepared for tutorials. It is exactly the motivation I need for the end of the year, it makes me so much more enthusiastic knowing that my tutor takes such an interest in how hard we are working. In addition to my main tutor, all the other doctors are extremely helpful and their tutorials are a perfect review for my last placement before exams. By day 4 we have already reviewed some of the most difficult topics for me, and I have a good grasp on them now. My main tutor also told us to let him know ANY topic we want him to do a tutorial on and he will plan it. EXCITED!!
Here is the typical schedule, after placement I go right to a coffee shop and study until 12-1am