The next couple of months are going to be hectic… and scary… and hopefully pretty amazing. After this week on Clin Path (which is still fantastic – today I went out to lunch and then cupcakes with friends and was done at 4pm!), I have a week of vacation. I’ll be driving to L.A. on Saturday morning to spend a few days with my wonderful husband before flying to Seattle with two of my closest friends in the world. I adore Seattle, and have a ton of friends there from when I lived there ages ago. I haven’t been in over a year and a half, so I am super excited! I’ll be in Seattle Tuesday-Saturday, then driving back to Sacramento from L.A. on Sunday.
Monday morning I start a two week CAPE rotation. CAPE is our Companion Exotic Animal Medicine & Surgery Service where all of the exotics and wildlife are seen. I’m really looking forward to it since it will be directly relevant to what I want to do. But I’m nervous – it’s notoriously a brutal rotation with extremely long days (like 16 hours +), tons of inpatients needing night and weekend treatments, and strict rules about record writing (they need to be novels). So I think I’ll learn a ton but be on the verge of a nervous breakdown at the end of the two weeks. But then! Another week of vacation! Drive down to L.A. again, and that Wednesday I’ll be flying to Baltimore to do my four week externship at Johns Hopkins! Aaahhh! It’s going to be amazing :)
It’s not all sunshine and roses, though. Residency application are due October 1st, and I have to find time to order a ton of transcripts, write a tons of essays, fill out applications, and secure letters of recommendation. I am very behind on all of those things. August is pretty much out with all of the traveling sandwiching a brutal rotation, which leaves last minute scrambling while I’m on externship. Also, I have not even started studying for boards, while a lot of my classmates are deep into studying schedules. Again, August is basically out, which means I won’t start until September for a test date in November or December. I’m starting to feel that there’s just no way I’ll be able to study and memorize enough to pass it. Which is pretty much the most debilitating thought ever. Yet here I am blogging. Not studying. I blame my lifelong tendency to procrastinate… but this is the one thing I should not be procrastinating about.
Anyway. Off to bed. I actually get 7-8 hours of sleep per night on this rotation! Craziness, but I’m not complaining and am taking fully advantage!