My last post was my confession that I don’t want to leave my externship at FAO. Now, even though I don’t want to, I know I have to (if I want those three letters after my name). This means I need to start mentally preparing for my next block of time, which is a three-week rotation on diagnostic imaging. Radiology is not a strong area of mine. I haven’t worked as a technician or spent much time in practices where imaging was used often. While most people consider this rotation “radiation vacation,” I feel a certain pressure to prepare for it. Sure, it will be laid back compared with some rotations, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy for me.
I am flying back from Rome on a Saturday and start the next rotation Monday morning. In that time I want to sleep, unpack and do laundry, get organized back in my apartment, and try to study for the rotation. I don’t remember MAs from kVp or why you change those. I hope it comes back to me after some quick studying. I need to review the echogenicities of the different organs while viewing ultrasound. Studying in anticipation of a rotation is always encouraged. You don’t want to waste the first days trying to remember the basics when you could be learning more. I have a feeling I won’t be able to keep up my intentions of preparing for each rotation, but it’s the thought that counts, right?