by Lorien E. Menhennett

ChampagneI have two photos to share. First, the bottle of brut cava I just bought to put in my refrigerator for tomorrow. Not that I need an excuse to drink bubbly, but this is for a momentous occasion—to mark the end of my first year of medical school. I’m not quite there yet; I’ll be done in 24 hours. With all the hurdles I’ve have had to overcome to get here, finally finishing my first year—not only intact, but truly thriving—is surreal.

Rotation scheduleThe other photo, and another reason to celebrate: in February of 2017, I will begin my medical “clerkships.” This is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. They send us out of the classroom and into the hospital to work with real patients (*gulp*). This photo is of my clerkships schedule, which I received yesterday. This will be my life, from February of 2017 to January of 2018: OB/GYN (6 weeks) → Primary care (6 weeks) → Psychiatry (6 weeks) → Surgery (8 weeks) → Anesthesiology (2 weeks) → Open elective time (2 weeks) → Neurology (4 weeks) → Internal Medicine (8 weeks) → Pediatrics (6 weeks).

Whew! So exciting. So much to learn. One day at a time …