“That’s the ol’ 1st year spirit.”

I had my clerkship today, but the doctor I follow never showed up.  So I was just sitting in the shared doctor offices awkwardly while important people milled past – no one even knew I was supposed to be there.

My first instinct was to just leave – it seemed like the smart thing to do as far as time-management goes – but then I remembered that I actually like seeing patients, so I found a Physician’s Assistant I vaguely knew, introduced myself again, and asked her if I could follow her for a few hours.

It was awesome.  Lots of allergies and NSAID-related issues – both of which we covered in pharmacology already – so it was almost like I knew things.  In fact, I’m pretty sure I now have exactly enough information on those two subjects to be dangerous:  enough that I think I know things, but not enough to know exactly how much I don’t know yet.

You know, despite all of my complaining about early clinical experience, I really don’t mind the experience part of it.  I guess I just mind the idea that we have to sit around and talk about it in small groups.  (I think sharing your feelings is healthy – but doing it in a contrived small group session with a random selection of classmate awakens my inner rebellious teenage spirit.  I have to literally remind myself not to be sullen about sitting there and talking about how to ask open-ended questions.  Other people don’t have this problem, so I think I’m just a whiner.)

Anyway, I’m glad I stuck around.  A friend told me that sticking around for an entire afternoon means I haven’t lost my cute 1st year optimism yet, so hey – good news!  I may be all grouchy and cynical about “feelings” and “reflection” in small groups, but my idealism is apparently still alive.

4 thoughts on ““That’s the ol’ 1st year spirit.”

  1. Ya, that enthusiasm dies pretty quick 🙂

    And +1 to Fizzy; once you get even halfways decent, you want to be out there yourself. Even if you make mistakes, better you learn firsthand.

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