6. What is your normal day like?
I have now been here 11 days and I am slowly getting used to the McMurdo schedule. The medical clinic follows “town schedule.” We work Monday through Saturday 7:30 to 5:30 with one hour off at noon for lunch. People working outside get 15 minutes throughout the day to warm up and eat. Sunday is a free day for most. I will be on call approximately one Sunday per month and will be in charge of the clinic that day.
I wake up at 6:30 AM and then walk to the dining hall where I get breakfast at approximately 7AM. Our walk in patients start arriving in clinic at 7:30. Scheduled appointments start at 9AM. I have lunch between 12PM and 1PM. I then return to clinic for the rest of the afternoon.
I go to dinner after work and then check the white board for nightly activities. So far I have taken a yoga class, a country/folk dance class and have attended some science lectures. We do have bars and a coffee shop for socializing as well. The recreation department helps plan different gatherings. On Sunday, I slept in and then had an amazing brunch. I like to go on a hike when the weather cooperates and participate in the other rec activities.
They have not started happening yet, but eventually I will have the opportunity to go on field trips and “boondoggles.” I think a boondoggle is just a bigger trip that needs permission and an invitation. I will keep you updated as I learn more.