Only one more week of the semester left. I absolutely cannot wait for it to be over. It is amazing how much more information you cover in a semester versus a quarter. I have a block exam on Monday, and the final is Thursday. Then I get two whole weeks off!
We are planning to make the long drive back to Nebraska for Christmas, but I am really excited to spend time with family. Then I have another week off which I will spend trying to catch up on the all the board studying I haven’t been doing in the past month or two.
I can’t believe the year is half over, though. It is crazy. One more semester of classes, and then I start rotations! It is really a scary feeling. I just don’t feel in any way ready to start seeing patients. Even though I have learned a ton so far, I still feel like there is so much more I need to know. Oh well, that is Future Emily’s problem.
The thing I am most excited to be done with is hematology/oncology. For years and years I thought I wanted to be a pediatric oncologist. I decided a while ago I didn’t want to work with kids, but I still held onto the idea of being an oncologist. Well, I can now say with almost absolute certainty that that is never going to happen.
I have a new respect for hem/onc specialists because the subject is way too complex for me. Plus, I learned that specializing in oncology requires at least two years of research, which has just never appealed to me. The good news is, this makes me more confident about going into general internal medicine.
I will say, though, that I am pretty good at delivering bad news. We had more difficult topics sps this week. My patients were a drug seeker and woman who was finding out she had Stage IV breast cancer. I didn’t do real well with the drug seeker, but I delivered that bad news like it was nobody’s business. Too bad I won’t be making a career out of telling people they have cancer.