Posts tagged anxiety

Low Battery Warning

On call again. Half way through my shift, my pager has started to flash its low battery warning. No. Not now. Not when I still have follow ups that need to page me.

It is yet another issue to deal with, keeping me on edge, preventing me from sleeping.

Please do not die on me tonight.

Study Week

I expect I will not be posting very much over the course of the coming week as the MCCQE part 1 is fast approaching. I thank you all for your patience and understanding.

I hope to see you all on the other side.

Sincerely,
Tom of the Medical State of Mind

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Anything by Hedley.

One more week until Match Day. The suspense is killing me. There is this gnawing feeling that I did not match but I have to believe that I did what I could and that everything will turn out all right.

The Next Fifteen Days

After drafting and redrafting my rank list, I finally submitted my residency preferences to CaRMS, whose deadline was today. 

Now, it is a waiting game until Match Day.

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Worst case scenario.
Despite my best preparations, there will always be questions that catch me off guard: a situation based question, a philosophical question, an ethical dilemmas. I have already stumbled through these questions during my CaRMS interviews; with practice and experience, hopefully less so.

Worst case scenario.

Despite my best preparations, there will always be questions that catch me off guard: a situation based question, a philosophical question, an ethical dilemmas. I have already stumbled through these questions during my CaRMS interviews; with practice and experience, hopefully less so.

OSCE Passed.
Nervousness gave way to relief as I opened the email and reviewed my OSCE results. I passed. While I did not perform as poorly as I had anticipated, there were areas where I could improve upon. But that is for another day. I slinked back into the chair, closed my eyes and felt the tension in my body melt away.

OSCE Passed.

Nervousness gave way to relief as I opened the email and reviewed my OSCE results. I passed. While I did not perform as poorly as I had anticipated, there were areas where I could improve upon. But that is for another day. I slinked back into the chair, closed my eyes and felt the tension in my body melt away.

The Night Before

I have a full weekend of clinical exams ahead of me and I have spent the better part of this week preparing for it. It was about time I started to feel the pre-show jitters. A couple of dry runs through some scenarios today left me unsure if I would be up to the task. Tomorrow, we will see.

Stressed Out.
The CaRMS application deadline is fast approaching next week and I have yet to finish all of my letters of intent. While I could furiously work on that at my leisure, what is beyond my control are my letters of reference. Although, I have given reminders and received assurances, two key reference letters are still pending.
In addition, I have only recently come to realize how soon my next OSCE is and I have yet to study for it.
Colour me anxious.

Stressed Out.

The CaRMS application deadline is fast approaching next week and I have yet to finish all of my letters of intent. While I could furiously work on that at my leisure, what is beyond my control are my letters of reference. Although, I have given reminders and received assurances, two key reference letters are still pending.

In addition, I have only recently come to realize how soon my next OSCE is and I have yet to study for it.

Colour me anxious.

The Art of Pimping by Dr. Detsky

The term “pimping” was popularized by Brancati in 1989. As he defined it, pimping occurs when an attending physician (the Pimper) poses a series of difficult questions to a resident or medical student (the Pimpee). Pimping usually occurs in settings such as “morning report” or “attending rounds,” in which trainees at various levels convene with a faculty member to review patients currently under their care. Among surgeons, pimping may occur when students and residents are a captive audience observing a patient undergoing an operation. Brancati described the origins of the term, which date back to 17th-century London. Koch’s series of “Pümpfrage” (pimp questions) were used on his rounds in the 19th century. The practice migrated to North America in the 20th century and was documented by Flexner while observing Osler making rounds at Johns Hopkins. Brancati outlined suggestions for attending physicians to further hone their pimping skills and methods for students to defend themselves from it. He posited that the art of pimping would disappear in the future with increased specialization and educational reorganization. This commentary revisits the art of pimping 20 years later and provides an update for faculty members and students alike on modern methods in this important skill.

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Getting Ready.
A morning cup of coffee. A pen and notebook of clinical pearls. A computer full of study resources and questions. It is time to start the day.

Getting Ready.

A morning cup of coffee. A pen and notebook of clinical pearls. A computer full of study resources and questions. It is time to start the day.