Open Minded Health has been running for 7 years.
Just let that sink in. For seven years I’ve been posting about gender and sexual minority health. Sometimes I posted weekly, other times biweekly. All through medical school, personal illness and injury and tragedy. And Open Minded Health is still here. Some marriages don’t survive medical school (mine did!). But Open Minded Health did.
On March 16 I found out that I matched into my preferred specialty of Family Medicine. And I learned where I will spend the next three years of my training. On May 13 this year I graduated medical school. I am now a physician. And on the 29th of this month I will begin the next phase of medical training: Residency.
For those unused to thinking about medical education, residency is a kind of on-the-job training all physicians must go through to become licensed. Residency is so called because residents almost live at the hospital. Long gone are the days of 72 hour shifts and wheeling patients to the X-ray machines ourselves. However, residency is still a grueling time. We may now be capped at 80 hour work weeks. And I may personally only rarely need to pull a 24 hour shift. But it’s still an intense time in medical education.
For me, residency is made all the more complicated by location. I was lucky enough to get one of my top two residencies. It was one of the three closest to my home. However that means it’s only..a one hour drive away. My wife and I have made the difficult decision to continue to live at home. So I will be entering the hardest education of my life, and adding a commute on top.
All this leaves very little space for Open Minded Health. That doesn’t mean Open Minded Health will end. I firmly believe in the mission of Open Minded Health: To bring health information to all gender and sexual minorities, so that we can all make the best health care decisions for ourselves.
What this may mean is less frequent, sporadic updates. It may mean guest posts and additional authors. It may mean a formal hiatus from new posts for a while. At least, until I get settled. I’m exploring options.
What this does not mean is a complete end to Open Minded Health. This website, and Trans 101, will stay up. I will continue to do my best to check on and respond to comments and questions.
For now, please accept my gracious thanks for being an Open Minded Health reader. I will update when I can.
Take care, all. Remember to play safe, see your doctor regularly, and enjoy life!
– Dr Rose Lovell