12 March 2012 @ 01:43 pm
"Congratulations! You have matched."

This is the e-mail I got at 11AM this morning. BEST E-MAIL EVER!!!! I matched, guys!! That means that I'm going to be an anesthesiologist when I grow up. That means that I have somewhere to be starting July 1st. That I have a job, as a doctor. This is the biggest relief of my life.

I won't know where until Friday, but right now, I don't care. I'm just happy to know that I have a residency spot waiting for me and that my future, for now, is set.
Current Music: *my own heartbeat*
Current Mood: ecstatic
07 March 2012 @ 01:17 pm
I'm back from Shanghai! Actually, I've been back for almost exactly 1 week now but since I started my Internal Medicine sub-internship the day after I got back, I've been really busy and jet-lagged since. And I have to work weekends so it's not like I can catch up then. So, here I am, writing a quick post while at work.

Anyway, I've missed a lot while I was in China because of the crappy Internet connection I had at my hotel. But it's not like I had a lot of sit-in-my-hotel-room-and-do-nothing moments; I was always out, eating, shopping, partying, etc. But still, I've missed my Arashi fixes and on my online friends. And there is no way I'm gonna be able to catch up on a month's worth of news, so if I have missed something important or just particularly interesting in your life, please tell me!

On my end, Match Week starts next Monday. So I'll find out whether I have somewhere to go in July or need to spend a week begging any program to take me by 11AM on Monday. I'm trying not to think too much about it 'cause if I do, I'll probably go into a panic attack. I'm fully prepared to scramble but I still want to cling to the hope that some program will just take me. Wish me luck!

Shanghai hijinks posts to come, once I have more time and can organize my thoughts.
Current Mood: sick
Current Music: *workroom noises*
28 September 2011 @ 05:44 pm
You know that 9-hour exam I took about a month ago? I passed! *does happy dance* Yay, I don't have to quit med school. I didn't do as well as I would have liked but it wasn't horrible, either. So I'll just be happy and relieved for now and focus on the next exam.

Also got an interview offer for an Anesthesia residency yesterday. Double-yay!

I also finally got to see an open heart surgery today. It was surprisingly uneventful, which was good for both the patient, surgeons and anesthesiologists. And it turned out that even as a student on Anesthesia this month, I am not safe from pimping from attending surgeons. But I managed to answer all the questions correctly so I didn't look too stupid. W00t!

And one of my residents told me that my attending has been hearing really good things about me, and chances are, I will get a good letter of recommendation from this rotation. Also, got let out by 3:30 today, which was awesome!

So yeah, it's been a good week.

On the flip side, I've missed dinner for the past 3 days 'cause I've just been so exhausted by the time I get home that I just pass out at like 6 PM. And since I rarely eat breakfast because I'm always rushing to the hospital really early, there are times, like today, where I'm standing during a 6-hour surgery with no food in my system for over 24 hours. Not good for my health, I'm sure.
Current Music: *The Colbert Report*
Current Mood: hungry
24 August 2011 @ 11:40 pm
USMLE Step 2 CK is this Saturday. Residency applications open on September 1st. Need to have my away rotation squared away before the end of the month. 2 months of Anesthesia rotations starting in September. Need to apply for a scholarship for my international away rotation in Shanghai. Want sleep but having insomnia. Feeling hungry but lacking appetite. Have run out of Coke (my life's blood).

Panic. Sheer and utter panic. I just want this whole med school thing to end.
Current Mood: anxious
Current Music: *silence*
01 August 2011 @ 04:41 pm
It's amazing how much I got done today so far. I've contacted the rest of my letter of recommendation writers, turned in paperwork for my away rotation in October, turned in a LOR cover letter, returned my radiology book, called to set up an appointment for my senior photo, and renewed my car registration. And it's not even 5:00! This is all between and immediately after my Ambulatory Medicine orientation and 3-hour lecture on asthma management. Oh, and 1.5 hours for lunch. I made such good time today!

I even contacted one of the residency programs I'm interested in and asked them some questions (thus showing interest in the process).

My schedule this month: 18 half-days off and no weekends. That would sound awesome if every moment were not dedicated to studying for my Step 2 exam.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: *Gilmore Girls*
09 June 2011 @ 12:12 am
Got to deliver a baby almost entirely by myself today! I got to participate in 4 vaginal deliveries and partially deliver 2 last Saturday, with the guidance of either my resident or attending, but today was pretty much all me. Granted, it was the fastest and smoothest birth I have ever seen, which is probably why the staff felt comfortable with me doing it, but I'll take what I can get. It's a pretty amazing experience. My goal for this month was to catch at least 1 baby and now I've already caught 3. Mission accomplished!
Current Music: *rainstorm outside*
Current Mood: awake
26 May 2011 @ 08:32 am
Survived my first night on call. Started with daily rounds, a day of lectures in the morning, followed by a quick H&P on a laboring patient. Then I went to my 3-hour surgery that ended up being a 6-hour surgery. And I discovered that my shoes give me good support for the first 4 hours or so, but after that, I can no longer avoid the pain in my low back and knees. When the case ended at 7 PM, I finally got to grab lunch. Yes, lunch. 'Cause I hadn't had anything to eat or drink since 9 AM.

After inhaling my burger, I had to run down to see my post-op patient again 'cause she was complaining of intense calf pain. While I was there, I missed an emergency C-section, which made me pretty disappointed. But I did eventually get to assist in a vaginal delivery, where I helped the baby come out, and then I got to deliver the placenta. That was around midnight. Got to get some shut-eye around 1:20 but got woken up at 2 AM for a consult. Went back to bed at 3 AM and woke up around 4:45 to check up on patients, pre-round, write notes. Barely got to rounds at 6:45, finished rounding by 7:50. Home by 8:10. The only good thing about being on call is the post-call day. I'm gonna nap like there's no tomorrow.

Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: *wind blowing outside*
16 May 2011 @ 05:39 pm
Just started my OB/GYN rotation. Which means I'll be waking up at ungodly hours again (I need to leave the house by 5:30 AM). I'll probably still be checking LJ every now and then, but I probably won't be posting or commenting that much for a while. Apparently it's really hard to do well in this rotation so I really need to buckle down and study. And since the 4th years are graduating this week, we have less students and thus more work to do. And more expectations! Ugh, not the idea rotation to end the year with. I'm gonna miss my sleep!
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: *Gilmore Girls*
11 May 2011 @ 10:04 pm

I think the background vocals drowned out the soloists at times, but it turned out pretty well for just 2 practices with choreo. We were surprisingly in sync. I wish all 3 of our Gagas were mic'ed but oh well.

And this is my favorite song we did all year:

Current Music: "Somedy to Love" - Chordae Harmonae
Current Mood: accomplished
14 April 2011 @ 12:54 am
You know how certain acronyms can stand for a lot of different things? Med school has definitely made me see that.

before: fresh off the boat
now: father of the baby

Guess what SOB stands for? )

Do you have any idea how confused I was reading through medical charts before I learned this new lingo? Try to interpret something like this:

HPI: Denies CP, SOB, f/c/n/v/d.

Gen: NAD, A&Ox3
CV: RRR, no m/r/g
Resp: CTAB, no r/r/w
GI: ND, +BS, TTP in RUQ, no HSM, no CVA tenderness
Ext: WWP, no c/c/e, CR <2 sec, 2+ DP and PT

This is literally what most progress notes look like in patients' charts. Do you have your decoder ring on you?

1,001st post! Yay!
Current Mood: amused
Current Music: *silence*