Verde Valley Medical Center. That's the name of the site for my first clinical rotation!!! VVMC is in Cottonwood, Arizona, a sleepy little desert town of about 10,000 people located in the high desert of central Arizona. Although the city itself is small, the hospital services much of the rural population of central Arizona.
I can't believe how everything played out. As I have explained before, the way the draw worked is that the names of everyone in my Outer Site group (i.e. sites not located in the Phoenix metro area) were put into a bowl and our instructor pulled the names one-by-one at random. As each name was pulled that person got to choose which clinical site they wanted from a predetermined list of hospitals and clinics that our instructors gave us. As luck would have it, I was the FIRST name pulled. Can you believe that!!! I never have that kind of luck.
Unfortunately, the day before I had found out that Flagstaff Medical Center was not accepting students this semester, so I had decided my second choice was Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood. So of course I jumped on VVMC and am now officially assigned to that site. Cottonwood is about 65 miles or an hour's drive from my apartment in Flagstaff. So, althoug it means a lot of driving, I will be able to live at home in Flagstaff with Becky and Imara again. Yay!!!
In a few weeks, I will be contacted by my clinical instructor and will have to visit the hospital for an orientation meeting. I can't wait to get started. I wish I didnt have to wait until mid-August for clinicals to start. :-(
I apologize for keeping you all hanging regarding which site I got. Its just that I was sick for a few days after the draw and spent most of the time in bed, then we drove out to Santa Fe, NM this weekend for a friend's wedding, and I just got back last night. Santa Fe is a beautiful city and I hope to post some pics soon. Stay tuned. :-)