During this past week, only three things have stood between me and freedom: BLS, ACLS, and a research presentation. It’s crazy that this week is my last real week of true obligations. After this, it’s smooth sailing until graduation with certain award ceremonies and dinners to attend!
Since my residency program requires me to have both BLS/ACLS certification before arriving, I started off the week with a four-hour class to renew my expired Basic Life Support (BLS) certification. It was four hours of adult, child, and infant CPR pretty much. Straight after that, I went into a two-day course focused on Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) certification. Although I was comfortable with BLS, ACLS was a whole other level of intensity. The instructors were all EMTs and nurses who emphasized a low stress learning environment, but even still, I was worried that I wouldn’t pass! The two-day course made me realize that the fourth year sink is a real thing because I had to re-learn how to recognize certain rhythms and how to decide what drug should be used in certain scenarios. Luckily, we went through rounds and rounds of practice codes and I passed! Real code situations will be the real test and I do hope to keep my cool during them and follow the algorithms closely.
On top of all these certifications, I had to prepare for my research presentation. My partner and I have been working on this project for most of this past year and we wanted to be able to concisely summarize our findings in a clear and distinct manner. Although we hit some snags in terms of scheduling time to practice, we were able to pull it off and even got comments on how we were able to talk through the presentation and not just read off notes. We were so excited to be recognized as one of the top three projects!
Now, onto the days of laziness and free time!