The Differential
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April 24, 2009

Awkward times

"The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate."

Clinics can be great -- you get to see lots of patients, you have the doctor on a one-to-one or two-to-one basis so can usually get a good amount of teaching and, if appropriate, you can often get to hone your examinations. However, the most awkward times I've experienced as a medical student have been in clinics, too.

There's the times when the doctor doesn't introduce you so the patient has no idea who you are and throughout the consultation occasionally looks at you like "who the hell are you?" and you'd love to tell them but n...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

April 20, 2009

Post Call Blahg

What do you do post call?

It seems like I'm post-call all the time these days.

I'm on one of my last rotations of medical school: orthopedics trauma. It's one of the busiest services in our system. The county hospital in Seattle is the only...

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

April 19, 2009

Triage for Your Life: Making Priorities in Medical School

Triage Time! How do you decide what to cut out when you realize you are doing too much?

It's happening again, I've taken on way more than any one person could possibly hope to manage without cloning themselves or going crazy. First, as you all know I'm in medical school. T...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

April 17, 2009

Do We Try Too Hard to Help?

In the town where my medical school is located there are a lot of stray dogs that wander the streets and neighborhoods. Recently, while I was driving I saw a group of three dogs. All were about the size of a beagle except that they were not the same breed; in fact, they weren&rsqu...

Posted By: Edward Pokorny  

April 16, 2009

Dressing for Your Specialty

"Clothes and manners do not maketh the man; but, when he is made, they greatly improve his appearance."

There are major advantages to A&E (accident and emergency): it's exciting, it's varied, and you can wear scrubs ALL THE TIME. Thus getting ready in the morn...

Posted By: Lucia Li  

April 12, 2009

Where Is My Patient's Chart?!

I want to find out how a patient of mine at the hospital is doing.  After seeing her quickly in her room, I want to check out her most recent lab results, have a look at her recent CT exam, and see what the various doctors on her case are writing.  I go to find her chart...

Posted By: Kendra Campbell  

April 12, 2009

The First Cut

It's harder than it looks.

"No, like this," my attending said, taking the scalpel back from me and grasping it like a pencil.

"OK, now cut," he said, pointing the handle back toward me. As I took the scalpel, he continued to watch my hands intently.

It's ha...

Posted By: Ben Bryner  

April 11, 2009

Speaking Up On Everyday Issues

In my last post I confessed to forgetting to wash my own hands because I think it's important to acknowledge that everyone makes mistakes and needs to be open to feedback from both patients and peers. It's also important to speak up when you see others making mistakes or doing thi...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

April 10, 2009

Ask Me If I've Washed My Hands

I've been known to forget to wash my hands. The nursing supervisor at the hospital tells me I'm the only medical student she's ever heard admit this. But it happens. Another confession: I was videotaped once during a simulated clinical scenario starting a complete exam on a standa...

Posted By: Sarah Averill  

April 9, 2009

DSM IV: Senioritis

Anyone out there have senioritis? Surely, you've diagnosed this condition before in yourself or others. But what approach have you used in your clinical evaluations? The

Posted By: Thomas Robey  

 
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