Day 11: Beaumont, Big sibs, PRISM, LDR and everything else

Today’s inane image of the day:

Our first PRISM session was about expectations and wellness!

Most Thursdays, we have an excuse to wear our bright white coats because we have all of our classes in one of the Beaumont locations [today was Royal Oak]. I had the chance to walk through the small farmers’ market that sits right outside the South entrance and was happy to find the tastiest vegan desserts at the market. I can’t wait to go back and buy some baked goods next week!

Today, the resident that has directed the Big Sib/Little Sib program between us and the Beaumont residents organized a short Q&A event. Basically a panel of residents sat at the front of the classroom and tried to field our questions. Although the questions were mostly “how should we study?! can we fail out of medical school!?”, it was reassuring to know that these residents seemed really… well, cool. Haha.

Oh, and I got matched with an Anesthesiology resident as I had requested! I’ll be sure to discuss what’s going through my head about specialty choices later.

We had our first official PRISM session today — although I think it’s a great idea to really drive the wellness point home, I was a bit agitated at the end of the day and kind of wanted to just go home. Our group mostly asked our mentor [an ER attending] a ton of questions about choosing a field, how the ER works and other academic questions. I really like our mentor because he’s extremely laid back and I really need some of that to rub off on me!

On the more personal note — this long distance relationship [LDR] has been extremely taxing on me. I truly do not know how people can handle the distance and the stress it puts on the relationship in general.  I tend to share very personal feelings with a small number of people, but when all of those people are no longer accessible, it really puts me in a bind. To complicate matters further, Chinese culture dictates that you remain a closed book about personal matters — while I can’t say I’ve been the best at maintaining this mentality [I was raised in the U.S…], I do unconsciously [or, I guess consciously now] follow it. This makes it extremely difficult, or basically impossible to open up and express my thoughts. So, I’m slightly concerned about imploding right now.

No wonder I had a good jog today — I had a head full of thoughts that I needed to try to straighten out, and the rhythm really got me going. In fact, the endorphins from my jog today led me to write a guest post for the ever-popular — you’ll have to wait for when it gets published to read it!

Finally, tomorrow is a pretty big day — OUWB has its first interview day of the 2011-2012 application cycle and we have our first AMWA [American Medical Women’s Association] meeting! Lots of great things happening around here.

Now on to find more ways to procrastinate… [Did you notice that I added pages to the right sidebar? I haven’t had a chance to fill them out yet, but they’ll hopefully make it easier to find what you need! Please let me know if you have any suggestions on improving the layout of the website!]

3 thoughts on “Day 11: Beaumont, Big sibs, PRISM, LDR and everything else

  • August 26, 2011 at 3:20 am

    Let’s chit chat soon love

  • August 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Long distance relationships suck, but they can work. My lady and I have been in separate states for two of the six years we have been together. We went ring shopping the other day 🙂

  • August 26, 2011 at 10:44 am

    @Leds: Yes, please!

    @Jordan: While it’s promising to hear success from you guys — at least you’re living in the same time zone. The 3 hour difference really makes it difficult to arrange time to talk in general.

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