Aspiring Minority Doctor: January 2021 in Review

Aspiring Minority Doctor January 2021 in Review
Much love to all my readers!

Happy New Year! Yes, I realize this post is a bit late, but it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and type. Right now, I’m currently in the middle of working a 12 hour shift, so I figure if I take a minute or two in between patients today, I can finally give everyone a full update on how the beginning of 2021 has been for me. (Yeah, that didn’t happen. Started this post yesterday and finishing today)

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Blessed to celebrate 34 years of life!

If you’ve been following my blog over the years, then you already know January is my favorite month. Why? Because it’s my birthday month! I was immunized against COVID-19 (more on that below), and took a solo trip to Saint Lucia during my birthday weekend. It was my first time being on a plane since flying for residency interviews last year, and while I was a little hesitant to travel at first, everything worked out safely and perfectly! I received mandatory PCR testing before my trip, was tested again while on the island, and strict protocols were in place that included staying masked, frequent temperature checks, and excursions limited to 4 people or less. My resort was incredibly beautiful and I literally could have stayed in my room the entire time and not gotten bored. I also went whale watching for the first time (an incredible experience), enjoyed a nice sunset cruise, and had an amazing personalized birthday dinner at my resort. I took some amazing pictures (tripods are great!) and videos which are posted to my Instagram highlights if you’d like to share in all the birthday fun. I couldn’t have asked for a better getaway and amazing kickoff to the year. The shot above is one I took in my room (it only had three walls). Views!

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Fully vaccinated with new hair to match

As for the getting the vaccine, I received my first dose on December 23rd and my second and final dose on January 9th. I had no side effects from the first dose other than mild arm soreness. About 12 hours after the second dose, I did have the side effects of fever, alternating between hot and cold sensations, headaches, and a weird boost of energy, but all the side effects subsided within 24 hours after taking ibuprofen. I am extremely happy to have 95% immunity at this point. My profession puts me at higher risk, so it helps having some peace of mind that I will not suffer from some of the devastating effects I have seen from the virus. With that being said, I will continue to do my part to help end this pandemic by wearing my mask, practicing social distancing, and educating those around me.

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Happy Work Vibes

As for work, everything is pretty much the same…just busy! Winter months in the urgent care setting are already an extremely hectic time and when you add on a pandemic, things can get a bit crazy. It is a blessing to have a job during a time when so many are without, so I can’t complain though. Plus, I’ve adapted to the times, and I’ve definitely enjoyed the challenge and variety of going between physical patients to virtual patients to managing COVID testing. There’s never a boring day and this girl likes to stay on the go!

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Taking another leap of faith!

In terms of the residency application process, I’m happy to say that I will be participating in the match this year, and unless an opportunity outside of the match pops up, interview season has officially concluded for me. I even submitted my rank list while I was on vacation to hopefully bring in a little good luck. There are really no words to describe how stressful and painful this process has been over the years, but I truly miss surgery and being in the operating room. I am extremely anxious over what the news next month will be, but at the same time, I have faith knowing everything will work out no matter the outcome. At the start of this year’s process, I wrote a few posts that I still plan to share once match season officially is over, but my plan to write up weekly updates kind of fell through with my busy schedule. With that being said, there won’t be a lot of posts released, but I will still give everyone a good glimpse into the process.  

That’s pretty much it for updates. As always, I wish everyone a great month ahead, and thank you for reading!

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