You know that feeling when you’ve been waiting for something to happen, and for reasons outside of your control, things unexpectedly change? It’s like when you’ve been waiting to board your flight to that tropical destination for over 3 hours, and the flight attendant says your flight has been indefinitely delayed. Or when you’ve been waiting to get in the game but it seems like you’re never gonna make it off the bench. Well, that’s how I’ve felt for the last 6 months.
Normally during the third year of medical school, students transition from the classroom into hospitals and clinics. This is what most students look forward to, because it’s the true start of our careers in medicine. We finally get to learn how to take care of patients with practical applications, and put all of the knowledge taught in the first two years of medical school to use.
Due to Covid and the surge of cases, the start date for my in-person clinical rotations was pushed back multiple times. Instead, we had virtual rotations until it was safe enough for us to be in the hospital.
Last Monday, I finallyyyy started my clinical rotations! Excited is not a vibrant enough word to describe the feelings I had. I’m finally off the bench and in the game and it couldn’t feel better. Now don’t get me wrong, I feel every bit of inexperienced, but I am ready to learn as much as I can and improve my clinical skills.
I plan to share more about my rotations and clinical life, but for now I’m just getting the hang of things and finishing 3rd year strong!