Since my last post, I have been busy cultivating my skills in the area of cardiology on the inpatient consultation service at UF Health Shands Hospital. During the few weeks I spent on this team, I read numerous EKGs daily and markedly improved my EKG interpretation skills along with learning some tips for working up cardiac complaints. Having proficiency in both of these areas will help me tremendously as an intern next year.
Following my time on the cardiology service, I had the pleasure of working at Brooks Rehabilitation in Jacksonville. While there, I was able to work with an awesome team of physicians and physical and occupational therapists to help improve mobility and function of several patients who have experienced traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries. Day after day I worked with patients before and after they went through hours of therapy with the goal of getting themselves into the best shape to leave the facility as independent as possible. I enjoyed my conversations with many of the people there; to hear their stories and see them have such a positive outlook on life was very humbling.
In my last post I spoke about my decision to pursue internal medicine as my specialty of choice, and shortly after I submitted my residency application. Since that time I have been very fortunate to receive interview invitations from several residency programs. I will admit I was a bit nervous about hearing back from programs, so when I received my first interview invite, I was overcome with joy and hope. I knew I was one step closer to my goal of becoming a licensed and board certified physician.
Over the course of the next few months I will be interviewing at these places to get a better understanding of the type of learning environment and overall experience I can expect during residency. I feel blessed to have this opportunity and plan to evaluate all my options carefully, with the goal of choosing an institution that will nurture my career interests and provide me with the necessary experiences to be an excellent physician.
All the while, I have been continuing my rotations and recently started one in emergency medicine in Jacksonville. I began with the night shift — or, as my dad so aptly calls it, the “graveyard shift.” It has been a big adjustment for my circadian rhythm, but I have enjoyed the fast pace and different approach to problem solving. I am sure I will see plenty of interesting cases before this month is over, as UF Health Jacksonville is a Level 1 Trauma Center in a pretty large and diverse city. But I am up for the challenge, and I think I will learn some valuable skills that will come in handy during residency.
Next up: Three more weeks of emergency medicine and the start of interview season. Fourth year is turning out to be as fun and exciting as previously advertised.