** I want to make full disclosure that this blog contains only my thoughts and feelings and not those of the Mayo Clinic in any way.***
WOW. The second week of med school is even better than the first. Today we did a learning activity called "A Day in the Life," where we got a patient scenario and had to navigate Rochester to see what resources would be available for the patient.
Our scenario was a 56 year old Panamanian man who just received a diagnosis of a brain tumor. He would be experiencing radiation and chemotherapy as treatments and could stay at Mayo for up to six months receiving treatment.
This led us to several places.
We checked out the Cancer Education Center here at Mayo - it has brilliant resources and a fair amount in Spanish for our patient. There are tons of support groups, activities, books, brochures, and websites available at the CEC. Did I mention it's beautiful?
Next, we checked out the Mayo Clinic Erickson Hair and Skin Care Center in the subway level of the Eisenburg building. They have wigs and hats and scarves for both men and women and also skin care resources for patients as well.
Next we went to the gift of life transplant house that allows for patients who are receiving or donating to stay during their time at Mayo. They charge $70 for the first night and $30/day after that. This cost can be sometimes covered by insurance. It is a beautiful facility, and hopefully we can get the med students to cook a meal for the patients that can live there for up to many years!
They have giant kitchens, a great patio with grills, an excellent dining room, and big rooms for patients to stay in, along with a tv room, craft/puzzle room, exercise room, and a library! There are three different facilities where patients may stay.
We finished our tour of some of Rochester's resources at the Hope House run by the American Cancer Society. They had similar accommodations, but were reserved for patients receiving radiation and chemo three times a week. Patients can stay here for free for up to three months.
Overall, we found a lot of great resources for our patient, but did find a few gaps in our community's resources. First, our patient most likely speaks Spanish, and may be the only language he knows. Navigating Rochester without knowing English could prove to be difficult, especially on public transportation or coming in by plane. Overall, there were brochures and translators available at Mayo, but the overall availability of them seemed to be a little iffy. How to improve this in the community is tough other than implementing Spanish signs along with English signs. But then again, we have people of all backgrounds and languages coming here, so translating EVERY sign into every language would be tough.
We also thought, if the patient comes from a background with few resources, he may fall through the housing gaps that we researched today. If he doesn't have a stem cell transplant, he can't stay at the donor house. If he is receiving treatment for more than 3 months, he can't prolong his stay at the Hope House. I'm sure there are other resources we haven't explored, but these seemed to be the main ones people directed us to, other than subsidized hotel rooms that may not be as immunofriendly or clean for patients with such an illness.
Overall, a great day of learning and a very interesting activity we did that is definitely opening our eyes to the side story of a patient. Medicine is more than just a diagnosis. It's treating the patient as a whole with a collaborative team. It's understanding the patient's resources and how you can work with them and find new resources for them to help alleviate stress and promote health and wellness. It's also about meeting the patient where they are and helping to work the diagnosis and treatment into their daily lives to make healthy living sustainable for them.
A LOT TO LEARN GUYS.
Wow. What a week it has been. The first week of our schooling at Mayo Med School. With every sentence spoken to me, and every moment walking around the Rochester campus of the Mayo Clinic, I am more excited to continue my education and career here. My classmates are AMAZING, diverse, interesting, and fun to be around. Plus, they are brilliant.
We have done all orientation activities this week, like configuring computers and VPNs and worrying about how our schedules will go, learning about parking rules, and the dress code ("Mayowear").
If you didn't notice already, we are business casual and occasionally professionally dressed. Whenever we interact with patients we are wearing full suits, professional wear. At Mayo, physicians (called "consultants" here) do not wear white coats so as not to create a barrier between the physician and the patient. Instead, we all dress professionally and expect that the staff around us does the same. We wear our badges to distinguish ourselves from patients and their families. We have separate elevators, stairways, and subway (underground walkways) passages so as not to congest patient areas and not to make them nervous by our presence. In a lot of ways, it makes a great deal of sense.
Today, our class was introduced (I should say entertained) by Dr. John Noseworthy, the CEO of Mayo Clinic. He is fabulous. Hilarious, hardworking, and handsome. The three H's. Having practiced for many years and conducted clinical research, he understands our position and that of the practicing physicians around him. Mayo Clinic states in its bylaws that the clinic must always be led by a physician, so the heart of medicine is not lost and the needs of the patient always come first.
I wasn't ballsy enough on the first day to wear my pink blazer, because 1) we had to dress professionally...and pink pant suits are questionably professional. 2) we had to take our ID pictures that will be haunting us for 5 years.
So. I Wore it the second day. ha! PLUS MATCHING LIPSTICK. Yep. I'm cool.
Today, our class also decided to take a group photo, as we haven't had one taken yet. Our real group photo will be taken at our Commitment to Human Values ceremony in August (white coat ceremony everywhere else...but remember? Mayo doesn't wear white coats).
I thought it turned out really well!! I'm in the second row middle.
Finally.....the REVEAL OF MY STUDY SPACE. I have posted my desk photo before, but the hardware (special ordered) finally came in. So here's the study space I have created for the long nights of biochemistry, histology, and anatomy. Complete with lamp, bookshelf, tons of drawers filled with sticky notes and pens, highlighters, a calendar white board and pictures of fun people.
In august I'll have an office chair coming from Michigan, but until then, it's one of the dining room chairs. Which I don't think looks too shabby.
All for now. More soon.
Today was the official first day of med school. And everyone is asking me, Have they piled on the homework yet???
We are in an orientation week, learning the in's and out's of mayo clinic and exploring all it has to offer. For example, today we learned about our new HP Computers, that every student gets, we learned more about our financial aid, and of course about our classmates and administration. Today we dressed business professional, and most of the week will be business casual, except thursday when we meet the CEO of Mayo Clinic.
We also got our PAGERS. Yep. I'm hip now, with a pager.
Tomorrow we will get our badges. Pics to come.
This evening, we first went to Zumba, which they hold for FREE outside in the peace plaza. It is so nice. The music is upbeat, fun, and a lot of inspiring empowered women songs and routines. A bunch of girls from Mayo joined us. Then, a lot of our class got together at Whiskey Binkies by the lake. It was good food, but GREAT company. We are cherishing the time we have to spend with each other in fun, while we know that the hard work is coming.
Here are some pictures from the day! And one oldie because it's so pretty.
Kathy's pub rooftop:
Ok guys! Tomorrow is our first day of MED SCHOOL!!!!!!!!. Can't believe it.
Last night we had a little get together with all the M1's and some M2's. First, Deeyar invited us over for a little wine time with just a few girls. It was a great time to meet and get to know some of the Mayo Women I will be getting to know the next four years. Then, we headed over to the party spot and met up with almost our whole class! It was a blast.
Are you ready for my first room reveal? My living room. Remember, I have limited space, and that makes this fairly short and sweet, but I'm including a cost analysis for you, so you can guestimate about how much I've spent on this living room. I would say that I am a bargain shopper, just judging from some other living room makeovers I have seen of friends and family.......
First of all, let's take a sweeping look at the space I have.
First lets start with the chair and couch.....
The chair was $40 to purchase, and about $50 to reupholster. You can see the transformation here. The ottoman was $5 at goodwill, and I used the leftover fabric from my chair to finish it.
The couch was...get ready for it....FREE. I talked the craigslist seller down from $100 if I could move it myself. She was desperate, ok? It's a pull out queen, so that is a bonus. After I replace the mattress (the old one smelled like straight pine tree...no me gusta.) it will be about $200 into this project, which in my opinion is not bad at all. Considering its in my style, and will be all brand new fabric and new tempurpedic (sp?) mattress... I still have to finish sewing two of the cushions...oops.
Major furniture: $300.
Next, the entertainment center. I REALLY LOVE IT. It's so chic.
I spent $40 on this piece. And let me tell you, it's SOLID. I got it on Craigslist from a PA at Mayo who was moving. The TV I had, so no cost there....
I saw these white dishes and fell in LOVE. Especially the way they match up with the wood. Wow. Love them.
I now have seven of them (see one more below and one in the dining room). I got them at both the Salvation army (for $1 a piece) and SAVERS (my savior) for $1.50-$3 depending on the size and pattern. I just LOVE THEM. Didn't have to paint them either, which was a plus. I put a little grassy tree ball in one ($5 TJ MAXX), and potpourri in the others that I got at TJ Maxx, $8 for a huge bag of cute smelly things including flowers and balls.
So, entertainment center apparatus is about $60 (I used the potpourri in the rest of the apartment too to make the closets smell yummy).
Picture wall...still growing. Painted frames from Savers and Salvation army, ranging from $1 - $1.50 a piece. White paint is same from desk, dresser, and wooden stand.
Just a few small items, I have an old apple crate ($20 at antique store---yeah, not happy about this price)., Lamp, another white piece from Savers, a potpourri pig from Kate. I originally got a different end table for $5, but wasn't happy with its color and its size (30' by 30' wow). So I sold it for $10. haha.
Got this gem at SAVERS (told you it was my savior). It was $10.99. The feet match my chair PERFECTLY.
My drapes I got at Savers again....$4 a panel. Washed them up and man they smell nice with those Downy Unstoppables. Yummy. Got the rod at Walmart...ugh.cost about $20 because I needed something around 100' long. I tied back my drapes with some sewn fabric pieces from my dining room chairs, just to add a little matching touch. Candelabra from Women's Resource Center Thrift shop in TC - $2!!!!!. Score.
Little things: around $80 for it all.
So, I am estimating that I spent about $470 on my living room....not including the TV....
Not bad, considering you can't put a sofa sleeper for under $650 right now.
M3 at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine