Monday, March 30, 2015
What a wonderful experience! The joy of caring for babies and children was a blast...I never thought I would want or desire to be a Pediatrician...But, after this clerkship I wonder? It seems that there is always so much to learn from each clerkship...As a pediatrician you are responsible for monitoring and caring for the development of the children...To make sure the baby/child is reaching their developmental milestones, to screen for genetic disorders, to look for musculoskeletal abnormalities, etc, etc...What a huge responsibility! The most rewarding part of this clerkship is to say or comment to the parents that their child is on target with development, healthy and doing great...You should see the smile on their faces...Every parent wants to hear that. Although the majority of the children you see as a pediatrician are relatively healthy...the keenness of your skills come when you detect the abnormalities in the midst of a busy schedule. That's the seriousness of the job. You have to make sure that you are not overlooking any abnormality that could delay or cause serious developmental issues in the child. The office I was working in was a very well rounded practice. The doctor took care of his patients, patient centered care. I guess that is why, he has 2 very thriving practices. His favorite saying, "medicine is common sense." When practicing use your common sense, mixed with clinical knowledge and you will have a great career. He was the epitome of caring for each and every patient sincerely. As I continue in my training, I will forever remember the doctors that always showed true compassion and had a desire to care for and provide their patients with the best quality care. The wonderful part about this journey to practicing medicine is I'm truly enjoying the journey. No matter how tough or challenging your road maybe ahead, try to find the enjoyment in it all...because when you look back, what you focused on the most is how you will remember it...Focus on the good, focus the great experiences, focus on your accomplishments, focus on the light shining brightly NOW..It is guiding you through the tunnel...Life is Better than GOOD...I feel the light shining on me and it is guiding me through and to my destiny... Psm 34:8 NIV, "Taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed is he that takes refuge in him." Do you feel the LIGHT? Do you see the Light? Look hard...See your destiny. Live in your Destiny, Now! Your perception is your reality...NOW, go live your dream (s)...
Sunday, March 8, 2015
OMG...I am half way through my Pediatrics clerkship and it has been so much fun. I think Pediatricians have the most fun through out their work day...Just imagine playing with babies all day. Goo GOO and ga ga ing all day long...singing the alphabet song...a real blast... At the end of the day, I am pooped. I was not really expecting this much fun...My attending is really great with the parents and babies. He has 2 thriving practices and is busy all day long... The challenge with this rotation as with Internal Medicine is finding the time to study. By the time you get home, you are too exhausted to pick up a book or do questions...I have been studying daily on some level... I just pray it's enough by March 30th when I take my shelf exam...I've developed a half way check point, I purchase a NBME assessment exam to gauge my comprehension. I did the exam today..and wasn't too ecstatic about my score. But, good news is I still have 3 weeks to improve before I take my shelf exam...I have work to do...lol I had never thought of a career as a Pediatrician prior to this rotation, but I can really see how rewarding it could be. It seems that every rotation I do, I like...What's a girl to do? I guess that's why Family Medicine is a sound choice for some... children and adults....I'm so tempted by them all...Decisions, Decisions.... Another 3 weeks of Pediatrics, then it's OB/GYN..."I don't know nothing bout birthing no babies." (for all you young heads that's a quote from the classic movie Gone with the Wind..LOL) As you move along your journey, count it all joy...when the opportunities are unfolding...God knows the way that you take.. Live the life you've dreamed of NOW!..You can do it!