One year, five years, ten years from now –where will we all be? I’m already feeling nostalgic for these past few years.
I can’t believe it’s been close to exactly five years since I first blogged about my med school journey. We had no idea what we were in for back in 2016. Nobody tells you the details (certainly nobody told me). That you’d cry out of doubt and frustration in a random bathroom, that one day you’d have to measure the urine output of a dozen patients using a syringe, that you’d meet the most interesting people and make the most incredible memories.
That five years would feel like the blink of an eye.
Instead of doubling down on my review for the licensure exam (which I did kinda do, to be fair), or focusing on my duties as an intern more seriously, I consciously decided to savor moments as they come, and to say yes to making a couple more happy memories.
So this is that post. A little bit of internship, a lot of everything else.
This is also a s/p ophthalmology, psychiatry, radiology, ENT and family medicine elective blog. I’ve been so focused on prematurely missing people that I’ve let go of all productive thoughts. Maybe I’ll come back to these moments and think of a more helpful #RoadToMD post.
Reporting for duty (for the last time in TMC?)
It’s absolutely crazy that I’m done with my last duties in TMC (this assumes that I’ll be officially graduating from internship).
You know that crazy shower thought where there must have been a day when your mom/dad picked you up, set you down, then never picked you up again? One day your parents just said, kaya mo na ‘yan, and left you to walk the brave new world on your own. It kinda feels like that… Like there will come a day when I’ll enter TMC and walk out of it, then never come back again.
This is the part where I should talk about looking ahead to the future instead. I did absolutely appreciate my last week “rotating” in family medicine —it only cemented my desire to be a primary care physician and a family medicine specialist in the future — but as it was a purely online rotation, I won’t clog this post with too many zoom screenshots.
ft. Batch 2021 #21BigFlight
We’ve had several “last days” since July began. First was our last day of internship in required rotations, then our last day taking an OSCE inside the campus, then our last day of internship in electives a week later, and finally –finally, our last day together as a batch, after a long-short day practicing clinical skills.
(Unless we’ll get another last day as a batch with an F2F graduation, which I definitely won’t be opposed to!)
And it can’t be ONE BIG FLIGHT without……. a photoshoot in the hospital’s helipad?
It took what feels like hours under the heat and a lot of direction, but we finally got to take our photo as one big batch. It’s honestly a miracle that we were able to pull this off (our seniors, batch 2020, weren’t as lucky!).
And since were were already there, I’m afraid we were obliged by the universe to take even more photos. For the memories.
EDIT 12/Aug/2021: Our “official” batch photos were released only a few days after I first put this post up, but then I became too preoccupied with boards review to update this post. Here they are, a few decades later.
Study, Eat, Repeat
I’m finishing the very long draft of this post at home in Paranaque. Today still counts as a rest day (ie, the first proper day I won’t have to think about my next duty) –so studying is off the table. I watched Black Widow with my mom and sister instead. (It was a great movie).
At some point next week, I’ll be going back to Ortigas to study (and maybe group study). I’m still trying to figure out what environment is best for me to review for the boards.
So far: coffeeshops have been a good bet.
Catching up (with Chika Minute)
Surviving the last five years would have been impossible without these girls. There’s a special kind of comfort in knowing that you can just kalat (ie fall apart), ask stupid questions, rant and scream, share jokes, and more, without any judgment. Everyone needs a safe space and a home for their roots. This is one of mine.
It’s scary to think that we’ll be going separate paths, that there won’t be any galentine’s dates or birthday surprises, but I like to think of our futures as branches of growth still connected to the same tree. (Maybe it’s the bio graduate in me that keeps pushing these weak analogies.)
But I’ll miss you. And I hope to see you all again soon. Like in a couple of weeks soon!
Team Karasuno or something (and KBBQ)
We’ve come a long way from our days as newbie clerks in Ospital ng Makati, and from our long bangag nights as senior clerks in Quirino. I can’t believe we’re basically graduating soon.
Eagle and Tandang ❤️
Before we were Tandang and Eagle, we were just Jesha and Jari, respectively. But to keep with the ASMPH-theme of this post, I thought: why not. Let’s keep up with the times.
As I’m not an expert on bird nomenclature (but who is), I can only say that eagle refers to us 5th year ASMPH students or graduates preparing for boards, and tandang refers to ‘younger’ school mates who’ve volunteered to help us out. It’s all part of ASMPH’s community design (aka “No Atenean gets left behind“).
I first met Jesha during the Ateneo Junior Summer Seminar in 2011 (actually a recruitment program for Ateneo College, masquerading as an educational summer camp for kids who probably tried too hard at school). As an introduction to this blog, formally: she’s a public health advocate, a sometime-researcher, a cool dancer, a great writer/poet, a stellar tandang, awesome friend, and annoyingly tall person.
A lot of things have happened the last few weeks, and being myself, I took a lot of photos. Since it’s starting to feel like this blog post is on infinite scroll already, I’ll be uploading outtakes and other food shots on a separate post.
I’ve also caught up with some of the loves of my life (from high school and college), so that’ll probably take another post all on its own. Hopefully I can still save some extra time and energy in the coming weeks. It’s gonna be intense! [EDIT 12/Aug/2021: Due to time and energy constraints, this social blog post has been in the drafts folder for weeks, and will probably remain there until October or November.]
Since we’re now only waiting to be promoted, I suppose my next game plan is (a) to continue reviewing for boards and (b) to finally watch the Loki series with my sister and mom. Then I’ll scream about it, the same way I screamed about WandaVision and The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. And then I’ll go out again for a bit.
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Congratulations and best of luck!