Summer Session and the Year to Come
I can’t believe that one year of grad school is already done. They weren’t kidding when they said that this program is accelerated; it goes by so quickly. I finished up with finals last week, had one week off, and now I’m starting up the first of two summer semesters. It kind of reminds me of when I used to do summer research at HC. You’d finish up with finals, move out, spend one or two weeks at home, and then move back in to start working on research. The schedule’s a little bit different now. I’ll have a seminar and an assessment class with an associated lab once a week at BC, and then the rest of my time will be divided up between MGH, my job at CVS, and studying for the NCLEX exam. Oh yeah, and I might actually try and enjoy at least a little bit of the summer. The MGH schedule is going to be interesting and is definitely going to take some time to get used to. I’ll be working 12 hour shifts there a few times a week on one of the pediatric floors. Half of the shifts will be 7 AM to 7 PM and the other half will be 7 PM to 7 AM. I’m not really worried about working the full day shifts; it’s the overnights that are new to me. However, I do consider myself to be a night person much more than a morning person so maybe it won’t be that bad.
We had a meeting today with the directors of the pediatric specialty for the master’s portion of our curriculum. They just wanted to update us on their work to find clinical placements for the 09-10 academic year as well as inform of us of all the paperwork that has to be in before September. Next year is different because generally you have three clinical placements that last the whole year. I’ll spend one day a week at each of the sites during both the fall and spring semesters. One faculty member sat down with each of us to go through the sites they’ve found so far and to discuss any issues or changes that may have come up since we last spoke. Apparently they have four possible sites lined up for me, two that would be year round, one that would be just for the fall, and one that would be just for the spring. They try to place you in three different settings, one being a regular general practice setting, so your typical pediatrician’s office, the second being in a specialty setting, for example in pediatric cardiology, and the third being in a school based clinic setting. It sounds like they’re trying to work on confirming my placement at each of the sites and by mid-July I should know for sure where I’ll be spending my year. I know I won’t be done with everything until this time next year, but in some sense I kind of already feel like I’m in the home stretch. I can’t get too far ahead of myself though, there’s still a lot of work to come.
Until later, Go Cross!