Wow! I want to start by apologizing for being a little late on this post. Things have been flying by and I am over halfway done with my third year of medical school! I’ll give you a quick update of what has happened since my last post.
I had my pediatrics rotation for eight weeks. Four of those weeks are spent on the inpatient service at Dayton Children’s Hospital while the other four are spent at one of many various outpatient sites. I really enjoyed inpatient; I have always felt the hospital is where I belong. The rumors are true and you WILL get sick on your pediatric rotation. No matter how many times you wash your hands those bugs seem to always follow you home. It’s RSV and flu season, but I surprisingly ended up with a 24-hour case of gastroenteritis (go figure). You also have to do one week of nights while on the inpatient service. I must say I really enjoyed it. Even though the hours are longer and it can be busier than the day shift at times, I felt that it was quiet and there were not a lot of other things going on at the hospital to distract you. Maybe I can get hired somewhere where I only work nights. People have to have surgeries at night too, right?
Outpatient was also fun and I was placed at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB). I think this is one of the things that makes Wright State such a unique place to go to medical school. We have several different hospitals and they all provide a different experience. At WPAFB I was able to rotate through adolescent medicine, pediatric cardiology, development, and even the newborn nursery! Many of my classmates did not get this opportunity and I think it made learning even more fun.
In other news, and not related to courses, I was accepted for an oral presentation at a medical education conference in Columbus, Ohio that will take place this April. I have been working on this research since my first year of medical school and I am glad to see my hard work paying off. If you end up coming to Wright State and have no idea where to start when it comes to research let me know. I found myself in a similar circumstance early on.
Right now I have one week under my belt of the surgery rotation. I must say that I absolutely love it! I am at a location in Springfield where there are no residents. This basically means I am first assist on all the surgeries. As you can imagine I am having a blast! After four weeks there I will start a trauma rotation at Miami Valley. Hopefully I get to be just as involved there!
As always feel free to email me with any questions about medical school, Dayton, Wright State, or life in general. See you in eight weeks!