Monday, July 13, 2009

Internal Medicine

IM was quite a ride. My school had me at 2 different hospitals with 2 completly different systems. I thoroughly enjoyed the program through our main teaching hospital, but the second month through the military hospital was very hectic. The military hospital was not very supportive in my opinion. I got the distinct feeling that some physicians were only working there to "pay-back" the government. The best teaching physicians seemed to be non-military. While my team was better than most, a fellow med student was put on a team that would never inform her of when rounding would begin or even where it would begin. Very hectic.

I thought our main teaching hospital did a GREAT job in IM though. One of my faculty members I would consider a complete genius, and I would gladly work with him again.

IM residents work very hard here. I definitely give them 2 thumbs up for enduring such a rigorous program. After these two months, I have definitely learned to appreciate the field, but I can't see myself in Internal Medicine.

Sunday, April 12, 2009


I have finished my psychiatry rotation, and it has by far been the most fun and exciting rotation yet. Coming into medical school, I was dead set on emergency medicine because you have new and exciting challenges with every patient. Psychiatry seems to be very similar in that almost every patient has a different story, yet psychiatry still has continuity of care. Originally I didn't really know whether continuity of care made a difference to me, but I am quickly learning how much I enjoy seeing my patients get better and lead more fulfilling lives.

We also had some exposure to child psychiatry during my rotation, and I thought it was a lot of fun. I've heard from numerous sources that the field has a high burn-out rate, it is just too hard to deal with, etc., but I don't see why. The chance to make an improvement in a child's emotional well-being seems greatly rewarding. Maybe this burn-out rate is partially due to dealing with parents, but if you are going to be dealing with kids in any aspect, you need to be able to handle parents.

I think right now my top two choices in residency are:
1.) Psychiatry with a fellowship in child & adolescents
2.) Pediatrics

Looks like I am stuck dealing with parents in either case. :)

Sure the pay isn't as great as other fields and psychiatry isn't the most prestigious specialty around, but I think if I could benefit just 1 child in every 100, I'd be happier in child psychiatry than a lot of other fields.

I would definitely recommend others looking into this exciting field, and feel free to ask any questions. I'll do my best to answer them.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Mission Trip

This past week I participated in a small medical mission trip within the small town of Canutillo(sidenote: If you haven't ever been on a medical mission trip, you are missing out). There was a bunch of MSI's, a couple MSII's, and a few MSIII's watching over everything. While we didn't have all the medications that I would have liked, I think we did a lot of good. On top of all the good we did, I learned a few things myself.

For one, I love teaching. 90% sure I will go into academics at least part-time.

Second, be careful with needles. We had an MSI stick herself with a used needle, and I had to get her to the hospital for bloodwork. Everything turned out well though.

So whether you are a pre-med, med student, or doctor try to make time for medical mission work. It can be lots of fun.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Children Poll

I recently posted a poll asking "How many children could you raise in medical school?" I won't even provide all the stats because there was an overwhelming majority saying they could raise a grand total of ............0.

I asked this question because there is a number of students in my class that are currently raising children. While I am in the majority that doubts I could ever raise children in medical school, the group in our class that have kids are doing amazing. Two classmates have 3 kids under the age of 10!!!! Wow! And all of them are wonderful kids.

So for those thinking about raising a family in medical school - it is definitely possible. Just make sure you have a VERY supportive spouse.

Family Medicine

Its been awhile since I posted, but I am now also done with family medicine. It was a lot more fun than I expected. I love trying (and hopefully succeeding most of the time) to diagnose anything and everything. Still, I am not a big fan of DRE's, and I am sure it will only get worse once Internal comes around.

Overall my school gives students a lot of autonomy in family, and it really facilitated learning. I think family provided me with a solid background for whatever I decide to specialize in. I know that many students bash family for the lack of pay, prestige, etc., but I think everyone should give it a chance. You will learn a lot and have a lot of fun doing it.