Hello from the busy world of Sub-I! Yes, I decided to let you know about the week I’ve had (short form of course) and that I’m still alive.
I’ll tell you right now that if you’re unaware of how taxing it is to be "on" all the time you have got to put yourself somewhere for a day and try it. It drains you. It sucks the energy out of you as you try to read, look busy, appear genuine while all-the-while kissing ass, and simply going above and beyond everything you’ve ever done in order to meet expectations.
Saturday was a day off and I found myself completely asleep till 8:30am. That’s early you say? Considering I’ve become accustomed to the 4 or 5 am awakenings with work, Wife, and Daughter, anytime after 7am is really late. Really late.
It’s been very interesting and fun, however, and I’ve honestly enjoyed the faculty and residents tremendously. I find myself hoping for acceptance by their institution. It’s a great place and most of the residents are very keen on the teaching environment and have been quite friendly. My IV skills are being tested constantly and my intubation success has decreased a little based on the degree of complexity I’m seeing in these patients. Thursday I go to see my first neurosurgery case ever – it was hard to consider what needed to be done, but the resident was more than ready. Needless to say, it impressed me to see how well trained this CA-2 was.
Also I've lost my contacts (one was lost after falling out of my eye - in a case nonetheless!) and I purchased some glasses. I plan on getting some contacts again, but right now the glasses are fine and are more applicable to the OR environment anyway.
Today I submitted my application to ERAS (electronic residency application service) for the hefty sum of $270! Apparently I was charged separately because I was applying to 3 different types of programs (Anes, prelim IM, and Transitional Year) despite my dean assuring me that this wouldn’t happen. Hmm, my school’s not got the most accurate information? Who knew?
Anyway, I’m glad to be where I am right now, getting the ERAS crap over with, and can now look forward to accepting interviews – hopefully.