i finally got my schedule for next year, and so intern year has officially become Reality. on june the 28th, i now have a place that i am supposed to be, and a role that i am supposed to be filling. and (drumroll, please) . . . that place, of course, happens to be the place i most fear of all places in the hospital: the NICU.
however, this is not as bad as it sounds. for one, i'm not assigned to the main NICU (or as some refer to it, the "real" NICU). i will actually be at our community hospital, and the NICU there is actually really just an 'acute care nursery', and the sickest, smallest most alien-like babies do not reside there. i actually think it will be a decent chance to learn some NICU-related skills without the stress of babies dangling over the edges of the balcony of life, and -- get this -- there is no call or work on weekends on this rotation! i can ease my way into intern year this way, right? less shock to the system.
the minus side is that i've never worked in this community hospital and so i am going to be as disoriented as everyone else my first month, despite having spent the past 5 years at this place. oh well.
other recent developments:
• i have had some recent shopping success! i am now the proud owner of 4 very pretty new shirts and one new uberfeminine/stylish short-sleeved jacket. i am still on the lookout for more work-friendly shirts, one pair of wear-everywhere jeans, and some comfortable yet professional shoes with heels. i am finally ready to not dress like a 16 year old! so exciting.
• the rest of my schedule actually made me very happy. only 6 months of true q4 (every 4th night call) -- definitely on the nicer side as intern years go. in sum total, i have 5 ward months (2 general, 2 hem/onc, and one cardiology), 1 "real" NICU month, 1 "fake" NICU month (ie, what i start on), 2 elective months (one in ID and another in rheumatology), 2 same-day clinic months (where i am guaranteed to get sick as parents bring in their kids with the sniffles) and 1 month in the full-term nursery. i also get 3 weeks of vacation (in sync with josh!) plus 6 days off around january 1st. really, it could be much, much worse.
• i got an NC driver's license! all the answers to the test were on this website. thanks to jay (whoever you are), i even got 100%.
• i'm headed on a road trip to williamstown (via charlottesville) tomorrow for my college reunion. i really can't believe it's been 5 years.