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The Fellowship Game

Hey My Loves,

Some of you may not know but I have started my oculoplastics fellowship here in Cali. I wanted to just blog today about that experience and hopefully make some of you laugh, cry, vomit…etc

Fellowship is not easy. There are so many ways to mentally prepare for it, but nothing quite prepares you as much as your past. My previous chairman, the late Dr. Robert Copeland always used to say, “Trust your training and Get the Job done.” It’s so true. My mentor happened to be gone my first week on the job and of course there just had to be post operative patients who just had surgery to be seen. Here in the Central Valley there is a unique way that the skin sometimes heals, especially after surgery and I had no idea how to handle it. But I went back to my training and prescribe an ointment that ended up working. Miss you Dr. Copeland!

My life is pretty pretty pretty busy. I’m talking about 40-50 clinic patients per day and up to 12 OR cases/day on my operating room days. Some days, I feel as if I can hardly catch my breath. This is when I find that I need to force myself to stop and check in with myself. You can’t take care of others unless you are good. Go to the bathroom, cry, wipe your face, and get out there and see those patients, who have waited months just to see a specialist.

Is fellowship harder than residency? Yes and no. Yes because you are expected to know everything, and be everything, and do everything. And no because if your training was rigorous, like mine, the work load isn’t impossible just hard. The hardest part for me right now is working out once a day, working at 115% beast mode during the day, and coming home to study for my boards, study plastics, and o yea study for surgeries. How can anyone do that? I will be blogging about that in the future!

Stay tuned, and for those who are starting something new and they don’t think they can make it–>If I can, so can you!

Hang in there.

Love Always,



1 Response
  • Frank
    October 28, 2016

    Very nice blog and I wish that you future success in your career.

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