On Saturday, Ryan and I had the honor of attending the wedding
of Yesenia, the assistant registrar here at NUHS. We became close
to her when I got a job in the Registrar's office when I first
started the program. They have all been so supportive of me in the
program with words of advice, encouragement and love. It is an
awesome feeling to have built those relationships at school.
Yesenia, Keith, the Registrar, and Erika, the academic records
specialist in the Registrar's office also came to our wedding last
Challenging Clinic Week
Clinic this week was very challenging for different reasons. I
started the week feeling motivated but started to feel very
exhausted towards the end. There wasn't really anything that was
different to trigger my exhaustion, but boy was I ready for the
weekend to start!
I learned patience this week interacting with fellow interns,
patients, clinicians, and people in general! I think there were
certain events that triggered me to tap into my small supply of
patience. I learned A LOT, though. This is how the REAL world
will be. I got a small glimpse into how to discharge a patient,
take over a patient from an unsatisfied experience with a previous
intern, work with different opinions and thoughts, refer a patient
to their primary care physician to rule out multiple myeloma, and
then come home to my husband after a long day of all of the
In school, we are presented with hypothetical situation after
hypothetical situation and until you actually face the "real"
thing, it's hard to predict how to handle it. Well, this week, I
got a little bit of everything. And after all that, I am very
grateful (and tired). The highlights of my week were also the
lowlights but coming home to my very supportive and loving (and
VERY patient) husband was all I needed to reboot to get ready for
the next day.
My clinic tip of the week is quite simple: BREATHE. So far, I
have had weeks with no patients to a day packed with patients. It
has varied and my patience has been tested. Every time I felt like
I needed a break, I took one. Walking outside to breathe and
reflect for a couple minutes saved my sanity, so do not be afraid
to do it.
This week, I get the chance to do a two-week morning rotation at
one of the Salvation Army clinics. The clinic is set up to provide
free care for people who are trying to get their life back on track
after a life of drugs, alcohol, and bad life decisions. We give the
required physical exams they need in order to keep the jobs that
are trying to keep them off of the streets. We also give them
treatment and try to positively affect their lives as much as
I am looking forward to being pushed and tested now in a very
different way. Everyone tells you Tri 9 through 10 is when you can
take a break, but not for me. This is a learning experience and I'm
soaking it all up while I can!
Have a great week everyone!!