I got home today, after playing accountant this week, and dived right into making my fourth year schedule. We got the stuff to do this several weeks ago, but every time I looked at it, my stomach churned and I had to stop.
In an ideal world, if I got my first choice for every rotation I picked, then my schedule would look like this:
- July: Surgery Acting Internship at [county hospital]
- August: Away Rotation in Urology at school I might like to attend
- September: Urology at my school
- October: ICU
- November: Off to interview and take USMLE Step 2 CK & CS
- December: Infectious Disease
- January: Emergency Medicine (Urology Match!!!!)
- February: Family Practice (required outpatient clinic month)
- March: "Transition to Residency" required month of b.s.
- April: Off***
- May: Body CT/MRI, then I become an MD!!!!
***In April, I *may* take a working trip to China that month with other students from my school. In this case, I would probably take another month off.
This is all a shadow game, anyhow. Most of the electives will be add/dropped at some point, I'm sure, and I'm sure I'll change my mind about wanting to do stuff. Also, this is assuming that I actually GET the rotations I want, which is a huge assumption. Now, I just have to get my urology advisor to sign off on this monstrosity, and I can enter fourth year!
I spoke to my paternal grandmother yesterday while I was at Dad's. She asked me what I wanted to do, and I said "I'm thinking about urology", and she said "Oh!"... (several seconds of silence). She asked a few questions about third year, and whether I had done urology yet, and when I applied to urology (September), and she said "Oh, well, then, you've still got time to make up your mind then." Gee, thanks, Nana!
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