As my summer internship presses on, I have been diligently keeping notes and information on every case that I have had the opportunity to work on. If nothing else, I know that this little black book will hold fond memories of a summer when people thought I was crazy for “starting” clinics a year early. I have been told on countless occasions from fourth-year students to “go home” or “enjoy the beach” this summer, and that I shouldn’t be working while on my last summer (to which I always respond that I was not working at all, because I love being around horses).
This little black book holds not only information about patients that I have worked with, but also the emotions and daily musings that drifted through my brain as the clinicians worked up the cases. It provided me with a medium to ask my stupid questions that I could, upon returning to my dormitory, look up online before appearing naive and inexperienced.
This little black book also has information from “rounds” that clinicians go over with the students on rotations at New Bolton Center. These rounds are informal discussions about various aspects of large animal medicine and are designed to engage student learning in addition to enhancing the experience in general. For me, it is an opportunity to apply what I have been learning in the clinic back to the “school” part of me, and I really have enjoyed it all. Everything from radiology to anthelmintic usage to the racing commission to bovine dystocias. I have experienced a wide array of “rounds” and have enjoyed every minute.
The best part is that my little black book will forever hold my experience within its pages, even as I may begin to forget some of the nuances of my incredible last summer.