Greetings and Salutations, blog readers!
It's been an interesting week. I can honestly say I don't much
know what to do with myself since there aren't any boards to study
for, and it's early in the trimester so there aren't exams (not
that there aren't things to study--mind you). We have had quizzes
and assignments already. The professors certainly aren't wasting
any time! Last week was the first full week of school for me--since
we were taking boards the previous week. It was a LONG week.
The 6th Tri schedule is pretty long and involved. I feel
like we're moving classrooms and changing topics every few minutes.
Everything from Pediatrics to Rehab is on the docket. But, we have
a couple of projects in different classes that are tied together.
Both of which are associated with where we'll be in just a couple
In marketing, we're challenged with setting up a business
plan--a real one. That means I have to research where I think I
might set up my practice, what type of practice I want to have, the
cost of setting up and maintaining a practice, and a million other
things. I'll be honest. I'm a little overwhelmed. On one hand it
seems a little bit premature, and at the same time, now is the time
to do all of this research--before I'm in the clinic and focused on
St. Pete at Dusk
So, the quest is on. I already know what kind of practice I'll
have (Go Functional Med!), but I have no idea where. So I'm looking
into scope of practice in a variety of locations. From there I'll
be searching demographics--to see if the area can support a
practice of this type, and also--if I'd even want to live there.
One more slight complication--are any of these locations anywhere
near where Grey wants to go to college?
So, things can never be simple--can they? I accept this
challenge. It's exciting--to be thinking about and essentially
planning that kind of future--the one where I'm done with school.
Honestly, I can't remember a time when I wasn't in school (well I
can, but it's been a WHILE). All this work that I've been
doing--that all of us have been doing--is starting to come to
fruition. We're building our futures. That's pretty exciting!
Welcome back! How was your break?
I'm fresh from Part 1 of NBCE board exams. I'm still not sure
that I've recovered brain function--but I'm here. So, while I'm
still thinking about boards and analyzing my weekend experience,
I'll give all of you my thoughts on the matter. Here we go.
Andrea's Post-Board Decompression Thoughts
St. Pete Marina
So, now I go headfirst into Tri 6! WOW! There are lots of
classes this tri. It seems that we're moving rooms nearly every
hour. I think it's going to go fast. Christmas will be here before
we know it.
Have a Great Tri, everybody. I'll see you next week!
It must've been sometime around my sophomore year in high
school, when I was taking World History, that I realized that if I
had motivation to do something, anything, it would get done. It
wasn't that World History was all that difficult; it was that I had
absolutely no interest in it. I had no
Finals are the time when I have to find the motivation to keep
going--when I have to find things to keep me motivated to make it
through. So, below I am listing a few things that are giving me
This is just a smattering of things floating around in my
Sometimes, we need a little inspiration. This morning I heard
board pass rate statistics (Go National!), which are not too
shabby. I've caught a few videos on YouTube and Facebook
encouraging me to keep going (a little bit of inspiration never
hurts). I've been sent a million cute pictures of cats and maybe
even more quotes superimposed on beautiful mountain
The best motivation, however, is the desire to know. I look at
most of my classes as a tease. We're exposed to some small snippet
of factoid about some condition, some biochemistry, some
physiology, or some treatment. It might be enough to pass the
boards. It might even be enough for some people to use in their
practice later on. But for most of us, it's just a primer for what
we need to know. Every time I come across someone that has an issue
that I don't know the answer to, it encourages me to learn--the
more obscure the issue, the greater the learning opportunity. These
opportunities fuel me.
Finals start this week. Adrenaline keeps me moving, but
inspiration keeps me going. What motivates you? What inspires
I wish you great fortune on finals, everyone. See you in a few
It occurred to me, yesterday morning that you never know what
can happen. One moment in time can change everything. We spend so
much of our time working towards something--our education, a better
income, job, house, car, etc., etc. We often forget to savor the
I keep thinking back on my experience in the mountains, about
one friend in particular, who viewed every single thing with
absolute Joy. It was like seeing something for the first time or
finally understanding something that we'd been struggling with. You
know that feeling, right? It's the moment when something, some
idea, suddenly sinks in and it's such a beautiful thing. I marvel
at that Joy. Sometimes I see it in my classmates. Mostly I see it
in children when they experience something for the first time.
In my former life, I had the amazing experience of volunteering
for a hippotherapy organization. If you're not familiar with
hippotherapy--it's using horses as physical therapy for posture,
body control, and many other things. I worked with all ages and
disorders, but mostly with children with autism and cerebral palsy.
Joy. Every moment of every day spent volunteering there was Joy.
The moment they made an accomplishment, were able to sustain a
movement, sit up straight--each time, pure Joy.
We spend so much time working towards our goals that we forget
to experience Joy. It's not as simple as taking time for ourselves.
That's important, too. What I mean is--smell the roses, chase the
rainbows, seize the day.
A good friend of mine lost someone that she loved dearly this
past week. I've stood by her as she's struggled to get a handle on
her life, her relationship with that oldest and dearest friend, and
figure out where to go from here. Every word I've heard uttered
about that friend was that she enjoyed the experience of Life and
relished it. But every time we lose someone that we love, there's
always some form of sadness or regret--regret that we didn't get to
spend more time with them, or that we said or did the wrong thing,
or that they had so much more to experience in their own lives.
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In 1989, a movie came out called "Dead Poet's Society." This
movie, which I highly recommend, talks about sadness, loss, and
regret--what happens when we miss our lives because we're focused
on the wrong things. The phrase, Carpe Diem, gained its
popularity from this film. It means, if you're not familiar, Seize
My challenge to all of you reading is this: Don't put off until
tomorrow what you could do today. Don't hesitate to tell someone
that you love them. Don't hesitate to show your love. Don't put off
learning something that you want to learn. And whatever you do,
don't let another day go by with one ounce of regret. Make it
How's everybody doing? It's Week 12 of the tri--4 weeks left
(including this one we're starting).
Well, it's no secret to those close to me that I've had a really
hard time focusing this tri. There've been sooo many distractions.
I'm convinced that it's also this time of year that makes this tri
so difficult--last year at this time I was struggling as well.
Perhaps it's the wanderlust of summer, or the fact that we're
perpetually in class. I'm not sure. Regardless, I'll be glad when
this Tri is over.
I've been working really hard to try to keep my wits about me.
At some point, I think it's common for all students to get
discouraged--whether we feel like we've been in school for 4
million years, are burnt out from studying all the time, need a
break, or have Life intervene. It's OK to have times like this.
I've taken a few trips, gotten involved in some outside
activities apart from school, and spent time doing things other
than school and studying. This past week/weekend, I participated in
a gathering of Kindred Spirits--kind of like a family reunion near
Asheville, NC. There were about 2,500 people there. Anytime there's
a gathering of that size, there has to be an infrastructure. We
have our own staff: medical, behavioral medicine, "law"
enforcement, etc.--all based on volunteers. I have been to this
event before and I usually volunteer for the medical staff. This
time, I volunteered for behavioral medicine--which was amazing. I
did end up filling in for some of the medical staff (with
certifications in first aid, etc.), but the behavioral
stuff--counseling and talking to people, was amazing. There were
times when it was a comfort to people who just knew that we were
there, holding space, should they need something or someone to talk
to. I love being able to give back.
I was able to reconnect with friends that I'd not seen in years.
There were local people there that I didn't know would be
there--and we were able to reconnect. I made new friends and new
connections that I will probably carry with me for the rest of my
life. Some of these people may be my patients later on. Some may be
my colleagues. Some are now just Family.
After such an amazing experience this weekend, I have to refocus
myself for finals (and boards). I hope that I will be able to find
that focus, and use my joy from the weekend, my beautiful
experiences with so many people, and my newfound connections, to
feed my Soul and keep me going.
What do you need to stay inspired?
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