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Well, I’ve made it through my first few real exams as a student doctor! In the clinic, it’s great to finally get to practice all of our skills and become more efficient week by week. I’m still new to it, so still a little nervous of course. Every exam I perform and each patient is unique and teaches you something new, it’s a lot to absorb! It has definitely been a transition to go from practicing on classmates to actually caring for patients at The Eye Center. Seeing my first few patients has not been all smooth sailing either! I was expecting it and I can tell it will take some repetition, and more time than I would like to admit, to get a smooth routine down (and learn how to hold those eyelids open better)! But, it is really exciting to realize how far I’ve come in the past two years and even better to finally be putting everything to use and preparing for my career.
So far third year has turned out to be a great experience! Not too many classes and plenty of time in the clinic. I’ve even had time to go have sushi for lunch with a friend one day between labs and then go out of town to hang out with my sister last weekend! I’ve got a couple more clinic assignments this week and then a three day Memorial Day weekend to look forward too!