I had last week off from school to celebrate Thanksgiving and returned home to spend time with my family, eat delicious food and do some shopping. Prior to Turkey Day, I was reluctant to break up the relaxation period with schoolwork, so I didn’t hit the books much, studying just a little every other day. I got around to studying more diligently after Thursday. Although since we’ve only had a week of classes this quarter thus far, the coursework hadn’t piled up yet and by Monday morning, I was back on top of my game.Read More
The Red Hot Chili Peppers played from my iPod as five classmates and I entered downtown Indianapolis last Saturday night. We decided to take a trip together to kick off the start of our week-long Thanksgiving break. So, after PAP on Saturday morning, I threw some things into a backpack and hopped onto a bus to Indiana, not really knowing what lay ahead.
It was a great trip, with fantastic weather, delicious food, lots of sight-seeing, some (completely necessary!) shopping and the Indianapolis Zoo.Read More
Last Monday was a very memorable day for me, but before I explain further, here’s some terminology:
PAP – Patient Advocate Program (where we shadow eye exams)
PCP – Patient Care Program (where we actually conduct eye exams, up to what we’ve learned).
Yes, it’s not just you, I too find our abbreviations for patient programs at ICO quite peculiar.
I had my first PCP session on Monday, and saw my first patient. That’s right, November 12, 2012 was the day I was able to use over $3,000 worth of equipment on my first patient. I thought, as Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother would say,
During first year, I thought I was going to have a meltdown before my first real patient encounter, but I did surprisingly well. I must say that shadowing those many exams last year helped me feel more comfortable interacting with patients. I didn’t feel like a sacrificial lamb going in a lion’s den or anything (I pictured that all through last year). We’re all paired with a fellow second year student, so we were able to converse and help each other through the entire eye exam.Read More
Though I have lived in Chicago for over 14 years, the first sight of snow each year always puts a smile on my face. From the prevalence of cute and cozy cold-weather wear to the yummy seasonal drinks at Starbucks to ice skating in Millennium Park, the change of weather brings a simple promise of novelty. And the cold weather usually keeps me indoors longer, which is perfect for studying.
This week marked the end of fall break and the start of winter quarter at ICO. With classes starting anew, I have a fresh focus on classwork and a renewed mission to stay on track and study (and play!) hard. I was also on the quarter system during undergrad, and I liked how swiftly each quarter passed and how quickly everything restarted. Like last quarter, I’m expecting exams every other day and assessments along the way, but I’m eager for the changes that come with winter quarter.
Monday morning, my fellow first years and I attended the orientation for the Patient Advocate Program, which begins this week. Along with the new commitment that PAP brings, this quarter boasts two long recesses for Thanksgiving and winter break. After this first week in school, I’ll be heading back home after my first PAP session on Saturday. And while the course load promises to be difficult this quarter, I await the days when we can escape for some skating at Millennium Park’s McCormick Tribune Ice Rink, which opens Friday.Read More
I had an amazing time coming back to ICO as a fourth year this past quarter. The air seemed thick with respect for this impending doctor. I definitely noticed a kind of camaraderie between my class and the faculty that just further reinforced the awesomeness of fourth year. I grew even closer, if possible, to my class as well. And fall quarter’s got all kinds of fun school events that trump other quarters in my opinion (the picture above is from ICOlympics).
But as I was getting ready to leave for my next rotation, I tapped into something un-awesome. Not many bad things I can say about my life currently, but leaving Chicago sucked!
It was, in all sense of the word, bittersweet. Leaving my classmates, leaving the underclassmen, leaving the numerous friends I’ve made along the way, leaving the city that allowed me grow into the awesomeness that is the Danny you see today. It all left a bitter taste.Read More