The Differential
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June 25, 2011

Poor Communication, Bad Doctor

"I had a slipped disc and all my doctor did was send me home with some pain medications," he complained to me about his doctor.

I sat, nodded, and allowed the man to express his frustration with doctors. He went on to say that he had seen chiropractors who tremendously helped with the back pain. I just smiled -- at least I think I smiled. Sometimes my face does things without my knowledge. 

The conversation took place outside of the clinic/hospital setting. I have found that people often feel the need to share their frustrations about doctors with me once they know that I am in medical school. The complaints range from wait times to their perception t...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

June 25, 2011

Illness on the Wards

*cough cough hack* I'm writing this one on a sick day from the wards. It first started as a slight tickle in the back of my throat and then progressed to a scratch by Monday night. Tuesday morning started with some hacking and phlegm but I was fine, FINE, I say! I managed...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 21, 2011

June 20, 2011

Find time to slow down

For the last week -- and for about 20 more days between now and August 1st -- I'll be spending my time reading on Canadian health policy. I'm making room to do this because I'll be applying to do my residency in both Canada and the US this fall, but to this point, m...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

June 18, 2011

GSW to the Chest

I remember the first time I saw a team frantically working over a patient only to call the time of death minutes later. That memory, though from a couple years ago, still feels fresh in my mind. This year, I saw it again. It was late in the night. Actually, it was after midnight...

Posted By: Jeffrey Wonoprabowo  

June 18, 2011

Trying to USMLE

In little over a week I start studying for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1, fondly referred to as "The Boards"

*Shiver*

While I've been on my Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation rotation, I've been gathering materials for the wee...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 16, 2011

Hostile Relations Hamper Medical Teamwork

I was seeing my adorable 22-month-old patient with a tetralogy of Fallot variant, status post multiple cardiac repairs, this morning when a nurse who had just started his shift walked in. My patient's sweet 4-year-old sister said, "Oh the doctor's here!" I was laughing to myself a...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

June 13, 2011

Things I will remember when I'm a resident

A short list of things I've heard from residents or attendings that have driven me crazy, in no particular order:

"Oh, are you still here?"

"Why don't you just go read for a while, and we'll page you if we need you?"

And, my all-time favorite: "Do you ...

Posted By: Alex Folkl  

June 12, 2011

Quote of the Day

With a lot of my friends now on rotations and off and running on their residencies, I've been seeing numerous QOTDs (Quotes of the Day) posted on facebook, twitter, and other forms of social media. Here is a selection from the past week:

QOTD (Indian M attending): "Remembe...

Posted By: Carl Streed Jr  

June 11, 2011

Outside looking in

Sometimes my experiences in medicine are so crazy and amazing that I feel like I'm in a TV show. It is this weird dissociation where I'm completely in the moment, but something within me acknowledges the grandeur of the situation and I feel like I'm watching it through a glass win...

Posted By: Arti Allam  

 
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