A post about medical school (say what?)

Past due, I'm sure, but hey, shaking countless toys in front of our (almost) 7 week old's face takes priority these days ;)  I figure Medical Monday is the perfect time for this catch up post. 

My husband is now a fourth year medical student!  He completed his final third year rotation through family medicine when Liam was a week and a half old.  I had been (rightly) quite concerned about how flexible the school would be with "paternity leave."  It turns out they are not flexible at all ;)  We had Liam on a Wednesday around 10pm, left the hospital at noon on Friday, and my husband was back at his doc's office by 1pm on Friday.  Oh, and he worked the next day on Saturday too.  Rumor has it that he nodded off during a particularly boring patient history, but there's no evidence to confirm that ;)  

With third year completed and behind us, fourth year is in full swing.  Like many of his classmates, my husband took his first rotation to study for and take his Step 2 boards.  I could write another rant about the cost of boards, but I'll spare you.  Just know that it's ridiculously expensive (>$1k) for no foreseeable reason.  

Step 2 is a two part exam - half clinical skills (CS), half clinical knowledge (CK).  CS came first for my husband, where he traveled to Chicago (CS is only available to take in Chicago, Atlanta, LA, Houston and Philadelphia - hopefully you don't have to buy a plane ticket in addition to paying for your test!) to face 12 simulated patients, having 15 minutes to interview and examine each patient, followed by 10 minutes to write up their differential diagnosis.  His test ran from 3p-11p, and hey, that's Chicago time, not Michigan time!  Someone should have mentioned that to exhausted new parents.  At least they are an hour behind us...CK was here in town.  It's a glorious nine hour exam of 352 questions that slowly wreck your brain.  Don't worry though, they do give you thirty minutes worth of breaks.  

The exciting thing about having Step 2 behind us?  There are exactly ZERO more tests for my husband to take in medical school.  How crazy is that?!   Until Step 3 rolls around (likely after his first year of residency), he is done with tests!

Now my husband has officially started his first rotation of fourth year - emergency medicine, which he would currently tell you is his second choice for residency options...subject to change at any given moment.  The bummer about this rotation?  It's technically an away rotation, being at a hospital about an hour away from home.  Totally commutable, but obnoxious.  Luckily for us, my parents live about half an hour from said hospital, so we'll be utilizing the bed, breakfast and baby holding services at Grandma & Grandpa's this month.  

There are definite obvious benefits to EM.  My husband is only scheduled for 14 working shifts for the month (though he still has five other days that he has to commute to the hospital for 3-4 hours of lecture without a working shift afterwards...obnoxious).  Also, it's shift work.  There are always doctors scheduled in emergency, so unless there is some catastrophe, being called in is less likely.  However.  The negative to that is the same as the positive - it's shift work.  Out of my husband's 14 shifts, nine of them are second shift, either 3-11p or 4p-12a.  One of them is an overnight 11p-7a (really shouldn't complain about only one!).  Four of them are weekend days.  He only has two day time 9-5 shifts that fall between Monday-Friday.  There will be a little man and a mama who really miss seeing their favorite fourth year med student for dinner.   

A tease of Liam's newborn photo shoot...eventually a post will come!
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