About 2 years ago, Matt and Jordan, 2 of the EM fellows at Albany Med, started a blog detailing their time in the Albany Med EM Fellowship. It got me interested in learning more about residencies, and was a major reason why I eventually decided to take the plunge myself. I ended up applying to a couple of different programs, but after interviewing at Albany Med, I knew I had found the right place. I was fortunate enough to be offered a spot and took it without a second thought. I wanted to do something similar to what they did, and try to share some of my experiences along the way. Whether or not to do a residency/fellowship is a big decision, and it really helped me to hear peoples' personal experiences. I'll try to post every few weeks, but I can't make any promises. Feel free to post any questions and I'll do my best to answer them... I'm still new to all of this, so maybe some of the more seasoned resident graduates could also chime in.
My wife and I moved up to Albany last week, and have really enjoyed it so far. This year there are 4 fellows, an increase from previous years when there were only 2 spots. The two other fellows started in mid-August so that we could be staggered going through rotations. It also allowed us to each receive some one on one mentoring from the outgoing fellows. Our first few shifts in the ED are scheduled such that one of the outgoing fellows will be there, basically shadowing us and helping us learn the ins and outs of the department. She won't be picking up any patients, and will basically just function as a guide as we get used to being "real PAs." I think it will be a great way to get our feet wet. The first week of October, we are scheduled to have a 2 week ultrasound rotation. This will include some classroom time for a few hours each day, and some hands-on time, just walking around the department doing as many scans as possible. The guys who started in August said they got close to 200 scans each last time I talked to them. Should be a great experience!
Well that's all for now. Feel free to post questions, and I'll also try to check in every few weeks with a quick update.