Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Family Medicine

My family medicine core rotation is over. Time flew by so fast. I spent a total of 6 weeks in three different locations. Pros: I had a ton of hands on experience. Every office I worked at I had the opportunity to see patients on my own, collect a history and physical, present the case to the PA or MD, discuss my assessment and help create a plan. It was very fulfiling. The ER addition to this rotation was also great. I had a broad education with lots of opportunities to get involved. I inserted central lines, stitched up legs and scalps, flushed gunshot wounds, reviewed MRI/CT scans as well as Xrays, drew blood, started IVs, watched a chest tube insertion, performed CPR. These are just to name a few. Cons: my clinical experience was primarily guided by PA's, this is great from the point that they are patient with the students but can be a con when trying to discuss the most up to date information and treatment as well as a deep understanding of the basic sciences as they relate to the pathology of the patient. On a bright note I did take the shelf exam on Sunday and I was very pleased that it was not as difficult as I had anticipated. What is next? I started OB/GYN yesterday. So far so good....

3 comments:

Sumer Chauhan said...

Came across your blog by accident and got carried away reading about your experiences. Very impressed by your achievements and most of all your honesty.

I need your advice on the FM Shelf Exam, how did you and what did you use to prepare for this?

MOM2MD said...

Hi Sumer, sorry it took so long for me to respond to your comment but time has gotten away from me while I was away. For FM shelf I used case files. I found it very helpful and it helped me answer alot of the questions on the shelf exam. I also did some questions from Pretest on preventative medicine. I wish you all the best and thank you for reading.

Emma said...

Love this blog! I am taking the MCAT on August 2nd, and will be my third time doing so. This is my last year applying as time is slipping away and I am wanting to get into a career field sooner than later.

I was just wondering how you like/liked Ross University. I am from Canada and I am worried about residency back home.

ps. I love the fact that you followed your passion and went for it!