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Rotation roundup: psychiatry

So I never seem to get to these on time.  So help me, it’s the med student semi-professional procrastination taking effect.  I also had 12 hours of driving over the weekend.  So mleh.

With psychiatry, we end the B track, now heading into the “core” rotations of pediatrics, general surgery, and general internal.  And while I’ll miss the more chillaxed B rotations, I’m ready to get going and finish up the rotations I doubt I’ll enjoy as much.

So with that, I give you the latest rotation review!

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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: rural family medicine

I must confess I didn’t really like writing this post.  Reminds me of how much I’ve enjoyed this past month in Bow Island and how very sorry I’ll be to journey into the unknown realm of obs/gyne on Monday.  Bow Island is familiar now; I know most of the people who work in the clinic and hospital, I know I get along with the docs and the staff, I know most of the repeat patients… and now I’ve got to ditch all that in favour of 26-hour shifts and catching babies.

That sounded rather grim.  Let me rephrase.

Bow Island was awesome.  I’m about to tell you why.  Then tomorrow I get to try something totally different and (possibly) equally awesome.

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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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Family medicine – checkpoint reached!

I’m now officially halfway through my urban family medicine rotation, which is odd to see written down.  It’s been a wild two weeks, hard to believe it went by so fast.  In that time, my computer has been dead, raised from said dead status, cleaned out, transferred, and dumped unceremoniously on my couch.  My tablet and I have resumed our love/hate relationship.  I’ve considered applying for a loyalty program with Samsung now that I own one of their phones, tablets, and laptops.  I’ve worn shorts one day and warm trench coats the next.  I’ve seen two very excellent episodes of Doctor Who.  I’ve geeked out over receiving the September issue of Empire in the mail (oooh, the Hobbity glory of it).

Oh.  And I think I learned some stuff in there, too.

Let’s talk about that.

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