Update

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been super busy with settling into residency and I know it’s been a while since I’ve given an update so I just wanted to let everyone know what’s been going on real quick.

So I moved to a little town called Breinigsville outside of Allentown, PA, in the beginning of June. I also had my UMHS graduation ceremony in New York City. It was great to see some classmates and teachers again as well as to finally meet some of the crucial people that helped me get through my rotations.

Residency started in the middle of June with some orientation activities, getting to know my colleagues, faculty, and the ideas and flow of the family medicine program itself. Everyone is awesome and so supportive, I am really so happy to be here. I started in my clinic last week and it’s been a challenge trying to manage the computer system while seeing patients but everyday is slightly easier. I also had my first short call shift at the hospital which is a 5pm-10pm shift that covers admissions for the family medicine service while they transfer care from day shift to night float. I will be on the family medicine service in the hospital next month. Overall, I am settling in pretty well and definitely enjoying it! :)

Please continue to contact me if you have questions! I will absolutely try my best to answer them quickly. That being said, using the contact me button to email me is usually quicker than leaving a question in a comment. If it’s something that may benefit everyone you may want to do both that way I can respond quicker to email and then update my reply to the comment when I have some more time for everyone to see. Also, some additional tips, sending me one or two questions at a time and going back and forth for a couple emails is actually better than sending me an entire list of all of your questions. I can respond quicker to a question or two when I have a moment rather than trying to find a 15 minute block of time to respond to list of questions.

I do have to say that I really appreciate all of the positive feedback about my blog. It’s not always easy to keep up with responses and updates (thank you for always being understanding and patient!) but I’ve always enjoyed mentoring others and I love hearing how you all are doing during your own journey into and through medicine! :)

Chrissy

UMHS Interview

Scott Harrah from The UMHS Endeavour, my medical school’s blog, published an interview with me as part of a series of interviews with Class of 2015 graduates (Graduation ceremony is next week!).

Here’s the link:

https://www.umhs-sk.org/blog/class-2015-interview-dr-christine-fetterolf-lands-family-medicine-residency-lehigh-valley-hospital-pa/Caribbean-Medical-Schools

Residency

What an incredible week it has been! I found out that I matched into my FIRST choice for residency! I am going to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, for family medicine! I am SO excited!! I think Lehigh Valley is a perfect fit for me and it is close home which makes my family very happy. I honestly can’t put into words how awesome this is!! My hard work has truly paid off and I can’t wait to start this new chapter of my life!

Graduation

I have officially graduated from medical school! My official graduation date was December 31st and I managed to graduate with a 3.85 GPA! My graduation ceremony will be held in June in New York City. I am so grateful to have finally made it all the way through despite the financial road blocks that kept popping up along the way. It definitely wasn’t easy but I never gave up hope, worked very hard, and somehow, with the help of my family, I always found a way to overcome every obstacle. I just can’t believe this part of my journey is over and the next chapter (residency!) will soon be here. I’m so ready!

Gastroenterology and Interviews

Hello everyone,

This past month has been very very busy for me but wanted to give a quick update. I just completed a 4 week rotation in gastroenterology and had 2 residency interviews during the rotation. I definitely have a very busy next couple of months with interviews scheduled until January. And!! I have just ONE week left of medical school!!! :D

Residency Applications

It’s official! My applications for family medicine residencies have gone out! Now, I wait for interviews which usually occur in October to January. In March, I will find out if and where I match for residency. Can’t wait! :)

AAFP Conference

At the beginning of August I attended AAFP’s national conference for family medicine residents and medical students in Kansas City, MO. I highly recommend attending for any medical student, especially 3rd and 4th years, interested or think they might be interested in family medicine. There were many workshops and opportunities to learn procedures. For example, there were lectures on tips for applying to residency and tips for interviewing as well as topics within family medicine and opportunities for suturing and other procedures. The best part, for me, was the opportunity to network. Not only did I get to see classmates that I had not seen in years, I met new students and residents and had the chance to connect with over 200 residency programs. This is a great opportunity for 4th year medical students to talk to programs they are going to be applying to. I spent most of my time networking with programs and am very hopeful about my connections for the upcoming interview season! This is also a great opportunity for 3rd year medical students to see what programs they may be interested in applying to and to arrange electives during 4th year at these programs. I’m so happy I went and I can’t wait to start a residency in family medicine!

Website issues

Hey everyone, I apologize for my blog being down the last month or so. I’ve had a lot going on and just didn’t have the time to figure out what was wrong. It should be all straightened out now! Fingers crossed!

This past month has been so busy! At the beginning of the month I attended AAFP’s conference which I will elaborate on in my next post. I also left Arizona, so sad! I packed up my van and my dog and I drove from Arizona to Pennsylvania over 5 days. I’m enjoying a nice little break with my family before I head to Georgia to finish up my last 10 weeks of rotations!

 

 

Getting ready for residency applications

Things have been really busy lately! During my last post in May, I had just started a family medicine elective (which I absolutely loved and will be going back for another 2 weeks at the end of the month!), was in the middle of an MBA class, and beginning to prepare for residency applications.

Now, I am in the middle of a rheumatology rotation.  I have a great attending that I am learning a lot from.  It’s definitely keeping me busy!  I am also currently working on my personal statement for my residency application and have picked a list of programs that I want to apply to.  My radiology elective fell through so I’m working on my schedule again and will hopefully have something scheduled for my last month in Phoenix soon.  Can’t believe I will be done with rotations in just a few months!