And so my time in Rhode Island has come to a close. As an overall experience, I wouldn’t say it was life altering in anyway. Living in COVID times makes it particularly difficult to enjoy a new city when state-wide restrictions make it difficult for you to engage in something as eating at a restaurant or watching a movie. But it is what it is.
From an educational standpoint, my time at the Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic was very positive experience. Before going, I was generally apprehensive about handling ocular disease which is something that you probably wouldn’t want to hear from an eye-care professional. But now I feel a lot more confident. I’m well aware that I still have a long way to go before I can call myself a doctor, but it’s very encouraging when you can visibly see progress.
Lastly, I’m forever grateful for the connections I made. As someone who’s a creature of habit, it’s difficult for me to come out of my shell sometimes. When you have the opportunity to work and collaborate alongside other students and residents to learn and grow together, you take that opportunity and run with it.
To all my fellow interns, residents, preceptors, coworkers and patients in Providence, thank you for teaching me so much in three months.