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Wednesday, July 4th 2007

Day Three And More

He Doesn’t Look Busy Enough

I’m three days into my first rotation, which would be medicine. I’ve got four weeks at a military hospital.

I like my team a lot. Understandably the first rotation is a little bit all the tougher for that fact. I like my team a lot but that July 1st date is a transition for everyone – the intern from a medical student, the resident from an intern. Meanwhile, we’re asking them to teach us how to use the EMR system, where to find things, and just generally teach us…everything. It helps organization and efficiency tremendously.

This ain’t exactly a busy facility. When I left today my team was hanging onto three patients. But it is still a busy deal with all the “get into the groove” that is going on.

Teaching is a tough business, especially when you’re feeling out medical students at the beginning of the year. That said, my one little gripe so far is I’m getting scared to ask questions. This might be a lot on me, how I frame the questions and such, but several times so far I ask a question for a specific concern and get a lot of handholding, where they’ll walk me through the whole thing.

I suppose with some of my demonstrated ignorance so far I’d think I needed help with everything as well.

I will say one final thing, it is a demonstration of the level of expectations of medical students on the wards. You hear from med students from schools all over that you really aren’t expected to know a helluva a lot when you step onto the wards for the first time. While I’m sure that varies from attending to attending and resident to resident and progression through third year I think that characterization is amazingly true.

I have my first call tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll get another patient; one not already worked up by the night cover and who I can get the first ward H&P on and follow from admission to discharge.