Sunday, June 18, 2006

Back in Galveston

I am back in my beloved and simultaneously despised Galveston. The rest of the Morcocco, Spain, Portugal trip was amazing. Craig was a great travel partner and we saw and did a lot.

So its the end of my time in Africa for a while, but the work lingers on. My abstract was accepted to the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada. I really wasnt expecting it to be accepted and thus planned my entire 4th year assuming that I would not attend. But of course, it was, and I had to make some major changes.

The first few months look a little like this:

Period 1: Move in, study for Step 2
Period 2: Actually study for Step 2, attend 2 wedding and the AIDS conference
Period 3: Emergency Medicine rotation at Denver Health
Sept 15, 16, 17: ACL Music Festival!!!
Period 4: Something easy...
Period 5:Trauma Surgery at UTMB

I should point out that period 1 and 2 are actually going to be pretty hectic. I have to move in, work at St. Vincent's arrange a complicated web of flights, trains, buses and car rentals to get me around between Toronto, Boston, and then back to Denver in time to start my rotation. Throw in the writing of a personal statement and running a clinic for the uninsured with 4 other medical students and you'd start to wonder how I would even have time to study for Step 2. In fact, I dont.

So now my question becomes: what happens to this blog. I am not in South Africa anymore and thus writing a blog called Sanbona doesnt make much sense. At the same time, I really want to keep posting ideas, thoughts, plans, even if no one reads it.

So I'll either keep writing here, or I'll start a whole separate blog to document my life as a 4th year medical student. We'll see.

Regardless, its actually nice to be back. Was sad to see my old medical school class graduate on June 3rd, but my new class is awesome and has been very welcoming so far.

Will be in touch!