It’s 4pm, all I want to do is sleep, but it’s up and into the hurried routine of getting ready. Shower, eat, pack the lunch, devotions, and off to my OBGYN rotation here at Duke. My first two weeks have been on the labor and delivery floor at the hospital. I’m working nights for my second week of the rotation and the hours are long. Typically 12-14 hour days, but the experience has been amazing. I’ve already been part of 10 deliveries and 3 Cesarean Sections. My most exciting experience was assisting in the OR and being allowed to suture – finally putting into practice all of those long hours of our surgery course in first year and practice sessions with pig feet. It was a shaky beginning, literally, but it went surprisingly well.
This is my first rotation of second year and having the opportunity to start at Duke has been a great way to begin. I’ve already met and been mentored by an amazing group of people – attending physicians, fellows, and residents. They have been so generous with their time and teaching and I feel like I’ve already learned an amazing amount in just a short time. After finishing up my second week, then it’s onto outpatient clinics for two weeks to round out my rotation and of course, the end of rotation exam.
My life has been a blur leading up to PA school and continues to be. After having a career in Engineering and Management, I began to pursue a childhood dream of studying medicine. Temporarily leaving behind our house and life in Michigan, my wife and I moved to Durham. I have to say that at times I questioned that decision. There were some really difficult days during first year. One piece of advice for incoming students; be prepared to be pushed to your breaking point. I think everyone reaches that point for one reason or another. The good news is that you get through with the help of your classmates, friends, and family. I already know it’s been worth it because I’m being prepared exceptionally well for the rigors of the PA profession. I couldn’t be happier with my choice to pursue this profession and I enjoy telling others about it. Just today, a young patient asked me “what did you study in school to be able to do this?” By the end of our conversation, I helped her find the right people to discuss shadowing opportunities. Another convert!