Today was filled with firsts:
This morning we began a new module. We’re studying cardiology and I’m excited to finally focus on a specific organ system. It’s only the first day, so other than being a little overwhelmed, I feel OK about navigating the new territory. What I’m most excited about re: this module is acquiring my cardiovascular exam skills, so that I will know exactly what I’m listening for next time I approach a patient with my stethoscope. (It turns out, you shouldn’t hear “the ocean.” That description is apropos only when cupping your hand to your ear, not while placing your stethoscope near the heart.)
Today was my first day in scrubs! It’s weird to think I’ve never worn them before, but I swear I haven’t—not even for Halloween. It has been one of those things that I’ve been waiting to do until I participated in an activity that actually required them. I got my first pair this morning from the scrubs machine and put them on before this evening’s activity. I was so excited to finally feel the feeling of scrubs against my skin that I squealed a little bit. Every day it seems like I experience something like putting on scrubs for the first time that makes me feel a little bit more like a medical professional.
This evening was filled with procedural firsts as I attended an event put on by the emergency medicine group. Throughout the 12 stations I got to try many things for the first time: I performed a crichothyrotomy on a pig trachea, sutured a pig’s foot, started an IV line in a fake-yet-lifelike arm, intubated a mannequin and for the first time ever I drew blood from a real, live human being—that’s right, I drew blood from a classmate, and I even hit the vein on my very first try!
Overall, today was a very successful day of firsts and the best part is that even after all of the new things I tried, I’m looking forward to the days ahead filled with seconds, thirds, fourths, fifths etc. even more.