Posts tagged clerkship

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.

The Last 100.
As of today I have for better or for worse, 100 days left till graduation. Some days I cannot wait to be finished; other days I feel wholly unprepared to face the real world. Once those two fateful letters appear behind my name, A sense of security - knowing someone will inevitably check your work - is gone. I will be expected in part to know enough to do my part and do it well.
It is not uncommon to have these pre-show jitters. In the end, I am sure everything works out fine, but one cannot stop but worry sometimes.

The Last 100.

As of today I have for better or for worse, 100 days left till graduation. Some days I cannot wait to be finished; other days I feel wholly unprepared to face the real world. Once those two fateful letters appear behind my name, A sense of security - knowing someone will inevitably check your work - is gone. I will be expected in part to know enough to do my part and do it well.

It is not uncommon to have these pre-show jitters. In the end, I am sure everything works out fine, but one cannot stop but worry sometimes.

We treat patients, not diseases.
All healthcare flows through the relationships between the healthcare provider and patient.
The spoken language is the most important tool in medicine.
Eric Cassell, Talking with Patients, 1985.