It has been a while since the
Today marks the official end of
my first month as a doctor…challenging & amazing!
Fourth year of med school was one
of the most exciting time of my med school career. Once I made the decision to
pursue a career in internal medicine, I had to pick my ideal place with an
excellent training program, good people and of course better weatherJ !I traveled
from Ann Arbor to Denver, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Chapel Hill, Atlanta,
St Louis and Nashville. Had so much fun on the way…seeing new places, meeting
people and trying local foods and beverages. After travelling to all these
places, I came down to one tough choice at the end…to leave or not to leave Ann
Arbor..my home away from home. I have grown to absolutely love Ann Arbor…from
my fond memories as undergrad to the challenging times as a med student,
Michigan has been a great place of growth and maturity.
As the end of February was approaching,
I had to make my choices. It was becoming
clear to me that it was time for me to get out of my comfort zone or maybe also
go to a place with better wintersJ I finalized my rank list putting
Vanderbilt at the top; although deep inside I would have been happy to either
stay at Michigan or move to Nashville.
After anxiously waiting for three
long weeks, I found out that I was going to be a resident at Vanderbilt University
Medical Center starting July 1, 2012. I don’t think there is a phrase that can
capture the emotion that med students feel on match day. I for one was very
grateful, felt blessed and ecstatic. I laid all my worries about what the future
holds to rest for that day and just enjoyed the moment.
Things moved pretty quickly after
that. I had to start planning for my parents’ arrival for graduation and of
course my move to Nashville. It was a busy, yet exciting time. Both my parents,
all of my uncles, aunts and cousins came from various places to celebrate
graduation. I cannot describe my parents’ joy and pride at the graduation
ceremony. My father couldn’t stop taking pictures of me and my mom would tell
everyone to call me Doctor Fasika J …puts a smile on my face whenever I recall
Fast forward two months, and here
I am after completing my first month as a doctor at Vanderbilt. It’s amazing
how much there is still to learn about medicine. The more patients I see the
more I realize how hard I have to work. Bottom line, the journey will continue
and I hope that on the way I will grow to love and cherish medicine even more!