My 3rd Year

April 27, 2013 On My Mind 3

It’s been awhile since I’ve updated about being in Medical School, so I figured, I might as well.

I’m currently in my “3rd year” right now. Last we chatted up, I was bummed that I didn’t pass my COMP exam. Wow, that’s been a hot minute!

Since then, I’ve switched schools, took the Step 1 exam and didn’t pass, unfortunately. I had to do a prep course in Michigan and then I took my Step 1 exam again in Sept, which I thankfully passed. Sigh, 2011-2012 was not the highlight of my life, I’ll tell you that (with the exception of BG2, of course). So finally, all of that nonsense is behind me and I started doing clinical rotations in November 2012.


In November, I started my Pediatrics rotation in CT, which was great. Yes, there was a lot of downtime, but while in the clinic, I learned a lot about patient care and just being in the Peds setting, which is what I ultimately want to do. My preceptor was great, such personality and very laid back. Her clinic is affiliated with Yale University Hospital, so whenever she had a newborn to assess, we went over there with her and I got to learn about the Newborn Exam. Overall, I had a very positive experience there and I might think about doing an elective rotation when I’m in my 4th year.

providence hospital

Next up, I did Family Medicine in DC in January. It was good. This is another field I’m thinking about, if all else fails, and I kind knew what to expect already. The doctor is affiliated with Providence Hospital and the patients were all pretty cool, all things considered. I liked this rotation in that I learned how to triage patients, draw blood, perform an EKG & a Vascular Study. The preceptors were also into teaching us, so we kept on our toes and I learned a lot, knowledge-wise, in addition to clinical experience.


Right after that I jumped into Psych at NVMHI (INOVA Hospital) in VA in February. Probably the best part about that was the group of students I met there. It felt more like us hanging out and making daily trips to Starbucks than anything else, but it was okay clinical-wise, too. There were three units in the mental institute and I was assigned to the long-term unit where most patients were clinically stable. I think the biggest issue I had was that I’m not much for small talk and I find it hard for me to think of things to talk about, me being so introverted, that I guess I didn’t get much from this rotation. Oh, but I did learn how to write a good SOAP note, considering we had to do weekly ones on each of our patients. There definitely wasn’t any learning experience with this either. I was pretty much left to my own devices, which is okay in the idea that I’m not interested in Psych in the slightest anyways.

Jackson Park

Now, I’m in Chicago at Jackson Park Hospital. I’m probably going to be here for quite awhile, at least through the summer, if not longer. Sigh…Boy, am I missing my family (but that’s another story). Anyways, I’m doing OB/GYN right now, which is kind of the reason I wanted to right this post because yesterday I FINALLY saw a delivery! Oh, yes! You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this, especially since OB/GYN is a field I’ve been interested in for a long time and one I was not-so secretly hoping to get in to. This rotation is pretty relaxed with a lot of downtime since there’s not nearly enough patients as other places. I was working in the clinic for the first two weeks and I saw a few GYN cases, I learned how to do a Pap Smear and other pelvic exams, I learned about measuring fundal height and taking a fetal HR; so that’s great. The last week and this one coming up, I’m “on the floor”, which means I’m looking after the post-partum patients, any gynecological cases, and any deliveries that may come up. Last week was a snoozefest. That is until yesterday afternoon. I was actually able to scrub in and assit the Attending & Resident with the delivery and I SAW IT ALL! And I have to say, it’s pretty different from this end of the process.

I got to see the head sitting right there in the birth canal, the technique the doctor was using to help the process along, when she did an episiotomy, and when she used a vacuum to help pull the baby out because the mom was having a difficult time pushing. I mean, I knew it was bloody, but you just don’t know until you see it firsthand! I was talking about it with my husband last night and he was just laughing because he’s seen it all when I had the kids. Anyways, it was cool seeing doctor’s process – getting the cord blood, helping the placenta detach and come out, checking the placenta for any problems, and then stitching the mom back up. Pretty intense! I really liked it! Yes, it was messy and definitely not a pretty picture, but it was also very cool. I am seriously hoping I get to see a C-section before the rotation ends.

So, after OB/GYN, I will most likely be doing Internal Medicine, then all I have left of 3rd year is Surgery, which is kind of up in the air right now because I could do it here, but then I do want to go back to the east coast to be closer to the family. We’ll see how things go. All in all, I have to say that 3rd year is the toughest time, test-taking time aside, with all this traveling and things are all over the place. I’m so ready to fast-forward to 2014 or even 2015, when I’m HOPING to MATCH and all that. But, we shall see…

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3 Responses to “My 3rd Year”

  1. Jen

    This is great Vi! I was in the room when my nephew was born and it is a completely different experience. I also had a med student help deliver Bb2 and it was hilarious– she was pregnant as well and kept “thinking out loud”. ;D

  2. Alexa Y.

    Med school sounds crazy intense, so major props to you for being so awesome! Your rotations sound really interesting, particularly this latest one. One of my best friends is a nurse and she shared a bit about her experience being a part of someone’s baby delivery – it definitely sounded bloody! I could never stomach it, so even more credit and power to you!
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