Friday, May 2, 2008

Five down, one to go

So awesome holy wow! I just finished my psych shelf. HUZZAH! It was not that bad. I mean, I don't know that I tore it up or anything, but I am 99% sure I passed (knock on wood).

The craziest thing ever is that I only have one shelf test left. I can't really wrap my mind around it. I mean, two months left of 3rd year!! Wow. I only have seven months total of coursework left in medical school. That means that I will be unleashed on an unwitting patient population in a frighteningly short period of time. Hmmm... that feeling of anxiety which went away when I finished the test is beginning to come back...

In any case, psych was a great rotation. The hours are great. The people were nice. The subject was interesting. But I think that the best thing about the rotation was how included they made us feel. I had a role, which was actually meaningful and useful. After lots of rotations where you are basically a shadow of a shadow, it is such a nice change of pace to feel like people want you to be there, and that you help them out.

Anyway, I have a bazillion things to do... more on that a little later... but for now, just a deep breath, and reminding myself... five down, one to go.

4 comments:

Ben said...

Question: Did you already defend your thesis, or did you start third year before that? I'm considering doing the lab thing for the next year or so, doing third year, and then finishing up loose ends and writing during fourth year. Totally dumb?

Old MD Girl said...

So what's last? Ob/Gyn?

Dr.VonB said...

Ben... I did defend my thesis before I came back. As for the whole finishing up in 4th year thing, in my opinion, it totally depends on a lot of factors (helpful, right?). For example, it depends on what kind of research you are doing, how it goes, if you might get scooped, etc. Writing the thesis is nothing if you have the papers already written, and if you're worried about getting scooped and want to get those suckers out, then you might as well defend. Then, it also depends on your 4th year. It can be busier than some would think, especially if you want to do something competitive and/or do audition rotations.
All that being said, my husband actually ended up finishing a paper and finishing his dissertation during 3rd year, so it can be done. In the end you gotta do what you gotta do!!
And Old MD Girl... nope, all I have left is medicine!! YAY!

DK said...

AHEM...."And I had the coolest resident EVER during my two weeks on Psychotic." Right? RIGHT??

OMG, I'm so excited you found my blog, b/c now I get to read yours! Plus, I so need to update you on the crazies. There should be a night of (virgin) margaritas in our future...

And I will admit...about once every two weeks I say something like "I so love my new medical student", but you were totally one of my favorites.