Category Archives: 3rd Year Rotations

Adult Rehabilitation

I just finished up a wonderful month taking care of veterans on an inpatient rehabilitation floor of a VA center. I really enjoyed having ample amounts of time to get to know the patients, to attend their therapy sessions, and to manage their concurrent medical conditions. I saw patients who had to learn how to walk […]

Peds Rehab

I’m one week into an elective, working at a children’s hospital with a group of pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors, and I absolutely love it. Not enough I think to decide for sure to specialize in pediatric rehabilitation, but enough to know that rehabilitation medicine is definitely for me. Up until this point I […]

Gyn Onc

The other half of my OBGYN rotation was what’s known in shorthand, Gyn Onc, which stands for gynecological oncology – cancer of the female reproductive organs. So for two weeks I saw patients who either already had been diagnosed with cervical, ovarian, uterine (endometrial), vaginal, or vulvar cancer, or who had a tumor of unknown […]

Labor and Delivery

Ok, so I’m not a total novice when it comes to giving birth. Of course it was 17 years ago when my body took over and pushed out a 6 lb, 6 oz little girl, but I remember every single minute of it, in part because I was hippie enough (AKA young and dumb) to […]

My Mid-Med School Crisis

OK, maybe it’s not really a crisis. It’s a “I’m so physically tired, and sick of always smiling and pretending I’m loving each of these rotations and the crazy hours some of them require, and I can’t get motivated to study for the exam that’s coming up at the end of the rotation, and I […]


I had just laid down my exhausted head on the pillow Friday night, after a long shift being on call the previous night, when my cell phone rang. I looked at the number and saw that it was the hospital calling. My finger hesitated over the answer button as I wondered why the hell the […]

Second Nature

It’s merely the second week of my rural rotation, and I feel like I have been here for a long time. In part because it’s such a small town, and there’s not much to see. Although, I really haven’t had much time to get out either. Yesterday the surgeon that I have been sharing a […]

Into the Fire

It’s only been four days of work on my rural rotation in Burns, OR, and I’ve seen and done more in those days than I had in a month of my internal medicine rotation. The hospital in town serves the largest county in OR, about 10,000 square miles, with only about 7,500 people in that […]

Personal Medicine

I finally finished the long haul of ten weeks of internal medicine, and the 4th years were right in their advice, just hold on for a wild ten week roller coaster ride. I learned a ton, the hours were long, and I’m happy to say it’s over. I do feel so much more prepared to […]


Several weeks ago I sat down with one of the residents that was supervising me, so that she could give me feedback about my performance. I imagine that students fall into one of several categories when it comes to answering the question: “How do you think you are doing?” Either 1. a student will think […]