2013 was a great year, and 2014 will definitely have its ups, downs, lefts, and rights. I know I talked about my upcoming block last blog, but I want to outline the whole of 2014, or at least what I know so far. Talking about the Step 1 exam has been done to death by me, and there will be much more to say, so all I will say on that subject in this blog is there will be much studying for the next 6 months.
Travel will be my time to relax and there are several trips on the horizon. I discussed the upcoming Mammoth ski trip, Carmel research conference and San Diego race. Following those I will venture to New Orleans, Louisiana for the AMSA national conference to represent the UCLA chapter. Then, the next trip will be to Thailand following my Step 1 exam. Having this trip scheduled for immediately after my exam will increase my will to focus hard on my studies. The third year rotations will soon take up all my free time and the only guaranteed break I will have left in 2014 is two weeks off for the winter holidays. I will head home to Minnesota, then possibly another ski trip with some friends.
My education and studies will change with the seasons. Following Psychiatry will be our last block containing Cardiology, Pulmonology and Nephroology. This is a long 9-week block but it tends to be most people’s favorite. We then have 6 weeks off to study for the Step 1 exam and then third year begins. I hope to begin with my internal medicine rotation because it will be difficult, but I will learn a lot. Studies will then shift to the national shelf exams and trying to achieve honors in my rotations.
Lastly, extracurricular wise, I will be working towards publishing any or all of my 4 research projects. The Rememprov paper will be finished soon and submitted for publishing; data are being analyzed for the neurosurgery and motivation projects. During third year, I will still work on the emergency medicine project trying to increase shared decision making in the emergency department. I just bought a bike for commuting to rotations, and this blog will keep going all the way to July. That’s my 2014 year in preview. Hope you all have a great one planned as well.