Friday, August 5, 2016

s/p Internship: The year in 12 images

This is the first of a two-part documentation of the seventh year in med school.

It's true, what they say: Internship really is the best year in UP Med. It's hard to believe the year went by that fast, and I'm finally done with school (though, of course, you can argue that school never ends for a doctor). Heck, being called "doctor" still feels kind of surreal, as if finally reaching that goal made it all the more distant and intangible. But how to capture the past 12 months in as brief a post as possible?  

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1. Rotating under Service 3 of Internal Medicine, a department I actually like, despite its flaws. 

2. Turning the National Museum into our own Wednesday afternoon photo studio. Did you know it used to be the old Senate Hall?

3. Returning to Corregidor after a decade. Every kid in this country ought to come here some time.

4. Block Christmas party, or getting Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" and David Mitchell's "The Bone Clocks" for presents! And just look how happy we all were! 

5. Surfin' with my girls in San Juan, La Union. And successfully riding a surf all the way to shore after almost an hour of falling off the board!

6. Climbing Mt. Pamitinan in Rizal, or that time we thought we'd die by getting our throats slit by razor-sharp rock edges.

7. Stalking Cameron Mackintosh at the after-party of the "Les Miserables" Asian tour-Manila gala night.

8. Community! Or learning to cook and dealing with people in a rustic healthcare setting and being more than just plain ole doctor. And escaping to Tagaytay at the end of every week!

9. Turning 24 in OB-Gyne, where we lost weight and gained pimples and occasionally turned into grumpy monsters.
(c) C. Vistal.

10. Kayaking with three people, or Punta Fuego for the final time as "kids."
(c) P. Zamora.

11. Fake graduation! Or that time we went on duty in OB-Gyne, left the hospital at 1AM, slept a bit, donned our sablays and put on our freshest faces. 

12. The grad ball, or getting wasted one last time as a class.

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