i have today off! and then there's only 3 more days to vascular, i'm on call tomorrow too. then it's off to the SICU. it's been a fun and long month, really tiring, but certainly worth it. got to do a lot of things...amputate legs, sew a lot of skin, play with wires. i can certainly see how vascular is a fun specialty. granted, everyone's old and sick and won't stop smoking, but as long as people don't stop smoking, then you'll always have a job. plus, the disease process that affects their arteries will never completely stop, so you'll get a lot of repeat customers. (just looking at things from a business perspective...ha.) but if you have a patient that can't walk 2-3 minutes without having major bad cramping pain in their legs, and you fix it for them so that they can walk, AMAZING. i can't imagine how it feels to get a basic function of your life back. or if you're in chronic debilitating pain from a non-healing sore, and we can fix that for you, awesome. so i haven't completely scratched off vascular as a potential career choice, but i still love CT and then there's all those other fields of surgery i haven't been able to play with either...
applications go out sept 1, as in THIS COMING UP WEDNESDAY. omg. this weekend i need to assign my personal statement, transcript, letters of rec, photo...EVERYTHING to all my zillion programs i'm applying to. i'm debating one last rec letter...so far i have 3, and will ask for a fourth, but it's the fifth one that i'm debating. but i might not. most programs only need 3, and sometimes a fourth. i don't think i've seen any that want 5, but i guess it's possible. i need to get my photo taken for ERAS, haven't done it yet, but will do it on monday when i'm post call and looking extra crappy. today i'm going to look at some suits to get an idea of what i want. my lovely mom sent me suit money in the mail! yay!
also, i just really hope i get into a university-based residency (vs. community based one with no med students). i really want to teach the young'ins. i have to admit i'm a bit anxious about the whole process, based on my record and all. but someone told me recently that it looks good that i "finished strong". granted, would rather have a student who was strong the whole way through, but the fact that i've improved the way i have shows a lot. i sure do hope so. i hope that i'm a more competitive applicant than i think i am and all this worrying will be for naught. well, i do need to worry, but i hope that i get 10-15 interviews. none of that "i'm canceling this one because i'm tired" nonsense. cross that bridge once i get there, i suppose.
well, today i'm going to be girly and look at suits. then i'm going to work on my application and obsess way too much over it. then i'll come home and drink a beer.