I just finished a month of pre-residency at the PGH Otorhinolaryngology - Head/Neck Surgery department. It was the most tiring month in my medical career, nay, in my ENTIRE life, and yet I am extremely happy. I for a fact truly enjoyed the experience. The residents were accommodating, and it was definitely the most fun I’ve had LEARNING. The learning experience was truly the best part.
Except perhaps the fact that I had the best batchmates I could’ve ever asked for. Sadly though, only half of the twelve of us (we call ourselves The Dirty Dozen!) could be accepted, but reality sucks. It was cool though that the consultants thought we were all good enough, since they kept saying they would’ve taken us all in if it weren’t for the limited number of government items for the department (and for the quota procedures each resident needed to graduate).
Anyway, now I wait for the call telling me whether I got in or not, which could come anytime within the next two weeks. Whatever happens though, I have no regrets. ORL is love; PGH ORL is home. I just wish they make me call it home this year (instead of next year, if they don’t accept me now and I’d have to reapply!)
My Weather Of Choice.
Except I’ve been on duty at the hospital for more than 24 hours now and I can’t go home because the roads to Manila are un-passable to all vehicles from the flood.
Trust me: we graduated medical school when this was taken.
But I get it: we do appear as if we just graduated high school.
I still find myself unable to believe it. I passed my Licensure Examinations! Finally, years of hard work have paid off: I’m finally licensed to heal! To all who wished luck, thank you!
And wow, how I missed Tumblr!
The past twelve days have been a blur: from the night my friends and I learned we passed, to the numerous celebrations and get-togethers after that, and then to the nights spent thereafter studying for my ENT Residency application exam (which by the way, was extremely difficult!).
Which brings me to
tonight today. It’s currently 2 AM and here I am blogging away the insomnia from:
(1) the strong espresso I was gravely mistaken in drinking just two hours prior, and,
(2) the fact that I’m going to my first gig as a licensed physician in a few hours. Just a seven-to-seven out-patient clinic gig, but it’s really making me anxious, because for the first time in my medical career, I will be alone: no consultant to correct me, no resident to ask questions from, no other medical students to discuss with. Everything from hereon will be of my own doing, and my decisions will directly affect another person’s well-being.
I’m hoping things go well. *crosses fingers*
Ever since my first year cadaver dissection days, tracing nerves and vessels had always been my favorite anatomy topic.
After 71 international goals, 16 WC goals, a world record, and a World Cup, Klose has retired. #diemannschaft is definitely thankful.
Throwback Thursday. Back when I was “little”.
Promise, in 20-ish days I’ll be a licensed MD and all this stress of the boards will be over and I can resume swimming and running. All to get back this MDR-TB look that I so rock in.
Will be blocking Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the entirety of August. Y’know, boards and stuff. Nothing personal.
Yeap, I’ll be back! And thanks for the birthday greetings y’all! You know who you are! :)