Our course director sent out our rotation schedules for next year. It is good to know what I will be doing starting in July. After the preceptor week I start off on a week of autopsy, then a week of histology, and then a stretch of surg path split between the VA and Duke North.
It is funny looking at the schedule because the attitude is, "Yes! I'm working with _____, I love working with them!" but then it is also a lot of looking at it and going, "Awwwww, I don't get to work with _____, I really like them." But there are much, much worse problems to have in the world! We will all still see each other in the PA room, in other classes, and socially so it isn't like being scattered across a dozen different rotation sites in different states or anything like that.
In a way I'm really excited to see the schedule, in another it makes me impatient to be on rotations! I did have a stint at the VA this past week. The derm path folks didn't come in so I got to stay for the entire slide sign out. It was really interesting! For example, I've grossed in so many prostate biopsies (literally thousands! The guy I worked with didn't like them so I would always grab them when they they came in.) but it was the first time I've ever really seen them microscopically. The difference between healthy tissue and neoplastic tissue is pretty drastic. I am sure it will all be old hat by the time I graduate, but for now I like being able to see the whole process through diagnosis.