Thursday, March 25, 2010


Wow, it has been over a month since my last post. That is really bad. If I had gone more than a couple of days without blogging in the past it would have been a really bad week.

Anyway, a lot has been going on for me. Actually, a lot has been going on with me for quite awhile now. I just have not been able to write about it. But now I finally have some resolution, so it can come out so to speak.

I am leaving pathology. Last week I matched (yes, you read that right, I went through that nightmare process again) into a new residency program in pediatrics. I will be starting residency over in a new field come June.

This may seem out of left field, but believe me it is not. I have been really miserable with my choice of specialty for quite awhile now. It just took me some time to figure out that the field was truly a bad fit for me and how to extricate myself. Overall, it was one of the hardest decision I have had to make in a long time. But now that it is done I feel so good. It is so freeing to have an end in sight.

So I am finishing up my year in pathology and then will get started in peds. My program has been nothing but supportive and super-nice about this whole thing. I have not regrets whatsoever about my program--it is excellent and I would recommend it to anyone doing pathology.

Believe me, I have a lot more to say about this whole thing. But I have to end this post and get some work done. More to come. I will be better about writing now that this is all resolved. Stay tuned.


Ali said...

How exciting! Leave us in the loop.

brocasarea said...

thts A CHANGE....congrats!!:)...

will be completing my medical school this month..hope to do PG soon

Resident Anesthesiologist Guy (RAG) said...

That had to be hard. I know lots of people change in the first year or two, so I think it's expected by programs. At my institution we've had new anesthesiology residents each year from other specialties. We're also having one leave at the end of this year. I think medschool just doesn't expose students to certain fields enough to help make a more informed decision.

The Lone Coyote said...

Ali and Broca--thanks for the support.

RAG--Agree completely. I especially think w/ fields like path and anesthesia, which are not part of the traditional core rotations, it can be really hard to get a good sense of what you are getting into during a several week elective experience.