Thursday Born

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

I have a beeper!

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Today was my first real day as a third year medical student. We had orientation all day on Friday, but today I started my first rotation!

Forgive the relatively unflattering photo (taken, of course, in my bathroom mirror). I meant to take a picture in the morning before I headed out, but I left in a bit of a hurry (and finished braiding my hair in the car; I got a ride from my friend Amrita which was much needed as I don’t get my school metro pass till tomorrow; in the meantime, I have maybe been sneaking onto it otherwise, since I live only one stop away). So this picture is me at 5:20pm or so, when I woke up at 6:30 (well, 6:15, and then I snoozed my alarm) after a restless night, and got to my Surgery Orientation at 7:30am. This is also me after having eaten two japanese rice balls and one protein bar, at 7am and around 10am, and then nothing else all day. I admit that as of now I’ve snacked a little, but have not yet made it to the kitchen to make myself a proper meal. Tonight will be more heating of food from Trader Joe’s (seriously, what would I do without that store?), but tomorrow I think I’ll bake some salmon. I miss cooking.

Oh, see the huge stack of books? Those are the books (plus three small ones in my coat pocket) they lend us for this rotation. For this four week rotation. o.o

My first day went well. Orientation was not scary. The doctor who runs the MSK rotation is kind of hilarious (but somewhat intimidating) and I’m really glad he currently has nothing to pick on me/tease me for. After orientation, which ran an hour long, I failed to connect with the Chief Resident I’m supposed to get instructions from. Paged him, waited a half hour or so. Called Ahmet, my boyfriend, and tried to see if he could figure out where my Attending’s OR would be. Then found his secretary’s number, called her (she’s not the person have listed; should email someone and have them update the info). Waited at least another half hour or so. Then she gave me another pager number. Paged that one. Waited some more. Finally got a call back and someone came to get me and I went to the OR for about… three and a half hours, and then was free to go. Normally I’d have to say till 6pm on Mondays, but the normal conference I’d have to stay for was canceled, and they were done with surgeries for the day.

So that was my first day of two weeks of Spine Surgery rotation! Since it’s part of my MSK rotation, I’m supposed to focus on seeing spine surgeries and not general neurosurgeries, but if there’s something extraordinary going on, I think it’s okay if I watch that instead. :) Tomorrow I have lecture at 6:30, then I’m meeting my attending at 9:30am to follow him around in clinic (ie, seeing patients as opposed to operating on them).

I wanted to post something less “this is what I did today” and more “this is how I felt today” but I need to eat. And then I need to decipher my schedule. Rotations seem to consist mostly of being assigned to an Attending + Residents team and working with them, in addition to also attending some lectures and workshops, and also taking a few relevant call nights. So I need to figure out when I have all my call nights and lectures and such and make sure I don’t miss them!



Written by Aba

June 20, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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  1. oooh congrats on day 1! that is a LOT of books. spinal surgery should be really interesting… my dad had spinal fusion surgery in 2008 and it was cool hearing the surgeon talk about it- though at the time I didn’t understand it at all.


    June 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    • Thanks! I’ve barely touched the books. >< Spine surgery was cool though! But two weeks was enough.


      July 10, 2011 at 4:41 pm

  2. Good luck, Aba! Not that you need it. Spine surgery sounds terrifying but I am sure, just like everything else, you will ace this too :)


    June 21, 2011 at 3:20 am

    • Thanks! Spine surgery turned out to be surprisingly chill. :)


      July 10, 2011 at 4:42 pm

  3. How exciting! You look so awesome in your little lab coat.


    June 21, 2011 at 8:37 am

  4. That is my girl. You look wonderful Cushla. Best of luck.


    June 25, 2011 at 4:34 am

  5. Definitely sneak out to see some actual brain surgeries :-P After you’ve seen an anterior approach and a couple posterior laminectomies, there’s nothing else to see. Hope you’ve been having fun!


    June 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    • Lol, turned out you were right. And I did get to see about three brain surgeries, which was cool. :)


      July 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm

  6. Wow, that is a crazy amount of books but you seem to be enjoying yourself which is fantastic to see.

    Not sure that I could handle spine surgery though –
    makes me squirmy just thinking about it.

    Evan Rees

    July 6, 2011 at 8:43 am

    • hehe, yeah, I definitely saw some things that would make most people cringe a bit. I think that’s surgery in general though.


      July 10, 2011 at 4:49 pm

  7. Hi Aba,
    I’m the editor of the Keepsake, A Guide for Minority Science Students. Wondering if you’d be willing to do a 15-20 minute interview with me about your experiences in med school. Would love to do it this week if possible (via phone). Just email me at the address provided or call: 415-738-8835.


    Laura Scholes

    December 5, 2011 at 10:55 pm

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