(Just wanna say – after talking to kids nearly exclusively for 2 months, it’s going to be awfully weird talking to adults again. No more commenting on how much I like their Dora socks or what kind of sticker they want.)
It’s been two whole months with the focus entirely on children – it doesn’t feel like it, having spent only a few weeks in each place. For those who aren’t familiar, our pediatrics rotation is split into a number of parts: Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU, i.e. inpatients), outpatient clinic, subspecialty clinic, CTU call, and pediatric ER, as well as a few half-days in neonatal intensive care (NICU). They’re all very different, so it’s hard to review them all as a cohesive group, but I’ll do my darndest.
Working with kids is a pretty unique part of medicine; in very few other places is the family unit so essential to every meeting and every appointment. Not only that, but your approach can be entirely different for exactly same presentation depending on the patient’s age. It presents an interesting challenge and makes you really think broadly.