So yesterday I updated my Facebook TL with the latest news regarding my practice(see pic). It's been about 3 months with my company & for the most part I have been bouncing around at different partners' offices covering for their vacations & or learning the ropes of an outpatient physician. I figured I'd let my Facebook family know first that I was going to be opening up soon given that a few had been asking about it since I graduated residency. After almost 150 Facebook notifications, many phone calls & text messages I was floored with the amount of praise I received. I had family, childhood friends, former residents & attendings offering congratulations & Ill admit via this blog (not in person tho) that I got a little teary eyed. I've never been one to take for granted my accomplishments but I can admit that I have been so busy actually working on these goals that I forget to actually celebrate them when they come. I am extremely thankful for all of my friends & family who have been as instrumental in getting me here than I am(Way to many to mention). You are what drives me to stay up late reading/studying when I should be in bed or go the extra mile for my patients.
I have been noticeably absent from my blog writing duties but with good reason. After graduation from residency it took about 2 weeks before it hit me that my board exams were around the corner. Not having to study for boards since PGY1, it took a week(or 2) to shake off the rust before trying to get in form for intensive studying. Having to juggle the duties of my new job & past responsibilities was tough but I have been here before so making it work was just something I had to make work. I'll be knee deep in the test when this blog goes live so wish me & my other dream team luck. Hopefully we won't need to much of it.
I'll be back to regularly posting next week, lots to talk about.
After the spending last year atop the mountain as the senior resident the tables have again flipped as I start out a new chapter in my life as an attending. I've have spent the better part of the last two weeks getting acquainted with new colleagues in the practice as well as new EMR systems in both the hospital & outpatient clinics. The best thing about this go around is that the patients don't look as me as this student/resident when I get introduced so there isn't that awkward couple of minutes where they're deciding whether they won't to let me in the exam room as well. Being the new guy definitely has its perks because I am allowed to be a little "slow" in the beginning & ask as many questions I can as I am getting used to the outpatient setting. All the partners in the group are very nice & approachable & one even went to Columbia Hospital for his internship(and of course like almost everyone who goes thru Columbia he asked about Dr. Dinosaur). For now I am going to be juggling this new attending status, learning who are my new go specialist in the community while studying for my board exam in a few months.
What seemed like an eternity has finally come to fruition..
I'm going to save all the praises due to people that helped get me through hell for the next blog.
By the time this goes live online, I will have about three days left of residency & with officially two more night shifts to go EVER. The light at the end of the tunnel has never been this bright. I remember starting this journey 3 years ago thinking it would never come & now things are moving so fast I barely have time to remember what happened. As the last of the seniors to finish I can't wait to hand in my pager, name badge & monthly paper work for the last time. I probably am going to leave my white coat there as well just solidify the transformation from resident to attending.