Sunday, July 8, 2018

4th Year Medical School Adventures

If you follow me on Instagram or know me in real life, you may have heard the news that we moved! Kind of... we're actually homeless at the moment. We'd known about the move for a while but with my job at the dance studio, we kept it on the down low for as long as possible so I couldn't announce it to the public until it was actually happening. We have such an exciting year ahead of us and I can't wait to share all of it!

#ButFirst (hey, Julie Chen), I just have to say how proud I am of Parker for all of his hard work throughout these last 3 years of school. It's crazy that he's now a fourth-year medical student! Where has the time gone?

Now a little background information on how this whole medical school thing works... at least at Parker's school. Medical school is 4 years. The first two years take place in the classroom, the third year is spent doing clinicals and rotations in all the different specialties at hospitals associated with the school, and then the fourth year is a lot more flexible with time to do electives in areas of interest. Students are able to go to other schools to do rotations and get a feels for other specialties and residency programs. Parker has a few away rotations set up and each one is typically a month long so we decided it made the most sense to get rid of our apartment for this year and get temporary housing at each place we visit.

So many good memories in apartment 35 on Tallmadge Road <3.

So we officially moved out on Friday after Parker's last test of 3rd year. He's officially in his last year of medical school which is nuts! It's gone so fast! We put our furniture and things we won't use for the next year in storage and packed everything else in our car. We drove across the country and are currently staying at Parker's parent's house in Montana for the week. Then we'll go camping with my family next week. Then onto rotation #1.

I'll share an entire post about our drive across the country because it was super fun and it deserves to be documented! For now, I'll share our upcoming year plans because they are a little crazy and I've been asked so many times where we are moving that I thought it would be easier to put it all in one place ;).

We are going to Oregon, North Carolina, Denver, and possibly South Carolina. Still waiting to find out specifics, though.

I'm so excited about each rotation! All of these locations look incredible and we are really excited to explore. I am very blessed to be able to continue working throughout since I work from 'home' for Chatbooks.

After American Thanksgiving, we'll be back in Ohio until Christmas, then we'll spend Christmas with our families. We have after Christmas to the end of January blocked off for residency interview season and then we'll be in Ohio for February, March, and April. In March, we'll find out where we are going for residency on Match Day! I'll share more about how that works later, too!

Parker will graduate from medical school in May and then we'll be onto intern year/residency! Whaaaat?! It's all gone so fast and I've actually loved this entire process. We will miss our Ohio friends and family so much but we'll be back for a bit which makes leaving a bit easier. And we have such exciting things in store so we are really, really excited for what this next year will bring!

Thanks for all the memories, Ohio! We love you!

Wish us luck!
xoxo, Chelan


  1. SO EXCITING! You're going to so many fun places! Let me know when you're in Charleston! That is high up on my bucket list!

    1. We'll be there at the end of October until just before Thanksgiving! I'll be sure to share our adventures! You should visit while you live out East <3