Sunday, April 29, 2007

brave new world

my first week of clinics is officially over. and i LOVE it. and i mean LOVE it, as in i worked from 7:30am to 11:30pm on wednesday, and i didn't give a damn that i was at school for (umm..doing mental math) 16 hours straight. i was so happy. still am. and i'm motivated, i'm sleeping better, and i just feel good. besides working emergency on wednesday, i was at school from 7:30-6:30 every other day. we've been moderately busy in the 'ole ophthalmology ward. the time flies though, i never look at the clock and lament how slow the day is going by. that must be a good sign, right??

despite working 11+ hour days, i came home every night and studied, studied, studied. hematology, ophtho, neuro, you name it, i've been cracking the books on it. for a change - i WANT to study. i WANT to learn and understand and be good at what i'm doing.

it paid off on friday. we had a mid-way through our rotation evaluation with the clinician overseeing us. he had nothing but the highest praise for me - in fact, he actually said that i was so far above average, it was phenomenal. yes, a clinician described me as phenomenal. i was intensely gratified. and yes, my ego swelled a bit, i'lll admit it.

so, i could talk about the cool stuff i saw this week - including a dog brought in on emergency because it was hit by a car (turned out to have a diaphragmatic hernia). however, i'll save that stuff for a later date, when i'm not tired and a hair cranky.

to wrap up - i LOVE clinics. i feel like i'm going to really thrive in this environment. it's going to be a great year.

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