Monthly Archives: September 2013

Balancing Fun and Surgery


I know I’ve been MIA for a while. So here’s what I’ve been up to and why I haven’t been able to blog for a while! Learning to balance having fun, being a clinical med student, and studying!

So, I’ve officially finished Neurology and Psychiatry and am now on my SURGERY rotation! I’m currently rotating through orthopaedic surgery and I love it!!! (Though…. the hours are VERY long. I’m usually working 12 hour days). Believe it or not, I even get to suture people closed after surgeries. Did I mention I love third year?!!
FINALLY saw Wicked!
Trying to enjoy what remains of the nice weather + study
Took a day trip to Columbus with my best friend for a nice break 🙂
The messier your hair, the harder you worked out! 
I caved and studied in Mulford again.
Had a BLAST at two car shows, one an ALL MUSTANG show! Can’t wait til I own one 🙂
We earned our second white coat and had a ceremony to give us time to pause and be proud of the fact that we’re officially clinical students and are therefore HALFWAY to being doctors!
The ortho clinic where I spend half of my week
Bonus points to anyone who can tell me what syndrome this is
Practicing suturing in the on-call room on a towel
Throwing in some BJJ time to keep me sane
My ever so fashionable look 50% of the time in the OR!!
Beautiful view from ortho clinic
How a 3rd year on surgery spends their Sunday nights… practicing suturing!
And finally, the on-call room. Where we get to “sleep” while we work from 6pm-6am

What Do You Do For Fun?

The question “what do you do for fun” comes up a lot in the medical field. I think people genuinely believe it’s important to have a hobby outside the walls of the hospital, which I obviously believe strongly in. When we’re in a group people will often say golf, running, my kids, what have you. It comes to me and I say, jiu-jitsu. The standard response is “oh wow I better back up and not make you mad”. (Which, ok was funny at first, but also sort of ridiculous. If I’ve been working with you for several weeks what are the odds that I’ll attack you out of the blue because you now know I train? They’re zero.)

 The second response is always “how do you find the time?”
So let’s break this down. A day has 24 hours. On a standard day most 3rd year medical students are working 10-12 hours. That’s 50%. You sleep about 6 hours, that’s 25%, so that leaves you with 25% of your day. Sure, you can include travel to the hospital for an hour of that so you’re down to about 21%. A two hour jiu-jitsu class only takes a little over 8% of that 21% leaving me with 13% of my day to study still.

Jiu-jitsu (or a 2 hour workout of your choice) is only 8% of your day! How do you not have the time to make that a priority a few days a week? This applies to anyone, not just medical students.

So spend that 8% wisely. Sure, a nap would be wonderful sometimes after a really long, hard day in the OR. But is that nap getting you any closer to your goals? I have some really amazing classmates who run marathons – are they going to be good at those by napping instead of running? Of course not! Same goes for jiu-jitsu. I know there are some days where your couch and a pint of ice cream sounds MUCH better than getting beat up on the mats, but is the first option making you into a champion or even a better person? Of course not.

Life is all about choices. I guarantee that after dragging yourself to a tough workout you never regret it afterwards. Most days, it actually makes you feel rejuvenated. So choose to use your 8% to better yourself, if you can. Because champions are not born, they are made.