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Archive for May 12th, 2011

No room for perfection

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I think I need to get comfortable with the idea of quick and simple posts without pictures. Every now and then I have something simple I want to mention, but I don’t post because it would be really short and/or I haven’t taken the picture I wanted for it yet. But that just leads to me posting only once or twice a month, and that’s unacceptable.

I’m currently in the middle of studying for my final second year exam! Exciting! Or rather, the idea of being done soon is exciting! The current studying? Not so much. I do like the ob/gyn subject matter, but I’m burning out a little bit from the studying. This is highly unfortunate because after this exam week comes four weeks of solid 10-12 hour days studying for my Step 1 exam on June 11th.

And yes, I’ve finally settled on that date. Wednesday was the last day I could change my testing date without paying a penalty, so Saturday June 11th it is! I know a lot of my classmates are taking it on the 9th and the 10th, and I even know someone taking it on May 31st! So I feel better now. My close friends are taking it 3-4 days after me so I was worried that maybe I was giving myself too much time off or something. Which is ridiculous, because this doesn’t even give me an entire week of vacation, since Friday the 17th is our third year orientation.

On Wednesday I also put in my preferences for my three, 4 week surgery rotations. Based on the profiles for the different options, I ranked a few unexpected things highly. Like colorectal surgery (no weekends) and urology (<50 hour weeks! if they were being honest). The VA was also an appealing option (no overnight call, hours not bad, good variety of stuff to see) but it’s not in a great part of town and I don’t have a car (I also can’t drive… but I just got my learner’s permit!). Dealing with car-pooling where I couldn’t offer to drive some of the time didn’t sound like a fun option to me.

Change is on the horizon and I’m really okay with that right now. :)

Written by Aba

May 12, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Posted in Medical School

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