And now we’re in the final stretch of the last three months of intern year. Let’s talk about October. I was on 7 West—the other inpatient psychiatric ward. Our patients definitely kept us on our toes, and I have many memories and stories that I couldn’t make up even if I tried. Lots of learning took place.
Shout out to my PGY-2 buddy who kept me laughing! We had so much fun together this month, and I really appreciate the bonding that took place. I have gotten to know some co-residents that I really enjoy spending time with, and that makes residency so much better and more fun.
Don’t get me wrong—you won’t love everyone, and you won’t always enjoy working with everyone. But again, I’m going to revisit my previous statement—you learn the most when things are uncomfortable. And that couldn’t be truer.
I had back to back call weekends this month. No, it wasn’t the fault of anyone; it happened to be a choice I made. I really wanted to attend a board meeting that was important to me, so I was willing to switch my call weekends and take back to back call because I take my roles very seriously, and let’s be real, I love the Mississippi State Medical Association.
I’ll tell you though, having back to back call weekends is really rough, and fortunately, I had buddies for them. I was in some unique situations, and let’s just say, there was a lot of learning happening. All in all, no matter what your schedule and time allotment—intern year is just tough.
You’re constantly being asked questions you don’t have the answer to. COVID-19 doesn’t make things easier. I miss many of my friends I don’t ever get to see. I miss getting time to travel to conferences and meetings and reuniting with people I care about. It can be a lot. But the coolest part is getting to learn your trade and be a great doctor to your patients. That experience can’t be traded. I’ll keep on keepin’ on—in the meantime, happy fall y’all!