Posts tagged clerkship

Pocket Supplies for Students

  • Anaesthesia: Alcohol swabs
  • Cardiology: ECG calliper
  • Dermatology: Gloves
  • Emergency Medicine: ATLS reference cards
  • Gastroenterology: Lubricant
  • General Surgery: Lubricant, gauze, and tape
  • Gynaecology: Chaperone (will not fit in pocket)
  • Neurology: Reflex hammer and penlight
  • Obstetrics: Naegele's wheel and measuring tape
  • Ophthalmology: Cotton swab
  • Orthopaedics: Measuring tape
  • Otolaryngology: Tongue depressor
  • Paediatrics: Toy
  • Psychiatry: Duress alarm
  • Respirology: Face mask and throat swabs
Service Pen.
Serving me since 2010, the BIC 4-colour ballpoint pen has been my pen of choice while on service. I carry a set of two or three with me in my bag in case I lose one, or if my attendings need to borrow a pen for the day. It writes well, gives me multiple highlight colours for different priority issues when reviewing my patient list and comes at a reasonable price. 
The above is a quick sketch I made of the iconic pen while I was on call.

Service Pen.

Serving me since 2010, the BIC 4-colour ballpoint pen has been my pen of choice while on service. I carry a set of two or three with me in my bag in case I lose one, or if my attendings need to borrow a pen for the day. It writes well, gives me multiple highlight colours for different priority issues when reviewing my patient list and comes at a reasonable price. 

The above is a quick sketch I made of the iconic pen while I was on call.

Pay Grade Zero

  • New Fellow: I need to see someone in the ER, can you see this patient and scope them?
  • Me: You want ME to scope them?
  • Fellow: Yeah, it's a pretty straight forward scope. It's a follow up. I'm pretty sure the scope will be normal. Piece of cake.
  • Me: That might still be a little bit above my pay grade...
  • Fellow: But you said you were a resident right?
  • Me: No, I'm the medical student.
  • Fellow: Oh...

Comatose by Hayden Calnin.

The end of any week calls for a wind down song. Though my week does not really end until tomorrow night because of call, I think there is no harm in starting a little earlier. This is the sound I need.

Priorities

If a patient must decide between staying home to watch the semi-final men’s hockey game at the Olympics and seeing me at the clinic for their medical problem…

…you can bet they will choose to watch the game.

Morning clinic: cancelled for lack of turnout.

For Your Consideration

  • Attending: I think you are doing great. Keep it up.
  • Me: Thanks for the feedback.
  • Attending: I think you would have done well in the specialty.
  • Me: Well...
  • Attending: Ever give us any thought?
  • Me: There was a time, but CaRMS is now over.
  • Attending: There is always the future. Just something to consider if you have a change of heart down the line.

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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The clinic is a prison.
A surgical resident comparing clinic duty and surgery.

Specialized Supplies To Keep In Your Pocket

  • Each specialty has their own niche that requires a different set of tools. It is important to always come prepared for what you need to do.
  • Neurology: Tendon hammer
  • Surgery: Lubricating jelly
  • Otolaryngology: Tongue depressor
  • Et cetera...

It only took thirty minutes back on service to make me realize that these next four weeks will be grueling. Here we go.