February 1, 2013
rat in a maze
Our training is being in the constant state of just when you're starting to get comfortable and get the hang of things, they rip you out and throw you into a new place where you start all over again. During the third year, we change assignments every 3-4 weeks. So I'm at one hospital for 4 weeks doing Internal Medicine. By the start of the fourth week, I'll feel like I'm really hitting my stride. That's when I'll be moved over to a different hospital with a different attending with a different electronic medical record (EMR) with a different patient population. It's basically like starting and getting evaluated at a new job every 4 weeks. Rat in a maze, indeed.