Rob has just started his 4th year of medical school, which means it’s almost over (crazy!!!), but…we’re actually only about halfway to Rob being a practicing doctor. Residency here we come!
I wish I would have started blogging when Rob began medical school, to help out those as clueless as I was at the beginning, but in the spirit of being gentle with myself, I wasn’t ready until now to take on the commitment of blogging (it’s something you can’t force).
But you’ll get to read all about 4th year and residency!
I’m trying to remember details of what medical school has been like so far and here’s all I’ve got:
First Year: Rough.
Second Year: Rougher.
Third Year: Horrible.
Fourth Year: So far so good!
Don’t get me started on really thinking about residency yet. All I’ve heard from those that have preceded me is, “You think medical school is hard? Wait until residency.”
I guess what I mean when I say medical school (for both parties involved) has been “rough,” it’s the levels of stress and lack of time and room to breathe. Why does the whole thing have to be so intense and frantic? Who decided that this should be the life of a medical student as well as a doctor? I’d like to have a meeting with them to air my grievances.
But 4th year does seem pretty promising so far.
It’s a very flexible schedule and the med students choose which clinics they go to and what they study. Rob just finished his first rotation (about a month long) which was a mini-internship in family medicine. They scared us at the beginning with phrases like “expect 70-80 hour work weeks” and “on call every Saturday.” Surprisingly, Rob ended up getting to choose how long he stayed during the week, and he only had to do two Saturday calls. It’s been like Christmas!!
Next up, he’ll be around a lot more as he studies and takes his second board exam. We’re also doing some vacationing before the new school year begins for me (Wait. Did I just say the word vacation??? Could it be?? It’s Christmas again!). Then it’s several months of residency applications and interviews.
I’m pretty excited about all of this. I’ll get to see Rob more, maybe even talk to him for longer than 30 minutes at a time, get more help around the house and with Pookie, and maybe we can even start working on some projects.
Glorious, glorious, 4th year. It’s the calm before the storm of residency, but I’ll take it! 😀