Green Book vs. Blue Book Clinical Clerkships Explained

I know this may be confusing to some but it’s very simple once you fully understand the difference. A hospital that has a residency for a certain program will have a green book status for that particular rotation. And if there are other rotations then it will fall as a blue book.
For example, for Jackson Park Hospital, it has a family medicine residency program; therefore, the family medicine rotation for medical students counts as a green book rotation. However, the internal medicine rotation at Jackson Park Hospital counts as a blue book because the hospital does not have an internal medicine residency program there. Other core rotations count in the same category such as Psychiatry, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, and Surgery.
If you want to go for Internal Medicine residency then you may want to do your Internal Medicine clerkship at Mercy Hospital instead of Jackson Park Hospital. Some residency programs prefer their applicants to do all their core rotations with a green book status; however it’s not universal so don’t worry about it. The reason I say this is that a lot of FMGs get residency programs in IM but they have no US clinical clerkship experiences. With SJSM you have 80 weeks of US clinical clerkships so that’s why you shouldn’t worry about it.  The same goes with other non SJSM Caribbean students, they have 72 weeks of US clinical clerships.

Halka Halka Suroor

I love music and I don’t think I can go a week without it.  I love South Asian music as it has beautiful melody and it’s language has a certain charm in it’s pronunciation.  Recently I stumbled upon a Pakistani song which is now stuck in my head since it’s been on repeat.  For those who don’t understand Hindi/Urdu the song talks about peace with intoxication due to the gaze of the eye fallen upon a girl.  The original singer was a legend named Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.  This particular version is sang by Farhan Saeed.

Lyrics
Ye Jo Halka Halka Saroor Hai
Ye Teri Nazar Kaa Kasoor Hai
Ke Sharaab Peena Sikha Diya
Ke Sharaab Peena Sikha Diya….2x

Tere Pyaar Ne Teri Chah Ne
Teri Bahki Bahki Nigaah Ne
Mujhe Ek Sharabi Bana Diya

Sharaab kaisi , Khumaar Kaisa
Ye Sab Tumhari Navaazishen Hain

Pilaayi hai Kiss Nazar Se Tunne
Ke Mujhko Apnii Khabar Nahi Hai

Tere Pyaar Ne Teri Chah Ne
Teri Bahki Bahki Nigaah Ne
Mujhe Ek Sharabi Bana Diya
Ke Sharaab Peena Sikha Diya

Personalizing This Blog

One of my peers read the blog and told me that this blog is all about medicine.  Well, that’s the idea when I first started this blog; however, I want to keep things interesting so from today I will write other topics beyond medicine on this blog.  I have many interests and for that reason I will have many other posts.  I try to stay within the medical topics but unfortunately it’s not enough about what’s going on with me in medical school or anything about my interest.

I may post music videos and other materials that would give more flavor to this blog.  I’m hoping this will attract other readers with different interests.  The reason I’m doing this is because I’m near the end of my 3rd year and I will soon, God willing, start my fourth year.