This was a big week….a good week…Sigh.
I feel like July snuck up from nowhere. For those outside of the medical field, July 1 is the official start day of residency programs across the country. I’m kind of weird when it comes to big transitions….I tend to avoid them. So, typical me, I woke up late, didn’t dress up too too much (yea right, y’all know I looked fly) and drove to the hospital. In my head I think I was pretending that it was still orientation time…and that this would be a another normal day. I was able to avoid the significance of the day until the introductions began on the unit…and for the first time I had to introduce myself as Dr. Nwoke. It felt weird coming from my mouth…like I almost turned around to meet this new Dr. Nwoke.
As someone who’s pretty laid back about titles, it felt weird to constantly introduce myself like that to the patients and staff, but I can also appreciate that there was something also very necessary about it. As much as I have often doubted my journey to residency, and struggled with which career goals I should be chasing, it was also important to acknowledge that I actually reached a goal… this was a BIG milestone. It made me think of the verse I put in my email signature, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Jeremiah 29:11. So comforting to know that even when I was majorly confused about the next chapters of my life, God knew actually what would happen. So many years before today, I’d entered a hospital introducing myself as “Student doctor…” or “2nd year med student…”, but by the grace of God (literally), today it was Dr. Nwoke.