I watch my husband walk out the door, dressed in bright green scrubs (surprisingly they are long enough for his 6’4” frame). It is 8pm. He is needed for surgery and won’t return until hours later. Welcome to MS3, the year where the letters M.D. are on the horizon.
In the third year, Matt completes his core clinical rotations. These are required and gives the med-student a chance to see all the different specialties – Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, etc.
Of course all the rotations aren’t in one geographic spot, they are all over. Thankfully I was able to keep my marketing job, work 100% remotely, and move my life from place to place. The flexibility to be at home is wonderful – even those few minutes in between surgeries or study sessions, I get to sneak in a kiss or an “I love you.”
Currently we are in Georgia, where Matt has completed Family Medicine, OB/GYN, and now the Surgery rotation. After Pediatrics in Atlanta, he will be headed to Michigan and then Oklahoma. Each respective rotation varies in length too. One could be six weeks, one could be twelve. It depends.
After the core rotations Matt will take the USMLE Step 2, a grueling 9 hour testing session. I honesty have no idea how he does it. I was pretty much an emotional mess taking the SATs, which pales in comparison to the amount of information that needs to be retained for these exams. I have read some of the test questions – oof!
Due to my inquisative nature, I am hungry for information on the med-student to doctor progression. I have been reading a lot of blogs by students and doctors to help me understand the challenges that are ahead. The next big step is the match. Dun dun dun. Such a crazy and competitive method for disbursing new doctors into the working world. I just can’t comprehend that there aren’t enough spots for everyone?!
We have no idea were we will end up for his residency. It could literally be anywhere. The uncertainty only scares me a tiny bit. I know it won’t be forever. As long and I have my tall drink of water by my side, life is grand!
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