July 5, 2014

Hello, Readers,

OMG. Residency is quite different than I expected; very, VERY busy. I am frequently reminded of my internal medicine rotation during third year. It’s taking time to get used to things–figuring out how different processes work at the hospital, learning to navigate the computer system from a resident’s perspective. Oh, and learning my way around the hospital: I can find the cafeteria, the other cafeteria, and the Emergency Room. I was shown where the GME office is once, but am not sure how to get back there without going outside and approaching it from the nearest exit.

I like that we don’t have to work every weekend. Even though I have to come in to work this weekend, I’m happy to have next weekend off. Though orientation is over, we continue to have many meetings. The good thing about working on the weekend is that we do NOT have meetings; it’s much easier to sit down and concentrate on a task when you don’t have to worry about getting to a stopping point just so you can make it to another obligation on time.

Spooky having everyone call me Dr. And carrying around a pager, still getting used to that. I find that having to dress up most days, I look forward to coming home and having a reason to go somewhere and wear casual clothes. Oh, and I’ve got this dorky habit now of reaching for my pocket to get my keys/badge ready to unlock/swipe into most doors.

In for a penny, in for a pound! I’m a resident now!

9 Responses to “Residency”

  1. Bilal said

    Hello jenn,

    Congratulations for the successful journey,
    You make it sound so much fun and exiting-
    I have been reading ur documents on Mua Facebook pages since 2012, and u gave me a clearer picture of Mua, and finally took my decision to start a premed program as of May 2014 .

    I would like to hear from you some advice to have a successful basic science program and make it through step 1 without worries. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


    • jenningers said

      Hello, Bilal,

      Thanks for reading, hope pre-med is going well for you!

      I think many of the challenges that people face when they start basic sciences have to do with getting used to the island and living without most of the modern conveniences we’re used to up in the US/Canada–smart phones, functioning cars, cheap air conditioning, having a life outside of school. And lucky for you–you’ve already done that! So you’re through the hard part!

      The key to doing well in basic sciences is not to let yourself get behind. It’s easy to rationalize that you “deserve” a break and to take a few days off from keeping up with your notes, but this is a HUGE mistake! NEVER take more than 1 night off from your studying, including weekends.

      Also, as I’ve said MANY times before, DON’T CHEAT! There will be a HUGE temptation to cheat, others will cheat and appear to do well in classes and have free time to go drinking, go to parties and go to the beach, but these are the folks who FAIL THE STEP! If you LEARN the MATERIAL the first time, when you go through the classes by paying attention in lecture and keeping up with your notes, you have a much easier time reviewing for Comp and Step 1 and you’re not having to learn all that material for the first time.

      Simple advice but it worked the best for me!


  2. Newly appointed attending said

    Good job getting a residency spot!!!!! I just finished my residency….med school is nothing compared to what your about to go through. Believe me, I went to MUA as well and I know how tough it was.

    • Stephanie said

      Nothing compared to what your about to go through …. in a good way or in a “MUA didn’t prepare me for any of this” way?

      • jenningers said

        Hi, Stephanie,

        My apologies for taking this long to get back to you. In response to your question, a combination of both. I have found out in the process of teaching medical students and observing the experiences they go through that my clinical experiences….left something to be desired. I think part of the reason I was so anxious and terrified about completing my residency months in inpatient neurology and internal medicine, was because my clinical in internal medicine left me feeling like I still had much to learn (it took place on an inpatient family medicine service in a very limited population). But, on the other hand, I think we are so over-prepared on book knowledge that Ddx and theory was an area in which I felt more than confidant. There was just a bit of catching up I needed to do on physical exam and history-taking to make me feel more confident.

        Hope this helps!

  3. Coretta said

    Hi Jenn,

    I just loved reading your blog you swayed my decision to go to MUA. I am on the island currently about to start med 1 I would like to know if you have any Histology or Anatomy notes or any notes that Med 1 use that would be helpful. Keep up your amazing blog and congrats on residency you sound like an amazing doctor!

    • jenningers said

      Hello, Coretta!

      Congratulations on getting into med school! I hope everything’s going well in Med 1 so far. As I’m sure you’ve found out, the pace of Med 1 is such that I think it’s a disservice to send someone notes to histo or anatomy before the class starts. You need all the free-time and relaxation you can get before you start Med 1. Then I think part of the learning process which helped me most is the thought and work that goes into processing the notes taken in class, figuring out how to determine what is important, testible material, and then learning how to organize that material into logical, legible notes that you can reference. Hope this helps!


  4. Annie said

    Congrats Jenn!!!!

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