Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Night Before Real Life Begins

Hello, loyal friends!

Tomorrow, I will begin my career as an MD. I am a first year resident in Internal Medicine, categorical. I will be spending the next three years of my life learning how to be self-reliant when caring for patients. I am beyond excited to play an active role in the health and well-being of my patients, but I am also quite nervous about all that is to come. I know I'm not alone when I say I feel like I don't know enough to be someone's doctor - but I'm told that what I know is expected of an intern and that I'll learn quickly along the way during the next three years.

Tomorrow begins at 6:30 for patient hand off, when I will be given my very own set of patients (between 4-10 patients each day) to care for during their stay in the hospital. I will be on the nephrology service for the first month - caring for primary and consult patients. I've heard nephro is really busy, which gives me some great opportunities to meet many different people and pathology.

I intend to keep a running journal of my growth, now as an MD, much like I had during my third year of medical school.

I am so excited to care for patients in a meaningful way and to learn so much more, but I am so nervous as well!

But, I guess, ready or not, patients of the world, HERE I COME!!!!!!