Hello there! It’s your favorite PA student from Sunny SoCal. Sorry for the lack of installments, this student is officially PGY2! Which means clinical rotations. Yes, you read that right, this girl survived her first year of PA school and her first clinical rotation which I will be discussing in this post. A girl is one step closer to becoming a
Faceless Man PA.
As you probably could have imagined from the title, my first rotation was in Texas. I made the long journey driving from the Inland Empire to Houston, Texas without the accompaniment of a Dothraki Horde or dragons. After much trepidation from being in a foreign land, (I have never seen so many cowboy hats and boots in my life) I fell completely in love with Houston.
Also, I’ve been listening to Mi Gente featuring Beyoncé on repeat. She’s got a part in there about Houston and it’s awesome.
But back to the gross stuff. My first day, I was terrified. I was terrified of messing up, terrified of maybe potentially killing someone, and terrified of letting myself and my program down. But in the words of the greatest water dancer of Westeros, “Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
Or in this case, scalpels. After getting over my fears, I was ok. I have learned so much while rotating at the Medical Center. The most exciting part for me personally has been seeing all the things I’ve only read about in Robbins and applying that knowledge to real life. I saw sclerosing adenosis in a breast! I can identify that grossly now! I’ve seen vegetations in heart valves from Libman-Sacks! I know the classic gross appearance of renal cell carcinoma! I can go on and on about what I’ve seen and learned but I would probably bore everyone to death.
Another thing I’ve gathered from my experience at my first clinical rotation is that I have a better understanding of what kind of work environment I would like to be in. Rotating in an academic hospital has made me realize that I really enjoy working with residents. I also enjoy the complexity and variability of the specimens. There is also so much opportunity to hone your skills and add to your resume.
The most important thing I’ve come to conclude however, is that I love this field. I can’t imagine myself doing anything else. I looked forward going to the gross room every single day and I would wake up wondering what weird, gross and wonderful thing awaited me that day. I am so grateful I’ve found my niche, and I can honestly say going to PA school has been the best decision I have ever made in my life. Because of this, I’ve also built up my confidence. I know now more than ever I will be a great PA one day with hard work, time, and application of my studies.
To Pam, Leah, Kristine, Jen, Frank, Lessie, Shinika, Tiffany and all the people I had the pleasure of rotating with: if you’re reading this thank you so much for making this first rotation so enjoyable and amazing!