1. 12 Gems of Wisdom
This week we were slammed. We saw 131 patients in clinic and had 21 surgeries, it was busy.
All I can say is wow, there has been so much growth. I could go on an on but I feel it would be a disservice if I didn’t share a few of the gems I picked up from Dr. Gray along the way so here goes:
- This job is like winning a pie eating contest and the prize is more pie
- There are only two types of days good days and great days
- This is a choice, everyday it’s a choice. Never wake up and feel like you’ve put too much into it to walk away because that’s a lie and not worth misery
- Read, and when you feel like you know enough, read some more
- The best was to excel in residency is to be early and keep reading.
- Never get a question wrong twice
- Pick a job you love doing (you do that by picking something you don’t mind reading about for the rest of your life)
- Do 10,000 questions before you sit for boards minimum.
- Treat people the way you want to be treated.
- Nothing is benign in the process. All things matter even the small ones
- It never gets easier, you just get faster
- The more you do a thing the better you’ll be at it
2. NMA, NSMI, and Topgolf
Last week! I can’t believe the summer is over now, it went by so fast! My last week was mainly spent doing research every day. On my last day in clinic, the PT staff surprised me with a crown and a flower lei that I wore all day! They even brought me confetti haha.
I said goodbye to come of my favorite patients and I have finalized my poster and sent it off to be printed for NMA. On Friday, NSMI held a convention where I presented my research to a crowd for the first time. I think it went really well! I definitely need to practice again before NMA but I’m just happy I have finally finished my project and presented it.
After the convention the doctors took everyone to Topgolf and we had a lot of fun. I will miss working at NSMI. Jeff and Ashima were very helpful all summer and I have learned a lot! The doctors were all very nice as well and they said if we ever needed anything don’t hesitate to call. Although this summer was a little stressful, I wouldn’t trade it for the world
3. Leaders, Physicians, Scholars
Great work everyone and congrats for completing the internship!
During my final week, Dr. Stewart and I saw over 100 patients in clinic and performed 6 surgical cases. I am very grateful for the mentorship and guidance from my preceptor who facilitated my education in foot and ankle orthopedics.
My experience has allowed me to make accurate diagnoses of common diseases and learn procedures in the OR. Dr. Stewart is my first true academic mentor and I will utilize the connections that I've made through his partners. I also completed my research poster and it will be shipped out next week to my apartment.
Thank you Nth dimensions for this opportunity to learn from knowledgable and caring physicians and work with determined peers.
I can't believe how fast these 8 weeks flew by! I remember being so nervous my first week because I had never been in a clinic before nor did I know how to interact with patients; now, I don't want to leave.
I developed my own relationships with some patients and I got to walk them through their exercises every visit. I also fostered lifelong mentorships with my preceptor, other PTs, PTAs, and athletic trainers in the clinic. As many of you experienced, it was a bittersweet last day. Everyone gave me a hug goodbye and I felt like I didn't want to leave.
One of the highlights from this week was when I was asked to demonstrate and analyze the deadlift movement for patients. I got to put the experience and skills I had from powerlifting to use. I can't wait to further my education in physical therapy and I thank the Nth Dimensions family for cultivating my interest in it.
I want to give a huge thanks to Dr. Mason and everyone who makes Nth Dimensions possible. I can't wait to start paying it forward and giving back to the organization that made this truly the best summer ever.
5. MUSC, Charleston, and the South
It’s hard to put into words how meaningful this summer was to me. I feel like a different person and I know I have grown so much, both professionally and personally.
I met a handful of docs, residents, and med students that took me under their wing and truly put forth the effort to teach me, get to know me, and give advice. I also totally fell in love with MUSC and Charleston and the South.
It was a great learning experience for me to get to travel away from the familiar and lay down roots in a new place and I’m so sad that it has come to an end!
This week, Dr. Ackerman took me to lunch - I am attaching a photo of us together. Dr. Davis also wrote me a really thoughtful card that meant the world to me (and I of course wrote her a thank you one as well). We also finished our project, printed our poster, and even submitted our abstract to a radiology conference in Hawaii next Spring!
I am back in Portland now and can’t believe what an amazing opportunity this was. I am truly blessed. Thanks Nth Fam for making this happen <3 I am so grateful.
PS - I wanted to add that on my last day I got to perform a knee arthrocentesis on a cadaver and it was AWESOME.