Thursday, August 6, 2009

One week down... 4 years to go

The last day of orientation is tomorrow. I've endured "seminars" (who do they think they're kidding, they're lectures) on everything from professionalism to proper handwashing. I've also listened to countless presentations from people about the library, the email website, and choosing a specialty. What I have not heard is how to get around this place, where we go if we have questions, who we contact for answers, and WHAT we're going to be doing for the next year. Class schedules are quite vague, I feel a bit like a herd of cattle being prodded off a cliff. From what I gather, we have Anatomy through December, Histology through September, at which point it turns into Embryology, which turns into something else sometime before the end of the year. I'm taking 50 credits total starting now and running through the end of May. Yikes, I've signed my life away for the next 4 years.

I went on rounds on Monday. I met a malnourished infant. Yet another confirmation that pediatrics is 100% not my thing.

I have also mastered rush hour Detroit traffic. I can recall rush hour traffic in Seattle, and I must say that Detroit has not been as bad as I anticipated. A 20 minute drive takes me about 30, which is pretty decent. I should probably hold my tongue until the snow starts, I bet it'll get nasty then. Who knows.

In other news, I've tackled the washer and dryer situation in the basement. But since I forgot to take cash out of an ATM, I only had enough money for one load of wash. I should probably work on that, I kind of need clean clothing.

Until next time!


  1. Sounds like you have quite a year ahead of you, however - you mastered Detroit traffic, so I know you can do this too!

  2. OH, the joys of being a newbie!!! I'm sure you will acclimate yourself in no time and soon be helping others, that's just your nature. So good to see a post here, keep it up so we can follow your progress. Four years will fly by...