|Residency Graduation Dinner|
This past Thursday, I officially finished my general surgery residency. I had been up all night operating while I was on call one last time, and it culminated with a memorable exlap with one of my favorite attendings. It was a bittersweet moment, as I said my goodbyes to St. Joe's co-workers, resident colleagues, and attendings. I had spent the past 5 years of my life learning to become a clinician and surgeon at St. Joe's, and all I could think of was how grateful I was to have been there. I turned in my hospital badge and pager, gathered my belongings, and drove off the campus one final time.
So what's next? We look ahead to our time in Burundi, East Africa, but there are a lot of steps we'll be taking before we get there. My written board exam is coming up in a few weeks, so my days are now filled with studying, reviewing, and doing practice questions. After my exam, we fly out for our orientation and training with our sending missions organization, Samaritan's Purse. Then, we help my brother Andrew move in to his new place before he starts med school. Finally, we head to Los Angeles to move into our temporary new home, where we'll be parked for several months until we depart the US! There, we hope to find work (actively searching for locums opportunities) and focus in on learning French.
Please pray for me, Eunice, and Toby as we wrap up our time in Ann Arbor and transition to our new home in Southern California. Please pray for us as we prepare to join in on God's work in Burundi. We are thankful for all of our supporters, and hope we can meet up with many of you before we leave.