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Rotation roundup: obstetrics and gynecology

So my last obs call shift is officially over as of 8:00am this morning.  It’s a good feeling, outside of the typical hungover, post-call blahs.  Although it was about the weirdest call ever.  Why?

 

  • I slept 2 hours.  TwiceAnd I didn’t miss anything.  (For those who don’t know, getting 1.5 hours is about average for our group.)
  • I only delivered 1 baby, and at the very end of my shift.
  • I got to be 1st assist in surgery.
  • I was post-exam and post-OSCE.
  • I brought a novel.  And actually got to read it.  (The Casual Vacancy has been a refreshing change from Poe.)
  • I sat down for all three meals for 30 glorious, uninterrupted minutes.
  • I’m fighting a cold and actually felt better after my call shift.

Weird, right?

Anyway, now that I’ve put off writing this until the very last second, here’s my quick recap of an interesting 6 weeks on obs/gyne:

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Rotation roundup: radiology elective

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.

Anyway.

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.)

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Rotation roundup: anesthesia elective

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!!)

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Rotation roundup: urban family medicine

And there it goes.  The very first rotation of clerkship, gone in a flash.  I’m excited to be moving on and trying something different… but at the same time, I’m rather bummed.  I mean, I just recently became accustomed to the odd schedule (2:30pm to 10:00pm followed by 7:00am to 2:30pm?  Ouch.),  never mind getting used to the clinic routine, the computer system, the GP’s approach to medicine, my preceptor… it’s all ending so quickly.  There’s just such a huge variety of stuff to see in family med, you can’t possibly cover it all, never mind become proficient at any one thing.  Well, except maybe upper respiratory tract infections.  And cough.  I am the cough queen.  Post-nasaldripAsthmaGERDDrugs.  It’s all one to me, like TBSyphilisSarcoid.

So.  Time to dish.

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REVIEW–Tangled

So, here we are again.  Another long couple of months and a long dry spell for my movie-going.  That sounds awkward.  Hmm.  So anyway, some of you may already know that I’ve been a bit addicted to a particular film of late – it’s called Tangled.  Heard of it?  It’s known for it’s overwhelming awesomeness mostly.  But also for it’s epic-awesomeness.  Herein follows my humble review:

I know, I know, sucker for Disney. Especially fairy tale musicals. After 5 viewings, I figured it’s about time to write something down about why I would possibly spend so much time in a theatre with such dismal sound and video quality. The short answer is characters + music + plot. It’s quite appropriate that Disney’s 50th animated film contains so many elements of other classics like The Little Mermaid (young, naive maiden and the sassy villainess in black), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (the forbidden "road trip" and overprotective parental figure plus the dashingly handsome rogue), and even Beauty and the Beast (seriously – magic glowing flower, amirite?). It gives the characters a familiar feel while throwing them a more modern, snappy script and some fabulous voice actors. (Shout out to Zachary Levi – the man can sing! Who knew?) Same with the plot – some bits seem almost recycled, but tastefully so. And the music. /sigh Alan Menken can do no wrong. Seriously. After seeing it just once, I had "I See the Light" stuck in my head for days. It’s all genius, especially the lively, jig-like dance, and never fails to get me emotionally swept up in the moment. And the visuals aren’t too shabby either! Rapunzel’s hair looks incredible – major kudos there – and the floating lanterns rising above the city never fails to give me chills. So. It’s awesome. End of story.

1/2

And that’s all she wrote.  Seriously.  Hopefully I’ll be shuffling my blog to WordPress in the near future – just as soon as I copy down the lists that MSN is absolutely too incompetent to move.  Gahh.

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SEQUEL SMACKDOWN: The Fugitive vs. U.S. Marshals

  Well, this is the first of what I hope will be a feature on the blog – SEQUEL SMACKDOWN!

Many will agree that The Fugitive is one of the classic thrillers of the 90’s, but how does it stack up against its sequel, which features my much-loved Robert Downey, Jr.?

The Fugitive
Nothing new or particularly noteworthy, but definitely a solid thriller. Ford and Jones *make* this movie, I might add. Not much else to say… there were some moments where I was glued to the screen, others where I was just, well, watching a movie. Worth having in your library.

 4 STARS

U.S. Marshals
Not too spectacular. It often felt like a scene-for-scene rehash of The Fugitive, borrowing extensively from the original’s plot. Jones manages to bring some level of depth, but almost everyone else is perfectly one-dimensional. I’d love to say that Downey, Jr. makes a good villain here, but…. meh. That freshness that usually pulls him through even the most unwieldy of scripts is completely missing. The stunt work is very cool and there’s some edge-of-your-seat moments, but nothing at the same calibre of The Fugitive.

2 1/2 STARS

So there you have it!  As with so many poorly conceived sequels, The Fugitive leaves U.S. Marshals in the dust on almost every count.  Except for RDJ.  But that says a lot when even Robert couldn’t save this lacklustre sequel.  Stay tuned for another SMACKDOWN coming soon!

 

   

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