When I left the hospital this afternoon, it marked the official completion of my intern year. My first year of residency is behind me – and now I move on to my position as a neurology resident. I’m so thankful to have had the most educational and stimulating internal medicine training imaginable within a year-long time period.
I am traveling to Portland, OR to take the United States Medical Licensing Exam, Step 3 on June 27-28th. It has been difficult finding the time and energy to study intensively for it, but I discovered from taking a practice exam this evening that my University of Washington medicine training has adequately prepared me for this. I have not performed any well-child exams or delivered any babies in at least two years, but c’est la vie. These questions seemed to be in the minority. Anyway, following my exam, I will return to Seattle, hang out with my mother (who has just returned from an Alaskan cruise and is spending a week with us), and then begin my second year of residency on July 3rd. July 3rd, incidentally, will mark the 16th anniversary of my rattlesnake bite. I cannot believe it has been sixteen years since that whole ordeal. (Does that make us old, Austin?)
Since I’m rambling about random things, I will note that it was 88 degrees in Seattle today, and despite the new air conditioning unit in our master bedroom, the condo was still quite hot this afternoon. We are supposed to reach the 90s tomorrow. This may not sound like much to South Carolinians, but WOW – when air conditioning is obscure one really takes notice.
Happy summer, everyone. To my MUSC classmates, congratulations on finishing your intern year. What a milestone! 8)