Hey Hey Hey

November 30, 2012

Hello, Readers.

My apologies for the long absence but psych is now finito!  Technically the rotation ends today but I still have call this weekend, so I thought I’d take a minute and catch up and say hi.  Internal Medicine is the next rotation…it sounds rather busy so more long absences might be in the future, but I’ll try my best to share the experiences.  First meeting is Monday morning while actual hospital stuff starts Tuesday/Wednesdayish.  No, I don’t take breaks.  Breaks are for whimps.  (There are times I would like to be a whimp.)

Had the psych shelf last Saturday.  Was really reminiscent of the shelf exams from the island.  2.5 hours long, 100 questions.  Still no results–I think they’re sent straight to the school but if they were, the school hasn’t shared them yet.  Was impressed with the Chicago Prometric Center.  They were soooo much more polite than the ladies at the Charlotte center.  Also it was much larger and much more open.  There were more testing rooms but each had a smaller quantity of desks–that and there must have been less people taking the GRE because I didn’t get bothered by the clicking of keys as people were typing responses.  (Forgot my earplugs so that was a genuine last minute panic/concern).  Also the fact that the Chicago Prometric Center is surrounded by tasty restaurants and isn’t out in a high-rise in the middle of nowhere is a plus.

No, I shan’t discuss the test but will admit that the anxiety is much more intense going into a shelf exam when you don’t have a semester-long lecture series that prepares you for it.  You worry that you didn’t study enough on your own, or that you studied the wrong material.  I don’t think that will go away, but at least I’ll know to expect it in the future.

Slacked off on going to the gym for a while as well as eating right, so have noticed weight creeping back up.  Have been back on diet for a week now and weight is headed in the right direction.  Constantly avoiding going out with friends because my self-control at restaurants has not been at an all-time high, so if you’re reading this and feeling blown off, it’s not you, it’s me.

Until later!