I’m in the process of catching up on posts – I say “process.” What I mean is “harrowing task.”
I keed, I keed. Got a few things on my plate at the moment, not the least of which is waiting for interview offers from CaRMS, and not the greatest is trying to record some stuff for my annual disc.
But carry on my wayward son, and whatnot.
If you’ll recall, I was in Halifax a few months ago for a 3-week elective in physiatry and a proper debrief is a little overdue. Halifax is a drop-dead gorgeous city and I couldn’t be more blessed to spend a few weeks there, soaking it all up. The weather was lovely for the first week… then deteriorated rather rapidly as late fall turned to early winter. Who knew rain could fall horizontally?
This one’s a bit belated – the CaRMS process has prevented me from getting ahead of my blogging stuff. A sardonic post regarding it is likely in the blog’s future.
(Not to mention I’ve been somewhat preoccupied with this BBC show a couple of people watch.)
But I digress. How are you? Enjoying this atrocious winter weather? It’s been so long, I can hardly remember what you look like. Or your name, if you happen to be one of my classmates. If I give you that searching, blank look when I see you in hospital, try not to judge me too harshly. I daresay you know what CaRMS does to the brain.
Ages ago, I did a rather brief, 2-week elective in Williams Lake, BC in ER medicine. For those who aren’t familiar with this little place, Williams Lake has a rather interestingly blended patient population of vacationers, tradespeople, and Native people from the surrounding areas. It’s built on forestry and a local mill, though its abundance in natural beauty and nearness to places like 100 Mile House, Horsefly, and Wells Gray Provincial park make it a popular spot for summer homes.
But how was the medicine itself, you ask? Cozy up and I’ll tell ya.
I’ll find any excuse to use his beautiful face on my blog. I REGRET NOTHING.
So we jump from the OR to the dark rooms of diagnostic imaging. Well, they’re not permanently dark. They have light switches and stuff. I just think they haven’t been used since the hospital was built.
It was a short, 4-day week because of Thanksgiving, so I had to try and pack as much of this huge specialty into every day as I could. And it is huge. Radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, angiograms, ultrasound… and for each of those there’s a little sub-list of general, GI, obstetrics, etc etc. So what I found is not ever going to be a full understanding of what goes on every day on the main floor of the Alex, but I’ve put together a rough sketch of the stuff I found the most important. Please to enjoy!
(Also, I’m on hiatus for a bit – 2 weeks off, BOOYAH!! Off to Maui, I’ll send lots of sunshine-soaked love to y’all.)
You know you’re getting lazy when writing in your blog once a week seems like an awful lot.
Lazy butt aside, I’m back with another review, this time of my week-long anesthesia elective. I realize now that it’s not quite enough to be able to write a good, objective bit on an entire profession, never mind the sub-specialties within it. But imma try. Imma try good.
So here’s my (slightly abbreviated) stab at anesthesia:
(And happy Thanksgiving!!)
Awww, so cute, a rural-themed pop bottle!
So I’ve made a decision. (Shocking for an indecisive person, I realize.) From here on through 4th year, I’m going to write up each of the rotations as I finish them. Well, that’s the plan, anyway. I have been known to let my laziness get the better of me. [Points to unfinished neurology notes] A nod to Mind on Medicine, where I got the idea.Please note, these are slightly selfish posts. As in, for my benefit and never mind my handful of readers. Because in a large number of months, I have to decide what I’d like to do for the rest of my life, and a quick overview of the clinical years might come in handy. Hell, maybe it’ll even be useful to my med school contemporaries.
It’s nearly summer! Officially, anyway. I’ve always considered it summery if I see sun, blue sky, and a weather report of at least 20 degrees. I make no presumptions about snow or hail. It’s Alberta. Stuff happens.
Anyway, I’m doing an elective in a family doc’s office this week and next in my hometown. There are a few things that need gushing about and a few things that need rants. So let’s do the over-enthusiasm and keenness this week and worry about the cynicism and pessimistic stuff another day, kapeesh?