Every single year since knowing I wanted to be a doctor, I’ve gotten butterflies for the match. This year was particularly special to me, because all of my closest friends from medical school were matching! For those who don’t know, I took a year off to teach and do research, and so my match isn’t until 2017.
Last Friday, everyone eagerly awaited the chance to open their envelopes telling them where they will go for residency. I was so nervous for all of my friends! After several torturous hours in the morning, everyone got their news by 1pm. I got to leave a little early that day to help them celebrate- it was the BEST! Everyone was just so happy and relieved, and it made me so excited for their next steps (and also selfishly for mine). I’m going to be a fourth year in TWO months!
After the incredibly exciting match weekend, it was back to reality for me!
I started my medicine rotation 2 weeks ago, and was thrown straight in to the medical intensive care unit (MICU). This unit is for very sick patients who need advanced protection of their airway, or who are at risk of having their ability to breathe deteriorate. Most of the patients we had were intubated and unconscious. I have to say, after an entire year off, this is pretty much how I felt ending third year on medicine:
Mornings in the MICU started around 7am. I’d come in to read all the notes and review all the labs on my patients, talk to the resident about their treatment plan, and go examine the patient. MICU patients are often very complicated, so I spent every afternoon reading and re-learning as much as I could about critical care and the common issues that arise (pneumonia, respiratory distress syndrome, effusion, and airway management).
Luckily for me, the MICU team is extremely supportive and encouraging of students. I received a lot of positive feedback, and appreciated that the attending and resident physicians really took the time to teach and ask us questions. They helped me learn so much in such a short time!
Overall, I did pretty well at fitting in workouts these past few weeks. Unfortunately with the demanding hours of rotations there really isn’t time for me to go to classes, so I’m forced to get creative on my own. I incorporated a few great tabata sets yesterday that I highly recommend:
Tabata (20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest; 8 rounds)
First move: Single leg burpees Second move: Mountain climbers
First move: Donkey kicks Second move: Plank twists
First move: Squat thrust, Knee tap Second move: Squat jumps
It’s only 12 minutes, but it’s very effective!
Next week I start on CCU- the cardiac care unit. I’m really looking forward to this because cardiology is probably my weakest topic in medicine. This will really help me solidify my understanding and familiarize myself with the management of cardiac problems in very sick patients. More on this to come!