For my last two weeks of my Pediatrics rotation, I spent time working with five different doctors at an outpatient pediatrics clinic about an hour and a half north of my school.
Nearly all of my time during third year has been on campus at Albany Med, so it was nice to get away for a couple weeks and see how other offices outside of the hospital function. The clinic is in a more rural area than Albany and had a patient population with a large range of socioeconomic classes with half of the patients on Medicaid. But the thing I learned about peds is that kids are kids, no matter what their background! The same colds and aversions to getting stuck by needles were common to nearly all of the children we saw despite their differing genders, ages, family history, and social circumstances.
The large patient load and busy hours at the clinic constantly had me on my toes. I loved switching from doing a newborn visit on a five day old to taking a sexual history on a twenty year old to assessing for attention-deficit disorder in a second grader all within the span of a few hours. The doctors I worked with were fun and easy to work with and let me really work on my clinical skills. I found myself loving learning about the children’s developmental milestones and asking older children about school and improving on my history, physical exam, and oral presentation skills with each passing day.
My two weeks on outpatient peds were my favorite two weeks of third year so far! Who knows? Maybe I’m a future pediatrician in the making!