Sunday, February 26, 2012

Night Float

Well my vacation has been over. During that "staycation" I pretty much tried to catch up on some projects that I have been meaning to do at home. I am now in my 2nd week of nights. Boy is my system off. Right now my main job is to help with admissions. Once I finish at 5 admissions I am done for the night. The earlier this happens, the sooner I go home. But if it happens later, then I tend to go back to the residents quarters and go to sleep so that I can get home safely.

Part of my job is to be the night float intern on Friday nights. Basically for practically anything I get called. This past Friday was especially busy. But not with acute problems, mainly a lot of busy work. Checking up on labs, putting in IVs when the nurses could not, putting in a nasalgastric tube. Every time I went to lay down and get some rest, my beeper went off. I probably got a good 1 hour of decent sleep that night. But that is what I signed up for right. But the cool thing was that I was confident in my abilities. The only time I called my resident was to confirm my plan in a case that I was sure about but need to confirm my suspicions. It is just like they say, time and experience. 

Still waiting on the COMLEX results. Less than 2.5 years to go before I make a descent salary. In the meantime, lets take advantage of any and all programs we qualify for. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Step 3 is Done and really on Vacation now

So dear readers, I am back. It has been sometime since I had written and this is because I have been studying for step 3. This is the last part of the medical licensing exam for me. The only exams left after this is going to be the ones to be board certified. This is for after residency though.  So, now I have time to sit and relax and recharge before going back to work next week. I will be on nights for 2 weeks then.

Everything has been great. As I mentioned before, I am no longer working because I love what I do. But things are very difficult because we have to keep all of our spending to a limit because we are still getting back on our feet. Basically we are starting over again as if we were coming back out of college only this time we have 4 other people that are relying on us. But at least I know that I have a short period of time doing this.

One of my fears has been allayed in that I just signed my contract for next year. When I was a medical student there was an intern who was not resigned and this was a fear of mine. I guess some insecurities remain. But over time, my confidence has gone up. And to all of you out there who think that you cannot do it, let me assure you that as long as you out in the work and try you will be able to do it.

I need to put in a shameless plug: OLD PRE MEDS NORTHEAST REGIONAL ADMISSIONS WORKSHOP!!!!!  March 18th, 2012 in Stratford NJ.  Admissions Workshop If you have had issues in your past where you think that your grades are holding you back, there is going to be an Admissions Officer talking about just that. There will also be a speaker talking about your personal statement as well as how one nontrad went from being a nurse to a cardiologist. Not to mention, a residency program director talking about why nontrads are great for residency programs.  and the cost is really, really cheap. If you have gone to other workshops, you are talking a nice chunk of change, but here the cost is only $25.

Anyway. Next time I think I will try a video blog. Let me know if you think that would be a good idea. I want to wish all DO students good luck on the Match for Monday.

Till next time