I was just reading back through a post I wrote months ago, prior to beginning this year of clinical rotations, where I said, “I will blog about my clinical rotations”… what a joke.
In recent months I’ve completed a 10-week sub acute rotation at the VA Hospital in Biloxi, and most recently a 12-week outpatient rotation here in Birmingham. I have learned SO much, and life feels like it’s moving very fast. Only one long-term affiliation stands between me and graduation.
This past weekend the boy finished his Master’s degree at Vanderbilt and is officially a Nurse Practitioner. We also know that he will be attending COT (Commissioned Officers Training) in October and that we’ve been given a tentative assignment to Wright-Patternson AFB. It is all very surreal, when you consider the number of major life changes that are happening all around us.
I’ve currently got two weeks break before I start my final rotation in Pensacola, and I am LOVING the down time.
Click on the “Aug 2013 Update” item in the right column to see charts comparing the data for 2012 vs 2013. Please note that I update the graphs only once every few months, so the spreadsheet below will always have more up-to-date data.
Some folks may be getting to this page without necessarily coming from the SDN website. If so, you may be interested in this thread about the salaries of new grads and the future of the profession; there is also a link to the survey, if you haven’t already taken it: http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=931151
Here is a very good discussion on how to negotiate your salary. One person was inspired to negotiate his/her offer by looking at the results of this survey, and was successful in bringing the offer up from $70K-$75K to $75K-$80K. Congratulations!
Clinical Rotation Update: I’m at the VA hospital in Biloxi, MS in the middle of my 4th of 10 weeks. The setting is really more long-term neuro rehab then acute care like I was expecting So pleasantly pleased by this! … Continue reading →
…you know, vacationing and stuff. Since I last posted we’ve enjoyed the holidays. They were beautiful, wonderful, and not long enough. Sunny mastered the frisbee. B and I discovered Game of Thrones (obsessed). I’ve devoured 5,000 pages of Westeros goodness … Continue reading →
I’m officially finished with my 2nd year of PT school. That is to say, I am essentially through the solely academic portion of the program. I will never have to take another final or practical again. I’m going to repeat that, … Continue reading →
School has been CRAZY.This week we had a pop quiz in musculoskeletal, a handful of assignments, a manual skills check, and a massive neuro midterm. Favorite classmate status following the midterm: “Current status: Ranchos Los Amigos Level IV” That is … Continue reading →
Less daunting then a practical but still no joke, the Skills Check! We’ve got one coming up. Oh boy! 😦 Half of the class is scheduled for this Wednesday, and the rest of us are scheduled for next week. I’m in … Continue reading →
I love words. I really do. But not all words are created equal. You know the ones I’m talking about. Some words just make you queasy, and I could live (very happily) without them.
A special shout out to Wound Care for introducing me to 4/10 words featured on this list! Not only do they ‘feel wrong’ when you say them but the actual definition is just as stomach churning. (If you google the corresponding images, it can’t be unseen, you have been warned.)
This is, by no means, an exhaustive list 🙂
2. Slough (Ewww…)
4. Sphincter (Particularly if pronounced ‘phincter. Ugh.)
6. Eschar or Escharotomy
8. Plinth(lets get real, you mean table)
9. Dysdiadochokinesia(not because it’s detestable , just because no matter how many times I say it, I sound like I’m a four year old- Dys..dysdiado…cho…chokinesia! do we really need that many syllables?)
Bonus: Any food word used to describe a wound. Just don’t.
The semester is now in full swing with one skills check-out down and an exam next week. I’ve been considering my ever growing stack of textbooks, and more specifically, where to put them. Continue reading →