After my family medicine rotation ended, I was lucky to embark on two weeks of vacation. I spent the first week working at camp. I’ve attended the same camp every summer since I was seven years old and I’ve worked as a counselor at my camp for the past eight years. When I was planning my third year schedule, I made special note of when I could take my two week vacation and worked hard to make it align with the camp schedule. Fortunately, my two week break coincided with the last week of camp – finale week – so I was able to squeeze in one week of work. My wonderful, patient boss managed to place me with my longtime group, the Hummingbirds. The Hummingbirds are four and five year old boys and girls entering preschool and kindergarten. They are easily my favorite group to work with because they are curious and spontaneous (often with amusing results). It was great fun to work with them again and I was able to share in some excellent activities including the banana boat and the annual Color War. I’m so glad that I could arrange my schedule to allow some time at camp because it is, and has always been, a truly rejuvenating place for me.
After camp ended, I went to Syracuse to attend the New York State Fair with my family. We did all the traditional activities like eating odd foods, visiting newborn calves, and picking up free pens and pencils at all the promotional booths. The weather was perfect, not too hot, and we all had a lot of fun.
For the second week of vacation, I took it a little more slowly. It was good to have some time to rest! I was fortunate to be able to get to the beach four times over the course of my vacation. The beach is one of my favorite spots to visit while I’m home because when I’m in Albany I miss having the ocean so readily available for recreation. I made sure to take a lot of pictures!
I had a very relaxing vacation, but now it’s time to gear up for my next clerkship: surgery. I’m a little nervous because the days are going to be much longer than I’ve experienced so far in family med. It’s also a little intimidating because I don’t feel like I really know anything about surgery, whereas I felt like I had a pretty solid body of knowledge coming into family med. I know I have a lot to learn. It will be good to get started! Wish me luck!