Rotation 1: DONE!

October 22, 2012

Hi ya’ll.  Took a break to finish up the last couple weeks of family medicine selective strong.  For the elective rotations (or “Selective” (required elective) rotation, in the case of family medicine) 100% of your grade is determined by your preceptor’s evaluation of you, so I thought it would be good to read up and be on my best, most-prepared behavior.  Your preceptor is asked to give you a grade between 0-100 in the following categories:  Knowledge of Pathophysiology, Ability to form Differential diagnosis, Knowledge of Therapeutics, Data Gathering and Interviewing Skills, Chart Work, Treatment and Implementation, Rapport with Staff and Patients, Outside Reading, and Interest.  Um…so yeah: path, pharm, pd, and icm.  Make sure you pay attention, and obviously, that you keep up on your reading.  If you don’t read the textbooks, at least keep up on related journal articles.

Can’t believe family med’s over; feels like just yesterday I was sitting up in bed at 2am worrying that I would take the wrong bus and get lost on the way to hospital orientation.  Heh.  Now there are new kids in my place; SO many new MUA kids have come to Chicago and will start orientation tomorrow.  It’s nice to have so many familiar faces.  I think we’re quickly proving the rumors about Chicago to be untrue, which makes me very happy.

Speaking of untrue rumors, I must admit that I was too quick to dislike family medicine.  I was downright resentful at having to complete a required elective in it because I thought it would be boring and a waste of time.  Also, I think after reading all the statistics about it being the #1 practicing specialty of Caribbean grads, I programmed myself to hate it because I had somehow pictured it as the left-over scrap that remained after the US grads got to pick over all the cool specialties.  I was so wrong.  It wasn’t just the propaganda from the family medicine textbook that made me change my mind; there is a low-pressure atmosphere where you get to spend time with your patients and be more involved with their care and the impact it has on their lives.  Even in my short time in the rotation, I got the chance to follow-up on repeat patients and was surprised when they recognized me and then I, in turn, remembered details about them that made their care much more personalized.  You build-up a very personal, trusting relationship.  There are people decades older than you who come to you in times of desperate need for help and advice.  I’ve never felt more like an adult.  It made me realize why I wanted to get into this profession.  I will miss family med but look forward to the new and interesting challenges psych has to offer.

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3 Responses to “Rotation 1: DONE!”

  1. billy zhang said

    awesome blog post! I was recently accepted into MUA and had some questions about it. Do you mind if I email you them? If you have the time! Thanks a lot

  2. your blog has been a great read. i always love “hearing” about fellow MUA students because it brings nostalgic memories. best of luck with rotations! i’m glad you had an enjoyable time learning FM! i think it’s pretty great myself. 😉

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