Monday, February 20, 2017

Life This Week: Grande Prairie, Babies, Food, & The Namesake

It's been a productive week, the main accomplishment being getting our abstracts submitted for the annual radiation oncology conference; a last-minute hustle, as always. Fortunately we've had a long weekend (Family Day) to recuperate. Weather-wise we had a taste of spring (15 °C!), which was more muddy and puddle-y than anything, and now winter's making a comeback. Here are things I've appreciated in the past 7 days:

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Cinnamon Rolls (An Attempt)

Cinnamon rolls remind me of medical school. One of our classmate's husbands would often appear between lectures with trays of still-warm homemade cinnamon rolls for everyone in the class. That gooey deliciousness set the cinnamon roll bar pretty high, and is, I think, in part why I've never attempted to make them myself.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Life This Week: Ronald McDonald House, Zen, & Donation Drive Wrap

Gosh PGY-3 is flying by! This week I spent a day in snowy Calgary for a meeting and hustled with data to meet next week's abstract deadlines. Everyone's a little stressed right now with those abstracts, myself included -- but I'm really trying to not let research be all-consuming, since it will, as a rule, expand to fill all available time if you let it. To that end, here are some other things I've appreciated in the past week:

Monday, January 30, 2017

Life This Week: Cake, Wheat Garden, & A Cheapo Car Mirror Fix

This week started off a little crummy, as I was post-call, slipped on ice, and had a minor crisis about all the stuff I needed to get done. But things turned around on Wednesday. I delegated a little bit to my co-residents (which I never do because it feels bossy). And I realized that if certain things didn't get done (video for the med students applying to our residency program) it wasn't the end of the world. The rest of the week ended up really great; here are some things I appreciated:

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Best Laid (Study) Plans

Holy kamoley there's a lot to learn in residency. And not a whole lot of time to study. I start each rotation with all sorts of study aspirations but invariably studying ends up taking a back seat to just about everything else. Not good.

This rotation I've been making more of an effort to study better, and have the beginnings of a system. Here's what I've been doing...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Life This Week: Calgary, Red Deer, Edmonton

Residency's gotten busy and I know my blog is suffering. I hate to just post these once weekly reviews without any useful content, but at the same time I do like having them to document life. So apologies, here's a lousy one with all of two photos (all that's on my phone since returning from vacation):

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Life This Week: Royal BC Museum, BC Legislature, & Chinatown

After a wonderful vacation in Victoria I headed back to Edmonton this week. It's rather warm now, which is nice, but means that the gigantic (like 15-lb) icicles that form on the pipes on the outside of my building have been falling down -- loudly enough to wake me up at night. Also, talk about hazardous!

This was the final week of my GU/CNS/peds oncology rotation, and a particularly exciting one as one of our residents had twins (!). There's been a baby boom in our program, with our PGY-4 and -5 now on mat leave. They're doing amazing, and it's so much fun to visit with the babies.

Here are some things I appreciated last weekend, towards the end of my visit to Victoria:

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Forest & Beach

Happy New Year! I'm lucky to be back on the Island this week to visit my parents and sister. It's been the best time; just lazy, cosy, and relaxing. We've sat in front of the fire with rum and eggnog, had a turkey dinner, watched movies, read books, and gone on walks.
New Year's morning

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone is having a nice holiday season. I've been having a great week, despite spending a bunch of it at work. Working over the holidays is actually quite lovely; the cancer centre is especially warm and welcoming with Christmas garland, treats from patients and staff, and elves handing out candy canes (we have some amazing volunteers).
brightening up the basement

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Halfway Through Residency

I realized last week that the end of this month marks the halfway point in my 5-year residency. That's craziness! I couldn't even tell you where the past 2.5 years have gone.

I feel like I've hardly scratched the surface of all the stuff there is to learn. But then again, it's been 2.5 years, so I must have learned some stuff? It's actually hard to tell. Residency is so focused on the day-to-day tasks, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture.