Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

Freeeedom! (for a short while)

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As of Saturday at ~4pm PST, I’ve been done with the Step 1! Eight long hours in a testing center, where the testing room was far too cold (and they wouldn’t let me wear my fingerless gloves!) and I couldn’t raise the chair quite high enough for my liking. The exam itself felt mostly fair and reasonable in terms of the material covered, and there were definitely a few questions that seemed almost too easy, as though they were just double-checking that I really was a medical student and a human.  Overall, I feel rather unsure about how I did, but I felt exactly the same about the self assessment exams I took, so I’m hoping I scored at least that well, if not better.

Another med student blog that I read has a great write up on what the Step 1 is, so if you’ve been confused about what I’ve been  stressing over and why I’ve been stressing over it, this post is a good quick read.

Such odd and questionable photo composition… And terrible lighting. Ah, grey Seattle days.

Now that I have time to do more than heat a muffin, I’ve made scrambled eggs most mornings (first thing I learned how to cook as a kid and still one of my top comfort foods), and today I made myself a mug of earl grey with milk and sugar. First time in over a month that I’ve let myself add anything to my tea!

I’ve been a bit at a loss about what to do with myself since the exam’s been over. Ahmet and I have been catching up on a bunch of our shows, like How I Met Your Mother and Game of Thrones and Community. He works full-time though, so I’m on my own during the work-day. I managed to make plans to spend Monday and Tuesday with Seattle friends (look at me, building a social network in a city I don’t actually live in), but today I’m on my own.

The plan is to be productive and reply to emails and facebook messages, and read all the New York Times articles my mother has sent me for the past two months, and watch all the youtube videos my friends have sent me. I also need to pack, but I’m avoiding that matter for at least a few more hours. I miss my apartment, my Saint Louis friends, and my parrot, but I don’t miss being in a long distance relationship.

Tomorrow I fly back to Saint Louis. Orientation is on Friday, and then I start my 12 week long surgery rotation on Monday. And it’s June already! Mid-June! This year has zoomed by.


Written by Aba

June 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

Posted in Medical School

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  1. YAY – congrats!!

    Also: 12 weeks for surgery? That’s so long! Was it your choice?

    Action Potential

    June 15, 2011 at 11:27 am

    • Thank you!

      And nope, everyone does 12 weeks of surgery at my school. I’ll post more about once I actually have more details, but I’ll have four weeks of a Musculoskeletal rotation of some sort, and then four weeks of a general surgery rotation (I got Colorectal) and four weeks of a specialty surgery rotation (I got ENT).

      The variation between med schools is fascinating in a weird way. You’d think it’d be a bit more standardized.


      June 15, 2011 at 11:39 am

  2. sooo jealous! congrats on being done :) I have 48 hours before my test and I really don’t feel like the studying I’m doing is sticking anymore… I have surgery my first rotation too- I start with outpatient and have a peds surgeon as my preceptor so I really hope he’s nice. I’m kind of scared of surgeons as a whole.
    ENT sounds like it should be interesting. Are you interested in surgery at all?


    June 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    • Good luck! I’m sure you’re going to rock the test! It sounds like you’ve been studying really hard for it. :)

      I’m kind of interested in surgery, since I really like working with my hands, but currently I’m thinking I want a field where it’s more about directly building relationships with patients and not just about fixing them.


      June 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

  3. Yaaaay! Congrats on getting step 1 one done! Enjoy the break. :)


    June 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    • Thank you! I’m squeezing as much fun and relaxation as possible into these last few days!


      June 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

  4. Congratulations, Aba!


    June 16, 2011 at 4:28 am

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