Tag Archives: medical school third year

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 […]

The First Code

I am physically and emotionally exhausted. It’s only week 4 of a 10 week rotation, and I’m dragging my feet, counting down the days, and watching the clock during the day. For me, this is worse than surgery. It’s the hours, yes. Most weeks it’s 70 hours, and if long call falls on the weekend […]

Sick Doctors

I remember once during my massage years seeing one of my regulars who was an ophthalmologist (eye doctor) and asking how he had been since his last massage. He reported that he was very very sick, sicker than he had been in many years. I asked him if he took any time off work, to […]