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October 21, 2013

A day in the life of a harvard med student: medicine

Happy Monday everyone!! Today I'm doing another "Day in the Life" post (read about third year surgery rotation here). This time I'm sharing a day on my medicine sub-internship (sub-i). This is a fourth year rotation where you as the medical student are the first person called on for everything about your patient. You are the doctor (with plenty of supervision of course), but you are the one the patients will want to talk to, you are the one who proposes the plan of treatment and dosages, who answers nursing questions, you. It was an amazing month (I got it out of the way when I was 5 months pregnant!) that really reminds you why you wanted to be a doctor in the first place.


The day I'm sharing here is a typical no call day, but we are on call every fourth day (Q4); those days we are admitting new patients until 8pm and working them up even later - a good call day means you leave around 9, disaster call days also happen and you leave at midnight. Would love to know what you guys think of these posts - any other rotations you want to hear about?

And PS - for those of my readers who are always on their feet in the hospital or in anatomy lab, next week I'll be giving away a pair of Danskos of your choice!! Can't wait!

19 comments:

  1. Pleassseee do a post on prepping for Step 1. I'm freaking out! (Loved this piece, btw. Didn't realize how much independence you can get in fourth year.)

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    1. Hi Chantelle!! It's definitely in the works - but don't freak out yet it's too early for that!! Hang in there!

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  2. You truly are not given enough thanks (along with wonderful nurses) - thank you for all that you do Laura!

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  3. I love you Med School Monday posts! They're just so inspiring, especially as I'm doing my own clinical rotations. I'd love those shoes too!

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  4. THANK-YOU LAURA!!!...for not forgetting MMs! (MedSchoolMondays)

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  5. Love these Medical School Monday posts! I am in PA school and I am currently doing Inpatient Internal Medicine and this day sounds pretty similar to mine. I absolutely love it! Can't wait for the Danskos giveaway as I have not invested in a pair yet! xo Moe

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  6. Hi Laura!
    I just discovered your blog and fell in love :) Your posts are so lovely and I love reading about your experience with medical school. I am currently a first year medical student and was wondering if you can give advice on how to be/build confidence when starting in clinical rotations? Also, did you ever have any negative experiences during clinicals? If so, how did you deal with it? I would enjoy hearing your insight on this! Thanks so much again and hope to see a new post soon :D

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    1. Jenn this is a great idea for a post and I will definitely add it to the list of posts to come!

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  7. I'm not in med school, but I find these posts fascinating and inspiring. :) xoxox
    Yessi

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  8. Hi! I'm a new reader - I'm in first year med at a compressed 3-year program in Canada, so I'll be starting clerkship sooner than I want to think about, haha. I really enjoy your posts but especially liked this one - without doing electives on different services it's hard to know what the day-to-day is like, so I love reading about your typical day!

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  9. Hi, Laura. I was wondering if you could give advice on how to get involved in doing research and the best ways to get clinical experience (i.e. shadowing a physician) as an undergraduate? I would love and appreciate any advice you have to offer.

    I can't even begin to describe just how much I appreciate these Medical School Monday posts. They've been so helpful to me. So, thank you very much for taking the time to do these posts.

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  10. It seems from a lot of medschool-related posts that you don't sleep 8 hours. Did you always need less sleep than average or have you learned to cope through the years?

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    1. Hi Nora! I think I figured out in college that I could get by decently on 4-6 hours of sleep, so I went with it. So sort of a mix between maybe needing less/just accepting that less was the only way to get things done sometimes.

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  11. I'm not in the medical field but I still enjoy reading your posts. I enjoy the personal account of what goes on in the life of a medical student, or any student for that matter.

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  12. I so appreciate these kinds of insights and the fact that you make time to share bits and piece of your life with the world .. what a gift.

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  15. This is so cool. You motivate me more than you know. My life is a little bit of everywhere right now. How to you make your timelines like this, an app or something.

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