To say the past 31 days have been intense and a whirlwind would be a severe misrepresentation. To try to summarize, we went from being third-year students sitting in class, to taking capstone, to final examinations, to one-three days off (depending on how fast you finished your online finals), to senior-year orientation, to our first rotations as fourth-year students. Capstone is an examination that CSU CVMBS uses to prepare us for taking large examinations. It covers all the classes we took during the previous year. The first two are taken at the end of summer, but since there is no summer break between third and fourth years, the test is at the same time as finals.
It is hard to believe my last capstone, my last classes, and my last set of finals are over. We are senior veterinary students. Making this transition has purely been physical for me at this point. I keep referring to fourth year as “next year” instead of right now. I keep forgetting my friends from the year above are now doctors.
My first rotation is Large Animal Emergency Medicine. Perhaps you read the blog written by now Dr. Giddings regarding this rotation. We feel like we’ve been thrown into the deep end. You only see the clinicians if you are working an emergency case. Otherwise, you are either alone (livestock barn) or with a technician (equine barn) to handle the in-hospital patients. There is always someone you can reach out to if you need any help. I feel like I have learned a lot and have really enjoyed 16 days straight of overnights, as strange as that sounds.
I have a feeling it’ll take a while for me to really feel like a fourth-year student. By then, I might be nine months closer to graduation.