Greetings! Here’s what happened in October:
- I am officially registered to take the USMLE Step 1 at the end of February. Not much more to say about that, as I’m taking the advice of the upperclassmen to not start studying until classes are over in December. I probably won’t actually start studying until after New Year’s.
- We had our first Brain and Behavior test a few weeks ago, on the 11th. I think it was a bit more manageable than we all expected it to be. We haven’t gotten our grade back yet, but I’m pretty sure I passed. The next one is in a couple of weeks.
- Physical Diagnosis has been quite an adventure lately, what with holding babies in the nursery ward, stumbling over histories and physicals in the VA with my tutor, and checking cranial nerves and reflexes on my classmates. Even though PDx takes up 2 afternoons a week, and sometimes I can’t tell if I’m improving in my skills, I really enjoy the experience of talking with real patients; it’s a welcome break from lecture.
- In Continuity Clinic, I’ve been watching my preceptor do ear surgeries in the OR. The last time I was there, he allowed me to scrub in and learn how to suture. The resident talked me through the loops and knots necessary to close the incision behind the boy’s ear. He was extremely encoraging, so much so that I might ask to help out the next time I’m there.
- As I’ve mentioned before, my class will start on the wards in March. This past week, we turned in surveys ranking our preferences for the order of our clerkships (psychiatry/neurology, pediatrics, OB/GYN, internal medicine, and surgery). Our schedules are ultimately determined in part by a lottery system, so we may not be able to get our first choices, but I’m hopeful that I’ll get a schedule I’ll be able to live with.
- Radial Grooves was invited to perform at the Premed PreVU dinner, part of a larger event in which premed advisors from colleges nationwide come to Vanderbilt Medical School to see what it has to offer.
- The V-Day Committee had our introductory session not too long ago, at which we discussed current plans for our 2014 production of The Vagina Monologues. There were few in attendance, but a lot of great ideas were brought to the table. It was a step in the right direction, and I can’t wait to see the show come to fruition.
- I went with a friend to an open mic on the undergraduate campus. As some of you know, I hadn’t performed spoken word since the competition I participated in last April. However, I ended up getting my name on the list at the last minute and performed a piece that I’d written a year and a half before. I was afraid of what people would think of it, but it was extremely well received. I hope that maybe I find time to start writing again, or arranging music, or something. In the meantime, at least I have cooking. If you have Pinterest, you can see my latest culinary endeavors on my “From 3Ni’s Kitchen” board.
- I’ve loved being able to connect with the young adults at Belmont Church. The night after my B&B exam, I was able to go to a dinner hosted by a couple in Brentwood. We chatted over a homecooked meal, played “telephone pictionary,” and toured the magnificent house. I’m pretty sure I want a house like theirs when I have the money for it. Anyway, in addition to the dinner, I’ve been going to Wednesday night group as much as possible and have made some new friends and acquaintances. Everyone is so welcoming, something like the Christian community in the book of Acts. I feel at home.