Today was the day that many of us have long anticipated. Even though we had a long day yesterday, everyone was wide-awake this morning and ready for our first day of clinic. We had heard that patients would begin lining up the night before we opened the clinic, but when we drove up, it was shocking to see just how many people were waiting. People of all ages were lined up around the block waiting to enter. Although the environment seemed rather chaotic, everyone made their way to their respective stations, and the clinic opened right on time at 8:00 a.m. David and I had the opportunity to work in one of the emergency department stations with Dr. Ellis during the morning shift, and it was a great experience. Applying the material that we learn in school to real life situations was much more difficult than I had anticipated, but I think that I was able to get the hang of things after seeing our first few patients.
When the first shift ended, we all gathered for lunch in the cafeteria, and I was assigned to work with Dr. Reidy for the afternoon. Much like the morning, I felt that I was able to apply some of the material that I have learned in school, but I quickly realized that I have so much more to learn. Thankfully, both of the doctors that I had the chance to work with were excellent teachers. I learned, not only about medicine, but about the career as well. All in all, I had a great day, and I really couldn’t have asked for better doctors to work with. I was able to find a gallstone using a portable ultrasound device and witness our medical liaison tell a young mother that her daughter will soon be able to receive the heart surgery that she desperately needed. Today was a great start to our clinical experience, and I look forward to the days to come.