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.
It certainly isn't hard to think of things I need to work on:
- Setting time aside to read and make notes.
- Getting more out of the cases I see.
- Following through on research stuff.
- Getting to work before 8 am. Not at 8:03 am. (Why is this so so hard??).
But to be fair (to myself), there are also some things I can now do
- Going through the motions of consultations, follow ups, etc.
- Feeling more comfortable with call stuff.
- Contributing to the residency program.
- Being helpful to visiting medical students.
Overall, things are going well. Third year is really a good place to be; you're becoming more competent, but expectations are not yet too high. Something I'm especially grateful for this year is having a little office to work in. The residents have a bit of space in the cancer centre's basement and since our program has shrunk over the years, there was an extra office when our PGY-5 graduated. At first I petitioned to stay in the main residents' room because I didn't want to be isolated from the others, but honestly, moving into an office has let me focus so much better. And I got to decorate it a little bit -- here's how it looks:
|vase from Michaels, hydrangea from Dollarama, & clock from Ikea|
|fake fern for West Coast vibes|
|Ikea lamp that I found on Kijiji for $5|