01 ~ January

January 1

2015 – Lexi, Brandon, and I watched 4 movies and the Alabama vs. Ohio State football game.

2016 – I met Namrata’s boyfriend, Nipum.

2017 – I flew from Atlanta to Philadelphia, took an Uber to the train station, rode a bus from Philadelphia to Scranton, and then walked to my apartment.

2018 – I drove to Lebanon, PA to start my last audition rotation and met my new roommate, Allanda.

January 2

2015 – I drove to Charlotte to visit Madison while she was home from Hawaii for Christmas break.

2016 – I went to Dave & Buster’s with Abdul, Amanda, Mahtab, Namrata, Nipum, and Vash.

2017 – I rearranged my room, cleaned the apartment, and updated my budget spreadsheets.

2018 – Allanda and I met with Sally, WellSpan Good Samaritan’s medical education coordinator, for orientation.

January 3

2015 – Amanda, Madison, and I played Just Dance and went shopping at a new outlet mall in Charlotte.

2016 – I got tea at Dr. Bombay’s with Byron and then had dinner with Trishad at Moksha.

2017 – I started my endocrinology rotation with Dr. Jameson and watched him perform four ultrasound-assisted thyroid biopsies before seeing five more patients at the office.

2018 – I worked with Dr. Zendarski at N 4th Street (the downtown clinic) and bonded with some of her patients.

January 4

2015 – I visited Reghan for a couple hours and got to see her new house.

2016 – I officially registered to take COMLEX Level 1.

2017 – Ronak interviewed at a hospital in North Bergen, NJ and then surprised me with a visit.

2018 – I worked with the residents at ELCO (the rural clinic) and did OMM on a couple patients.

January 5

2015 – My roommates and I decided to get a maid to help keep our townhouse clean.

2016 – I reorganized my board prep materials and finalized my study schedule.

2017 – I finished watching the first season of Westworld.

2018 – I went grocery shopping at Aldi after clinic.

January 6

2015 – We learned how to diagnose cervical segmental dysfunctions in OMM lab.

2016 – We watched a video of uterine artery ablation for treatment of fibroids.

2017 – I saw patients with Dr. Jameson in the neuroendocrine clinic and then studied cardiology with Ronak over the phone.

2018 – Allanda and I had dinner and drinks at Batdorf Restaurant in Annville, PA.

January 7

2015 – I got a B on my third PCS written exam.

2016 – I was asked to meet with members of the PCOM administration to discuss how my class feels about the DO program.

2017 – Arjun, Chioma, Nima, Shuchi, and I had dinner at Eden, a vegan cafe in downtown Scranton.

2018 – The power went out at the student housing, and there was a puddle of water surrounding the circuit breaker preventing me from trying to fix the problem.

January 8

2015 – I watched 6 episodes of Friends on Netflix.

2016 – We had 7 hours of guest lecture on gynecology with Dr. Monzo.

2017 – I started watching the show Black Mirror on Netflix.

2018 – I started my inpatient week at WellSpan Good Samaritan and saw 2 patients by myself.

January 9

2015 – I went to the gym with Vash, one of my new friends in the biomedical sciences program.

2016 – I slept in until noon before going to school to study.

2017 – I bought an orange and purple beta fish and named him Tiger in support of Clemson playing in (and winning) the national championship.

2018 – I helped Dr. Del Castillo place an internal jugular central line catheter.

January 10

2015 – Amanda and I got our plane tickets for our spring break trip to California.

2016 – I worked in the library from 5:00-10:30.

2017 – I talked to Colleen on the phone for the first time in a while.

2018 – I watched a resident place a temporary dialysis catheter in one of our ICU patients.

January 11

2015 – I spent 16 hours on campus studying without stepping outside once.

2016 – I watched Clemson play Alabama in the NCAA championship with some friends on campus.

2017 – Ronak and I did yoga together over FaceTime.

2018 – I rounded with a new attending, Dr. Correa, who is supposedly one of the toughest at the hospital.

January 12

2015 – I took my third OMM written exam and had another OMM practical.

2016 – I went to a meeting to learn more about the opportunity to do clinical rotations in Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

2017 – I saw patients with Jill, the diabetes educator.

2018 – I found out that some of the residents at WellSpan Good Samaritan think I’m “too confident” in my chances of matching with them.

January 13

2015 – I learned about HIV and the pathogenesis of AIDS in microbiology.

2016 – I overslept and missed 4 hours of lecture.

2017 – Dr. Jameson gave me to pieces of his spider plant so that I could start growing one of my own.

2018 – I started watching Parenthood on Netflix.

January 14

2015 – I took my fourth PCBM exam.

2016 – I found out that I am officially moving to Scranton, PA for clinical rotations!

2017 – I got a black Kate Spade purse in the mail from Ronak for Christmas.

2018 – I did laundry and played Stardew Valley.

January 15

2015 – We were taught how to correctly don and doff when working with TB patients.

2016 – I made a B on my first reproductive health exam, had Thai food with Claire for dinner, and went to Athens with some classmates.

2017 – I spent an embarrassingly long amount of time playing SimCity on my phone.

2018 – I submitted my residency rank list.

January 16

2015 – I made a playlist of songs by artists who are going to be at Bonnaroo this summer.

2016 – I went to Mellow Mushroom for lunch with Sumeer and Trishad.

2017 – I had a continuous glucose monitor implanted so that I could better understand what it’s like to be diabetic.

2018 – I helped one of the residents give a trigger finger injection and freeze a wart off someone’s toe.

January 17

2015 – My friend, Namrata, introduced me and about 20 other people to her sister, parents, and grandmother who were visiting her for the weekend.

2016 – I did 40 reproductive health practice questions on COMBANK.

2017 – I gave Ronak Meg’s number so that he could contact her regarding setting up an emergency medicine rotation.

2018 – Sally winked at me after meeting with the program director to finalize their rank list.

January 18

2015 – I decided at the last minute to go to a party/sleepover with some new friends in the biomedical sciences program (Abdul, Amanda, Mahtab, Melis, Namrata, Lavar, and Vash).

2016 – I spent all day in the library studying for OMM.

2017 – I drank stress relief tea from a new coffee mug that Meg sent me.

2018 – I attended a grand rounds lecture on abdominal pain.

January 19

2015 – I spent 18 hours on campus studying.

2016 – We reviewed how to do a neurological exam in PCS.

2017 – Ronak got approved to do an endocrinology rotation with me in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

2018 – I went to a lecture on diagnosing and treating lithium toxicity.

January 20

2015 – We learned some muscle energy techniques for the cervical region in OMM lab.

2016 – We had our ninth written and practical OMM exams.

2017 – Donald Trump was inaugurated.

2018 – I drove to Doylestown, PA to visit Anna Lee and Tim, and we went to dinner at Poco’s Mexican Restaurant.

January 21

2015 – I took my third CMBM exam and got the second lowest grade I’ve ever made on an exam.

2016 – We had 3 hours of guest lecture with a laborist.

2017 – I answered and reviewd 75 COMBANK questions.

2018 – Anna Lee, Tim, and I took Remi for a 4 mile walk at Peace Valley Park.

January 22

2015 – I went to a sleepover at Namrata’s to celebrate Mahtab’s birthday.

2016 – Our guest lecturer was 2 hours late.

2017 – The Atlanta Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers to qualify for the Super Bowl.

2018 – I worked a full day at ELCO and then came home to work on my delirium and dementia presentation.

January 23

2015 – My roommates and I threw a party for Merin’s birthday.

2016 – Namrata and I went to a coffee shop in Duluth to study before going to Mahtab’s surprise birthday party.

2017 – I ate a non-diabetic diet for the first time since getting the continuous glucose monitor.

2018 – I went to Dunkin’ Donuts after work to finish my presentation.

January 24

2015 – I went to lunch with Mahtab at Taco Bell before going to campus to catch up on some lectures I missed earlier in the week.

2016 – Carolyn, Trishad, Zaheera, and I reviewed some biochemistry COMBANK questions.

2017 – I picked up Ronak from the airport on my lunch break.

2018 – I woke up with a sore throat and feeling nauseous, and I was sent home from clinic so that I wouldn’t get anyone else sick.

January 25

2015 – A group of us attempted to surprise Vash with a birthday cake at midnight, but he wasn’t surprised at all.

2016 – I was in mandatory lecture and meetings non-stop for 11 hours.

2017 – Ronak and I had dinner with Dr. Jameson and a drug rep at The Cafe on 315.

2018 – I felt progressively worse throughout the day, was diagnosed with the flu, and started taking Tamiflu.

January 26

2015 – I read a scientific paper on the use of an antagonist as a drug therapy for type 2 diabetes.

2016 – I applied for a SkyMiles credit card with Delta.

2017 – Ronak and I grabbed dinner and a beer with Nima at Backyard Ale House.

2018 – I still felt sick but no longer had a fever, so I tried to go into work and was sent home again.

January 27

2015 – I attended a Student Government Association (SGA) meeting as a proxy for one of the members of DO council.

2016 – My friends and I began using an app called “forest” that helps us focus and monitor how much we each are studying.

2017 – Ronak and I went bowling and ate way too much cheese pizza.

2018 – I felt much better and drove to Blacksburg, VA to visit Ronak.

January 28

2015 – I attended a guest lecture on occupational medicine.

2016 – We learned some ENT techniques in OMM lab.

2017 – Ronak and I spent most of the day studying at Adezzo and had some amazing tiramisu.

2018 – Ronak and I had lunch at Panera with some of his co-residents.

January 29

2015 – I gave a 30 minute presentation on metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and a new potential drug therapy.

2016 – I got to use a portable ultrasound machine to visualize a classmate’s Nexplanon implant.

2017 – Ronak and I slept in and made huevos rancheros for brunch before he flew back to Atlanta, GA.

2018 – I started my second week of inpatient medicine at WellSpan Good Samaritan and got positive feedback from my new attending.

January 30

2015 – I spent the entire afternoon and evening watching lectures on tegrity.

2016 – I woke up at noon and spent the rest of the day studying in the library.

2017 – I started my general surgery rotation.

2018 – After a 12-hour shift at the hospital, I spent a couple hours bonding with my new roommate, Ariel.

January 31

2015 – I had dinner with Mahtab, Ronak, and Vaishali at Iron Age.

2016 – Parissa convinced me to re-download Coffee Meets Bagel.

2017 – I saw patients in clinic with Dr. Rusnok, a general surgeon.

2018 – I bonded with the other residents on inpatient.

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