Archive | June, 2015

onward

1 Jun

In October, a residency interviewer asked me if I planned to continue this blog during residency.  Without hesitancy, I said “no.”  My confidence surprised me, and it felt like, in that moment, I made the decision with my response.

I have been dragging my feet trying to write this post, in part because we have been knee-deep in buying a house and moving down to Central Virginia (poor Ari: “What happened?  Where all the toys?!  No bed?  Animals?  All coming?  Evie comes too?”), but mostly because I don’t know how to end it.  Nearly five years and 650 posts–this blog has been a tremendous part of my life.  It achieved the primary goal of helping me appreciate med school for its own sake and not merely as a means to an end, but it also helped me connect with people (old friends, family, new acquaintances, even fellow colleagues), improve my confidence as a mother and physician-in-training, and start to develop (for me) a new style of writing and communication.  The thought of being without this outlet feels strange and scary.

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But ending feels like the right decision.  For one, I’m no longer Anna in Med School (I know, total cop out…not a compelling reason).  More importantly, the thought of my blog simply petering out under the time constraints and stresses of residency (and raising a family during residency) while trying to maintain HIPAA compliance is depressing, and I’d rather rip the bandaid off (and add a few trite medical analogies in the process 🙂 ).  Mostly, however, I’m excited for what this next chapter might bring, and I’d like to make space for a new opportunity or two (writing or otherwise) without feeling like other parts of my life are being shortchanged.

John and I have been tempted to start a family blog–mostly an excuse to post an obnoxious amount of pictures of babies toddlers and maybe share a story to two of recent excursions (or mundane crap that we find hilarious during sleep-deprived moments).  Will let you know if we take the plunge!

11046870_10101991423872406_5720847393714928230_o 11016108_10101981152057206_7706614226664243467_n (2)For now, thank you for sharing med school with me.  It has been my sincere pleasure and honor.

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anna (with john, ari, & evie)

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