This block’s rotation is Companion Animal Medicine. Medicine has been a rotation that I’ve been extremely nervous about for a few reasons. It’s a very intensive rotation with long hours and very busy days. It involves a lot of very sick and debilitated animals, and with that comes very upset owners. I had stress nightmares leading up to it! I was worried because I hadn’t had a rotation in the hospital yet, which meant I was unfamiliar with standard operating procedures, the new computer system we have, and some of the people who work there.
Luckily for us, the first week was very quiet as far as the small animal hospital goes. We had plenty of time to take care of the few patients we had, plus we were able to get in lots of extra learning opportunities through rounds with the senior clinicians. It was also nice to be able to learn how things worked while it was slow and to get a handle on the paperwork we have to write (eg, SOAPs and discharges).
I also learned that we have an amazing group of people in the hospital. I hadn’t doubted this, but it was very reassuring that the technicians were always there to lend a hand when I wasn’t quite sure what I was doing, that the clinicians were always willing to walk through a case, and that the residents and interns were always there to offer advice on treatment options and how to come up with differential diagnoses. My rotation-mates have also been so amazing–coming in early to help me with treatments, staying late to help with emergencies, helping with patients throughout the day, and just being awesome in general! Everyone has just been great, which has really made what was a scary rotation for me, a great learning opportunity.