I don't generally mention the Island by name here because I don't want my blog to end up tied up in the tourism stuff Google ends up attaching to anything mentioning the province. But it should be pretty obvious what province I've been talking about for three and a half years on here.
Today, I'm feeling distinctly warm and fuzzy about the Island, though. For reasons like this: Doctors and Dentists Welcomed to Western PEI.
The community held a meet-and-greet for their new doctors and dentists.
Also today, I received my med student kit, which is sponsored by the province and the medical society.
The fact that this stethoscope is a very specific shade of red is entirely coincidental. I knew I was going to get a stethoscope from the province since it's a fairly longstanding tradition, but I didn't know what they were going to send me or when it'd arrive. Since I wanted to make sure I'd have a stethoscope I liked when I needed it, I ordered one during O week. The sample red was very pink-y and I didn't like it, so I ordered burgundy, though was a bit disappointed since I have a thing about having my own red stethoscope.
Last week they emailed to ask the shipping address and I found out then that they were sending me a red Cardiology III. It's actually the exact colour I wanted and has a date of 2014 on the box so I guess they may have changed the colour in the last year. Also has the logo for the Medical Society on the nameplate, so I think this is going to be my school one since no one else will have one like this.
Having the support and encouragement of my home province's medical society matters. Island med students are a very small group of people - about 50-ish of us in the whole country - and so it feels nice to realize that they think of us, and want to show their support in such a tangible way.
Thanks, PEI. See you soon.