14. November 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Uncategorized

Gotta love that one extra hour of sleep we gain this time of year. Our first patient, at the current hospital site that I am at, is scheduled for 7:30 am. You can imagine how excited I was to have that extra hour in the morning. So far, it has meant I have a bit of leisurely time to grab a cup of coffee on my way to work. I am beginning to personify the Dunkin’ Donut’s slogan, “America runs on Dunkin’.” There is one nearby the hospital and there is nothing like a good cup of joe to start the day off. As an aside, I recently learned that the Providence metropolitan area has more Dunkin’ Donut shops per capita than any other region in the Untied States. Go figure, Boston came in second!

I certainly feel like things are moving forward through this year of clinical rotations. My time in Providence and working at the veteran’s hospital has been an adventure. It has been an honor to serve the men and women who have served their country well. On a daily basis, I expand my knowledge/skillls relating to eye disease/management. In addition, I learn something new from the life stories/adventures that my patients share with me. Part of the beauty of rotating to different sites is the opportunity to learn from different patient populations. This allows for a diverse experience which we can carry forward into our own personal and professional lives.

Discovering a new place is the other appealing aspect of rotating clinics every 3 months. When I moved to Providence, I knew very little of what the city had to offer. I must admit, the first few weeks were very challenging. I have lived in various countries, but somehow the combination of moving to a new place under the guise of a student intern was an adjustment. After living in the heart of Boston for the past 1.5 years, I became accustomed to taking public transport or walking wherever I needed to go. So naturally, it took time to adjust to navigating my way around in a car. I always felt like I had a good sense of direction, but that has not stopped me from getting lost on a daily basis. This is despite having a trusted car navigation system. Nonetheless, this has in no way stopped me from exploring the local area.

During my time in Rhode Island thus far, I have been able to go sailing in Newport, visit the local beaches, and attend various artistic events. I attended a local event called the WaterFire. A canal runs through the downtown area of Providence and within the canal they burn small fires. There is a Venice type feeling to the event. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to experience a bit of the city while strolling along the canal. The night I went to the WaterFire, there was also a delightful open air performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” performed by Brown University students.

On Halloween day, I went to the local zoo, which had 5,000 beautifully carved pumpkins on display. I had never seen anything like it before. It was a testament to the artistic nature of this charming city. Besides local artistic events like these, I think it is fair to say, you cannot find a bad meal in this city. It is rightfully known as one of America’s best cities for foodies!

Here is to making the last few weeks of my stay here in Providence memorable, for all the right reasons, as I set out to spring forward into my next rotation!

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