How is it possible I’ve just begun my last rotation of my third year of medical school?!
While the fourth-year students at my school are ending their years with vacation and fun elective rotations post-Match Day and pre-graduation, second-year students are finishing their final exams and heading into USMLE Step 1 of Boards studying, the first-year students are nearing the end of their second semester; and I’ve started internal medicine, the last clerkship of the year. The rotation is a long one (12 whopping weeks long, over a month longer than my surgery and pediatrics rotation and TWICE as long as my family medicine, OB/GYN, and psychiatry rotations!), I picked Medicine to end the year on somewhat strategically: I had heard from a lot of upperclassmen that ending on Medicine sets you up nicely for Step 2 studying.
At my school, our Internal Medicine experience is made up of two four-week inpatient blocks and one four-week outpatient block. I’ll be starting my first four weeks of inpatient Medicine at Albany Med, heading west to Cooperstown, New York (about an hour and fifteen minutes west of Albany) for my next four weeks of inpatient Medicine at Bassett Hospital, and finally ending my year on four weeks of outpatient Medicine in Glens Falls, about an hour and a half north of Albany. While I’ll be away from the comforts of home most of the three months, I’m excited to explore new cities (running in new places is one of my favorite things to do!), get to know new populations of patients, and learn from a variety of preceptors and staff. I’ve heard great things about all of my placements, and it should be a fun few months!
Medicine has a reputation for being a grueling rotation, but I’m excited for what lies ahead in these next 12 weeks!