It’s been a while! We have just finished our cardiovascular and respiratory sequence, which had some great lecturers and activities. My favorite part of learning about the cardiovascular system was our Clinical Foundations of Medicine sessions. We got to finally get some use out of our stethoscopes and learned how to do cardiac exams. We also learned how to distinguish murmurs and other heart sounds. Our instructor, Dr. Lash, even gave us a special award if we could correctly identify a certain number of sounds in a row. It was great to begin to develop skills that I will be using later on!
Outside of school, I have had some great opportunities to explore different career options. I was able to shadow a pediatric neurologist, which seems to be a really rewarding career due to the variety of cases and longitudinal nature of the field. I also had the chance to spend an afternoon with a reproductive endocrinologist, which is a side of obstetrics and gynecology that I had not known much about. I am exploring Ob/Gyn more through an experience offered by the Family Medicine Interest Group where you accompany a patient to her prenatal visits and attend the delivery. I am really looking forward to this opportunity. Beyond clinical experiences, I have been to the Ob/Gyn Interest Group and OutMD student-faculty dinners, which is a great way to connect with faculty and learn about their careers. It has been a busy month, but one filled with increasing clinical and career knowledge!