I'm still very, very tired from the trip since I haven't really had a chance to recover yet. I probably should have left Friday so that I could have Sunday to just recharge, but it's not the end of the world. My friend and her family are going to visit family for the long weekend so I'll actually have the house to myself this weekend which will be nice. I plan to sleep a lot.
Tomorrow (well, today really since it's past midnight here) is Canada Day so I'll be taking my son to the festivities at the major park downtown, which is walking distance from where I'm staying.
Learning-wise, this week was just amazing. My supervisor is really, really interested in teaching and she's very much up on evidence and remembers drug mechanisms off the top of her head. She's been in practice 3 years now and so she's still familiar enough with being a student that she knows where I'm at. She has a really profound knowledge base which is quite admirable. She makes a lot of opportunities for me to learn new things, including procedures and I'm extremely appreciative. Learning to write a good SOAP note is my big thing right now; as med students tend to do, I write way too much but still manage to miss some critical stuff so that's something I absolutely want to work on during my electives this summer.
I also have a bit of a personal side project of working on primary care pharmacology and psychiatry because they are areas I do not feel well versed in and I want to develop better understanding. So she set me a project for the weekend: learning about the mechanisms of the various oral agents for diabetes and their applications.
This is really proving to be a very interesting elective and I'm enjoying it a lot.
While I do feel a bit like an idiot considering how vast and detailed her knowledge base is - and it's stuff a LOT of practicing family doctors I've run into don't seem to know or consider, as in she actually just seems to have a relatively huge knowledge base - I do really enjoy being with patients, talking to them. It's why I can see myself in primary care so much, I really enjoy this aspect. But her practice also involves procedures and hospital work, so it's very varied.
Very excited to see how the next weeks play out. I'm getting a fair bit of derm exposure so that will come in handy later this summer and throughout my education. I REALLY need to start brushing up on my vascular anatomy though. That's going to be a big one that I'll really need to know for later.
The clinical stuff is definitely the best part of med school so far.