Hello all, and welcome back! I hope everyone is refreshed
and his or her breaks were as great and carefree as mine.
Personally, I had a great two weeks off.
I'm sure Lombard has its share of activities, but there's nothing
like spending the day on the beach, then looking out on Tampa Bay
as the sun's setting with a cold one (or two). I suppose the
scenery and plethora of things to do here comes with the territory.
The one downside of this seemingly perfect paradise is having to
get back to the grind after a two-week tease. (The above photo is
the view from aunt's dock that I frequented over the
I did take care of some business during my break by shadowing a
great DC in Tampa. Shadowing doctors in your area, and especially
in the area where you're planning on practicing, is invaluable to
your soon-to-be professional career. Our education here at National
is insurmountable in my opinion, but real-world experience has no
I spent a day in the office of Dr. Carl Conforti over the break
and not only affirmed my own knowledge, but I learned a lot about
creating personal relationships with patients and some of the
behind the scenes work that goes along with having your own
practice. It was only a few half days out of my break and it paid
My seventh trimester here at National is beginning and I can
already tell I will not be at a loss for things to do. This is my
last trimester before heading into Student Clinic, and it's time to
get on my "doctor face." As I'm writing this, I'm in shirt and tie,
with my white coat occupying the back of the seat beside me. Today
is our first day being recorded with a simulated patient, and
needless to say I'm pretty stoked. This is what I've been working
towards for as long as I can remember--not being filmed in a room
with a stranger--but being a doctor. I'm curious as to how I'm
going to do. Stay tuned for next week and I'll let know how it
Me, Margo, and Guy getting ready to meet our first recorded
Finally, I'd like to wish everyone taking national boards this
upcoming weekend the best of luck! I have only taken part one, and
though it was challenging, our professors have a done a great job
preparing us, and I made it through just fine, as I'm sure you will
all do as well.
It's going to be a great trimester. Good luck to everyone, work
hard, and I'll catch ya on the flip side….