After much blood, sweat and tears, I have most of my schedule for the next year and 5 months planned out. I still have some electives up in the air, but I want to wait and see what I’m leaning towards before I decide which ones I want to take.
I am not taking time off (other than a week or 2) to study for the Step 2 CK or CS. People think I’m crazy for that, but I just don’t have the time (see my packed schedule below). I also can’t afford to take time off to work on my residency applications or for residency interviews, so that whole period of my life is going to be somewhat high stress.
Anyway, in case you’re wondering why I haven’t replied to an email or am otherwise out of contact with the world, at least you now know what I am doing. I made this schedule so I could make sense out of things, so my family and friends could keep track of me, and for any interested folks who want to see what a 3rd and 4th year med student’s schedule looks like.
I’ll update the schedule as I fill in the ?’s.
Psychiatry: June 16 – July 25, 2008
Surgery: Aug 18 – Nov 7, 2008
Internal Medicine: Nov 10 – Jan 30, 2009
Neurology: Feb 2 – Feb 27, 2009
Step 2 CK: March 10, 2009
Family Medicine: March 16 – April 24, 2009
Step 2 CS: April 30, 2009
Gastroenterology: May 4 – May 29, 2009
Radiology: June 1 – June 26, 2009
? Elective Rotation (possibly Emergency Medicine): July 6 – July 31, 2009
? Surgical Subspecialty Elective (possibly Neurosurgery): Aug 3 – Aug 28, 2009
Obstetrics/Gynecology: Aug 31 – Oct 9, 2009
? Pediatrics (waiting for approval): Oct 19 – Nov 27, 2009
? Elective Rotation (possibly Pathology) – Dec 7 – Jan 1, 2010
? Elective Rotation (possibly Psych subspecialty) – Jan 4 – Jan 29, 2010
? Elective Rotation (possibly Psych subspecialty) – Feb 1 – Feb 12, 2010
“Wiggle” room: Feb 12 – March 30
GRADUATION: March 31, 2010
Note: The first pic was taken right before I left the States to go to medical school in Dominica. That was the day before my flight, when I went hiking with my friends (Laura in pic). The second pic was taken just a few days ago on my trip to Coney Island. It’s strange for me to think about the time that has passed in between then and now.