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Fourth year check in

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What I’m doing with my life right now:

  • Pediatric Neurology rotation. Two weeks of consults (today’s the last day) followed by two weeks of outpatient. I’ve been surprising a lot of people, because summer fourth year rotations are usually in the field you’re applying into, but many people told me I don’t need to do much psychiatry this year (and actually, I’m doing a lot with four. I wanted to do one at the beginning of fourth year, I wanted more than just three afternoons of exposure to Child Psychiatry, and I’m doing two away rotations for personal reasons) so hey, why not do Pediatric Neurology? I had zero exposure to it as a third year medical student, we only learn a little bit about it by default, and, Neurology, Psychiatry, it’s all about the brain, right?
  • Studying for Step 2CK (CK=Clinical Knowledge). Remember the Step 1 exam? It is so named because there are, indeed, more steps! Before I graduate medical school, I get to take both halves of the second part. I’m taking Step 2 on August 28th, and it’s another 8hr, 9hr multiple choice exam. Step 2CS (Clinical Skills) is a 12 Standardized Patient exam, which I have yet to schedule.
  • Residency Application! I’ve finished a first draft of my CV, which I now need to format, and after I take Step 2CK, I’m going to focus on writing my Personal Statement. Hoping I can get it done in two weeks! The application goes out to schools on September 15th. So far away and yet really, so close!
  • Not running or exercising. =( My hours right now are about 7am to 5pm, which is not bad except that doesn’t include the time it takes to get there and get home, and then there’s things like showering, eating, studying (44 qbank questions every day now, 88 if I have magic extra energy), trying to fit in a quick conversation with my boyfriend (ah, long distance relationships), working on my written assignments for this rotation, and oh yeah, sleep. Don’t get me wrong. I could make the time to exercise, but I’ve decided that right now I’m going to prioritize other things.
  • Speaking of sleep: Waking up between 5am and 5:30am without fail, even though my alarm is set for 6am. =( I don’t mind doing this 6 to 7hrs of sleep business when I have to, but when I don’t? Seriously circadian rhythm, what’s going on here?

Written by Aba

July 27, 2012 at 6:35 am

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