Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sweet Home...Chicago

Last week I learned that I have been assigned to do my Core Clinical Rotations (not sure if that's the official title but it sounds swanky enough for me) at a hospital in Chicago, henceforth to be known as Chicago Hope Hospital (CHH). I will be there for at least a year. Hopefully I can also do my electives at the same hospital (and if not in the same city) and eliminate the need for excess moving. What I'm going to do once my electives are up I'm still not sure...but I'll think about that tomorrow. After all, tomorrow is another day. Whoa...knock it off Scarlett!

I was incredibly relieved to get my choice assignment because this means no moving for at least a year, possibly more! It will be nice to be in one place for at least a year. I was so worried I was going to have to bounce around the entire time I'm doing rotations. Many of my fellow students are in New York City, and they are doing their six core rotations in three or four hospitals, and are either having to hop around New York City every six or eight weeks (can you say stressful!) or are having the commute from hell that also changes frequently. None of that sounds appealing to me, and it was seriously giving me palpitations. Another friend of mine (who in his third year of medical school cranked out his third kid...ok well, his wife did, nonetheless the mere thought of that is intimidating) spent four months in Miami at two (or was it three?) hospitals, and has now moved to Atlanta...and he's assuredly going to have to move again...with KIDS!  Hopefully I can set up my electives and just stay in Chicago, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.

Now comes the task of filtering through thousands of apartment rentals to find one that fits my budget and location needs!! More to come I'm sure...