Saturday, February 21, 2015

Falling into place

Night 1 in Romania at Caru' cu Bere.
Everything is falling into place, and I actually have an idea of where I’m going to be for the next few months. About a month ago I received an email from school that the clinical sites for 3rd and 4thyear have changed. Puerto Rico was added to the list and the ones in mainland USA were cut in half. The school was going to use random allocation for the North American sites offered, meaning a computer randomly decided where I would be living and pretty much if I would be living with my husband or not. The two+ weeks we had to wait to hear where we would be places was extremely distracting and really threw me off my study scheule, but 2 weeks ago I finally heard that I would be allocated to my first choice, which means Ben, and I will no longer be long distance!!! I was so excited it felt like we just got engaged all over again. After that, everything else started to fall into place. I scheduled my USMLE, the 5K dates were announced, I secured an internship with a pediatric neurologist and my family is arranging a family reunion. I also have my Masters degree class schedule for 2015-2016. Now that my USMLE has a set date, I am freaking out about how much studying I have to do, how close the end of year exams are, and how soon I have to pack up to move home. I’m motivated, excited, nervous, and enthusiastic, I am pretty much all over the place. But for now, I need to enjoy my last real vacation for this 3-day weekend in Romania with my best friend. After this, School, Study Sleep, Repeat.

Life so Far:
White Coat CeremonyàApril 24th
Move back to AmericaàMay 15+- a few days
InternshipàStarting June (but can start in last week of May if I wish)
Ben and I move to ChicagoàJuly 1st
Reeach project due (on strokesà)July 17th
Family Reunion:àJuly 18th
USMLEàJuly 26th
1st day of Masters degreeà August 3rd
1st day of Third Yearà August 3rd
Multiple Myeloma 5KàSeptember 13
(There is another 5K near where my mom lives, but I am not sure if I will b home soon enough)

Back to studying!

Love Well,

Wife MD

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

65th Wiener Artze Ball 2015 Vienna Austria


What’s more “Medical Monday” than an a post about attending a ball with over 1000 waltzing doctors?! (I miss that link-up)
This Weekend I flew to Vienna with several classmates and met Ben to attend the Wiener Artze Ball at the Holfburg Palace. This was the 65th annual ball for medical doctors, and it was an absolutely amazing experience!  When Ben and I entered the palace we were blown away. The entrance featured a string quartet reminding me of my orchestra days.
There was a grand staircase with a red carpet leading to a hallway with the main ballroom. At the top of this staircase Ben and I took our picture and explored the rooms of the palace until the ball opened  The ball opened at 9:30 pm with a debutante committee as well as a Latin dance performance. There were a few “announcements” and introductions, that sounded quite regal, but I didn’t actually know what was being said because they were in German. After the performances were done, many doctors took the floor of the main ballroom for enjoy traditional dances such as the Waltz and Foxtrot. I did not see one couple that didn’t look professional.
 In addition to the main ballroom, there were a variety of other rooms that had different themes, there was a room for jazz music, Latin dance, swing dancing and even a room that played todays hits like Taylor Swift. Every room except the modern room had live music. The ball even featured a casino, ice cream and a few other performances throughout the night. Midway through the ball, Ben and I decided to make a trip to Café Sacher, so he could try the worlds most famous cake. After our dessert break, we went back to the ball for a light dinner and had many failed attempts at waltzing. We finally resorted to the modern music room accepting that we both need to invest in some Ballroom dance lessons to truly enjoy the next ball.
More info about the ball:
Video at the bottom
My Handsome Date

After Giving up on theWaltz
The entrance to the ball

Ice Skating before the ball.. Look at Ben #32 :D

Cafe Sacher