My first rotation of third-year was family medicine, and I loved it. I don’t know if it was the excitement of starting rotations, the fact that family medicine is a little bit of everything, or that I had a good mix of hospital and clinic hours…but it was amazing. I learned so much medicine and so much about what I want out of my future career.
I never saw myself doing peds, but I LOVED working with the kids and babies on family medicine. I don’t think I would give up treating adult patients…but I really do think that I want to treat kids throughout my career. Family medicine gives you a little bit of both…plus ob/gyn, which I am also very interested in.
My favorite part of my family medicine rotation was working in the hospital. The family medicine docs were in charge of looking at the entire person, from their heart to kidneys to bowel, and making sure that every treatment we gave them was helping them in every way that we could. It was so fun to consult cardiology and get an expert opinion, and then also look at other parts of the patient and making sure everything was adding up. It is a fun complex puzzle and I learned more in those two weeks than I ever thought I would in such a short amount of time.
Family medicine: you really are awesome. You set the bar high for every other rotation that I am going to do. I can’t wait to see where I’ll end up!