the rankings

April 12, 2007

top 5 overall clinical rotations of my med school experience — based on degree of learning, overall enjoyment, and lifestyle

5. adolescent medicine. it was never boring, and the hours were delicious, as it was for half-credit.

4. dermatology. i actually learned a lot and it was interesting and different.

3. psychiatry. again, never boring, great hours for a second year clerkship, and i loved the residents and attendings.

2. pediatrics sub-I. even while working hard, it went by so fast and i learned so much.

1. pediatric endocrinology! fabulous pretty much across the board.

bottom 5 overall clinical rotations of my med school experience — again, based on learning, overall enjoyment, and lifestyle

5. neuro (inpatient). what’s the point of localizing the stroke if there’s NOTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT?

4. gyn-onc. sad, poorly managed, and with horrendous hours.

3. family medicine. BOR-ING and plus i was living all alone at the beach . . . in february.

2. radiology. despite a sky-high lifestyle score, it is the most boring of any rotation, leading to its high placement on this list.

1. surgery. duh.


  • Reply Anonymous April 14, 2007 at 5:43 pm

    I'm glad I found your blog through justrun's. I'm a PT who sometimes wishes she went to Med school, but now I feel I can sometimes live vicariously through you – hope you don't mind. Sounds like you have had a great time in med school and will be a great doc I'm sure.

  • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 15, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    nicole, i've had some great times and some less great times 🙂 but it's definitely been interesting. i'm happy to move on, though!and also, sometimes i wish i did something else, too, something that wasn't quite so life-consuming and didn't require 80 hour work weeks in training. but i know i will be happy in my career when i'm finally done with all that, and i will probably be glad i did it.

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