Internal Medicine Internship – A Summary

June 29, 2014 in LOOKBOOK, Residency

I can officially say that intern year is over now! What better time to share my thoughts for the year?

  • Big picture: Compared to college and medical school, I’d rate intern year as more enjoyable than medical school (every single year of it) and less enjoyable than college (no surprise there).
  • The bad things about this year: In the beginning- feeling incompetent, working slowly, having to ask stupid questions like how much replacement potassium to give. In the middle- getting worn down and burnt out, missing holidays with family, missing all of my non-medicine friends that are back in Milwaukee. In the end- feeling ready to not be an intern anymore!
  • The good things about this year (definitely outweigh the bad!): Basic things- Having a “real” job, a paycheck and health insurance :)  Becoming more competent- Feeling 100% more capable at taking care of patients, making plans and changing them as necessary; I can manage a moderately sized team easily on my own (~10 patients), and when I talk to patients now, I actually feel like I’m their doctor and am able to make at least a small difference in their life. Other stuff- Learning to balance life and residency acceptably well… at least I stay in shape, eat ok, see friends and family, and try to stay positive most of the time! I have some seriously awesome friends, and an amazing boyfriend that I’m incredibly grateful for. Not to mention a supportive family that doesn’t make me feel guilty for missing every single holiday celebration because I’m working.

IRO cardigan, J. Crew tank, Maggie Ward pants, Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, Fendi bag

I’m not dreading starting G2 year, but its hard to get super excited. This year we do have more consult months instead of just getting slammed with ward months over and over. The good and the bad of consult months is no scrubs! I’ll have to get dressed every day, not just a few days per month like how I’ve become accustomed to. The problem with this is I got rid of most of my pants recently. And haven’t replaced them yet. Why is pants shopping so difficult (and I’m able to wear anything except obvious blue jeans!)? I haven’t gotten any new pairs yet… although three pairs from Yoox are on their way to me as I type, all brands I’m not familiar with (Daniele Alessandrini- love the back pockets!! Dondup and Piazza Sempione- intrigued by the viscose/wool/elastane blend… sounds lovely) . My favorite pair of pants I own is the J. Crew Matchstick cropped pants from last year. So flattering, they don’t bag out and hold up great to washing. I’ve been waiting for J. Crew to come out with these again, but no luck (ugh, why does that always happen!?!). I’ve seen people looking awesome in the new fit of the toothpick jean, so the Ecru pair has been sitting in my cart for a while. Beyond this, I don’t really know where to look. I’d love any recommendations!

I suppose I should get back into shopping for business casual clothes in general instead of obsessing over workout clothes (don’t get me wrong, I’ll still be browsing Lululemon, Athleta and Sweaty Betty once in a while, but my collection is sufficient for now). Time to start frequenting the blogs again for inspiration!! I’m already filling my wishlist with beautiful, unpractical items. Like these Kurt Geiger London pumps (they resemble a sculpture but actually appear reasonably comfortable with a wider toe box) , or this McQ dress (*sigh* I love those patterns and symmetry, reminds me of those inkblot things).

Well, one more day of vacation (aka, unpaid leave). I’ll be sitting here relaxing. In fact, I might take a nap right now! I hope you’re enjoying your summer and finding time to relax, too!

Celebrate!! (…Almost)

June 19, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

This last month of intern year has been dragginggggg! Which is weird, because the hospital has been crazy busy, which usually helps time fly by. Sigh, only a few more days, though. The new intern class is finishing up their orientation this week. They’ll be starting next week (when my class is on vacation!). I haven’t met any of them yet, but our program director gave an extensive presentation of the backgrounds of all of them (where they’re from, where they did school, hobbies, research, etc). Not that I remember anything in particular. I’ll likely ask them all the same questions when I finally meet them. And I can’t wait to meet them! Meeting new interns = we are no longer interns :) We’ll finally be the team leaders… no longer the bottom of the education pyramid!! Ha.

J. Crew Shirt, Express Shorts (chambray version), Sigerson Morrison Shoes (also available at Bloomies and on sale in black, nude and silver), Celine Bag
For the past week or so I’ve been shopping like my closet self-destructed and I need to rebuild a wardrobe STAT. Its been easy to justify with 1) Celebrate the end of intern year!!! and 2) Nothing has worked out recently, so I’m sure I’ll return most of it. Ah, yes, but of course. Just when I overbuy with plans on returning, nearly everything works out. And not just, eh, this is nice. But oh my gosh this is comfortable and gorgeous and I can think of 3857382 different ways to wear it… like these shoes. Not typical Amber shoes. But somehow they just work. They take my casual outfit one step dressier, as opposed to they typical flip flops or loafers that I’d otherwise be wearing.

Sigerson Morrison Heidy Crackled Metallic Leather Sandals
But these shoes were just the beginning. I’m not usually a Saks shopper, but for some reason I felt inclined to look at their sale shoes. Not only did I get the above pair, I also fell in love with the beautiful shape of Alejandro Ingelmo pumps, and ended up with the Frederica in navy/black. I was 99% sure these wouldn’t fit. Bah, but they do. And they’re stunning!! They’ll definitely dress up any outfit. Since I was sure the first two pairs wouldn’t work out, I added a pair of work-appropriate DVF wedges to the order (sold out at Saks, but some sizes still available at the outnet, bloomingdales and DVF’s site), which I already knew were crazy comfortable. Those are obviously keepers.


Another sigh. If only it ended there. But no. Remember my review on the Birkenstock Arizona Sandal? Those were rubbing a bit too much for me to handle, so I returned them and instead grabbed the Madrid Slip On. Whoa, 100% more comfortable and flattering (and 1/2 the price)! Review to come. But wait, there’s more (unreceived orders, so hopefully these will be returns…). Are you a Yoox shopper at all? I first started intermittently shopping there maybe 3 or 4 years ago. They have a ton of unique stuff. Some from brands I’m familiar with (DVF, Prada, Givenchy, Equipment, etc), but a lot from designers I’ve never heard of. Some of my favorite finds are from there (like my Majestic blazer, 90% off, recently worn here). They have an extra 20% off sale with HAPPYOOX (which unlike other retailers, is very rare for Yoox), so I decided to try out a few items. If you need some fun items and are sick of the monotony and popularity of J. Crew, Ann Taylor, H&M, etc., give their sale section a quick browse!

Less Than Two Weeks Left

June 13, 2014 in LOOKBOOK

Intern year. The end is finally in sight! Since we technically started a week “early” last year, we get an unpaid week off between our first and second PG year, which is in just over a week. At this point, paid or not, I’ll take any time off (two weeks of vacation was not enough!). This year has been busy, as one would expect. And I’m eager to get away for a week. It doesn’t even matter where away is. I’m excited to sleep! To see my friends… outside of work. To catch up with my family. And to relax with the boyfriend. For this vacation, I have no goals. There is no “to do” list. Enough of that. I’ve found that whenever I make a large list of things I must accomplish, things never get done anyway. And then I feel guilty about wasting so much time! But that’s silly. Relaxing, enjoying company and being present is quite the opposite of wasting time. Its what matters most.

Since I haven’t gotten out much recently, I’ve been doing a fair bit of hallway shopping (online phone shopping as I’m walking from one side of the hospital to the other). Yeah, its a bad habit. My absolute favorite purchase I’ve made recently has been these black wedge See by Chloe boots. Yes I know, its not boot season, but winter always returns. And when its does, I doubt I’ll find boots I love for 70% off. If you’re a boot person and boots aren’t already overwhelming your closet, check out the end of season sales on Amazon. I’m so close to grabbing the DVF Paula Chelsea Boot at 70% off as well, but I doubt I wear dresses enough to justify them (they only go with dresses in my mind). Lots of other good deals are floating around, too, especially season old (but still classic) colors of comfy Frye boots (Paige Studded Boot at 67% off, Melissa Logo Boot at 63% off, Pippa Back Zip at 50% off…).

day 19

Other than those boots, I really haven’t had too much shopping success recently. I’m trying to be picky, but maybe I’m being too picky. I must have bought 15 items from Ann Taylor this month, and I returned everything but the Mixed Media Button Down Shell (which is admittedly quite nice, I’ve already dressed up and down – good buy). I’ve had a J. Crew order or two, but everything except their boring Suiting tank (I really needed a fitted, opaque white tank) has gone back. I’ve even browsed Shopbop, Piperlime, Outnet… nothing is catching my eye. Maybe I’ll just go back to buying more workout clothes (comfy, machine washable and wear-to-work-with-scrubs). Perhaps its time I gave in and got the 5/5 star-rated Heavenly Hail Hoodie and Shimmy Short that have been sitting in my virtual shopping cart for months…