Archive for January, 2009

Rotation 5 & 6 Community Medicine & Surgery (a little vacation too)

Monday, January 5th, 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve written. Time to catch up I suppose. Rotation’s 5 & 6, the “easy” months went by fast. These are known as the “easy” months because the hours are a little better (60-70 hours a week instead of 80) and we are allowed to take one of our vacations during these rotations. I took my much needed vacation at the beginning of month 5 to Gold Beach with Matt and Dorito. We had a fabulous time, got to see Kim and Brian and their new puppy “Sucio” and even had some good weather. (We were lucky because Oregon in October can be pretty cold and wet) More about vacation in another post.

Community Medicine was a nice break from the long hours of Internal Medicine.  More days in the clinic too which was nice to have some continuity with my patients.  I also felt like I started to learn the ins and outs of the clinic  being there more than on half day a week.  Not only was it nice to learn about the ins and outs of the clinic, I also feel that I got to know more about what is available for my patients as far as community resources and how much a majority of the population depends on these resources for basic health care and personal needs.

Surgery was a whirl wind rotation and I had the chance to work with many amazing people.  I also had the chance to see and assist with procedures that I am telling my patients about.  It’s nice to be able to tell them exactly what they are going to go through and what the expected recovery should be.  I also got the chance to practice my suturing so now if any of you cut yourself I can make you just like new!

Yellowstone 2008

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Yellowstone was a great quick trip. It’s amazing that in just a short hour I can be in Sacramento with Kim! After I landed we drove to Brian’s mom’s house, spent some time in the sun by the pool and packed up the car. Since I was up for pretty much 48 hours straight, I slept most of the way to Yellowstone and we arrived four hours later in the dark. When I woke up the next morning I couldn’t believe my eyes! The scenery was so beautiful….mountains all around us.

We spend the day hiking after sleeping in as much as we could on our little cots….at least we didn’t get eaten by a bear.  There was one that came close to our campsite to sniff out our goods!  Someone yelled “go away bear” right when Kim got up to go to the bathroom and we thought they were kidding…apparently the next morning we found out there really was a bear.  Lucky for Kim she survived her trip to the bathroom.

The early birds got up at the crack of dawn to scale half dome and the lazy ones (us) took our time and went on a nice leisurely 7 mile hike.  Beautiful views and good company made it the perfect hike and the perfect vacation.  We were pretty tired when we got back but not as tired as the group that climbed all the way to the top of half dome.  Maybe someday I’ll go back and go all the way to the top. That night we had a nice campfire and made tin foil dinners…the first of many tin foil dinners to come I’m sure!    We also made cookies on the open flame and of course the all important s’mores!  We made it through the night with no more bear incidents and had a nice drive back to Lodi to pick up “Sucio”.  I was sad to say goodbye and go back to reality but happy to see Dorito and Matt when I got home.