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The daily life of a medical resident..
a.k.a "It's 2 AM and I'm looking at urine outputs."
Tue, May. 11th 2010
Sheer laziness, care of a Demanding Ward Month. Note the capitals. Demanding in the way that I am HUSTLING in order to not break the 80 hour rule, in a program that is pretty darn good about not giving us more than 320 hours' worth of work to do in a month.

So yes, busy times.

Quick updates:
New house! Out in the burbs. Longer commute, but I have a backyard. And flower beds. And a functional kitchen. All of these are extremely important to maintaining my sanity.

Still married! To a saintly, patient husband doing his own share of studying these days - taking the final EMT certification here soon! It is awesome watching him take to complex acid/base questions and trauma scenarios like a pro. I like to think I helped in some small way as my blathering about medical stuff for the last three years primed him to learn the material. :)

Almost Not An Intern! Less than 40 days until the end of this year, and my turn to be an upper level. The thought than in 2 months, instead of BEING an intern, I will HAVE interns is.... a little crazy, but also very cool.

So all that said and done, here's my laziness. I have 6 excellent entries written, if not typed (2 all-day lectures) so while those percolate.

Questions about matching, residency, or the occasionally spirit-sucking year that is internship? Ask me about the best, the worst, the weirdest, anything you want!

I'm bad about responding to comments as I inevitably forget to turn on email monitoring and thus find questions months later, but I'll do my best to post questions to anything you want to ask.
Wayne State University Class 2009
Wed, May. 12th 2010 (UTC)
What are the medical professionals saying about "Obamacare" [for lack of a better term]? Do opinions vary at all among doctors, nurses, specialists, or administrators? As a medical professional, can you forsee any unintended consequences of the legislation?
Tue, May. 18th 2010 (UTC)
It's falling along party lines at the moment. Liberals tend to support it, while conservatives are concerned for re-imbursement.

I predict we'll continue to see rising volumes - God knows how we'll deal with it. Seriously, we run at 110% capacity for 4 months of the year, I don't know where we will PUT any more patients.
Wed, May. 12th 2010 (UTC)
I know that geography and the needs of your significant other factored into your residency program picks. That said, looking back on the process of choosing a program (and given that you sound pretty darn happy where you are):

What did you do well? What would you have changed about your approach? Have you identified any chance events that altered your decision?

Thanks, and congrats on almost being done with intern year. =)
Tue, May. 18th 2010 (UTC)
You can't cast a wide enough net. Looking back, I should have interviewed at more programs, just to see what would have happened. As long as you're not spending large sums on getting to interviews (Driving is ACE!), it's worth it to see all the potential programs you can.

Take EXCELLENT notes, written about each. Write down the names of the people you meet. It will all be jumble later.

I think my pre-interview dinner nearly sealed the deal that I was coming to the program. The three residents I met that night are some of my good friends now, and that's one of the most important things when it comes to residency.

The chance event that really ended up sealing the deal is when I took a BIIIG chance during the interview. I sat down with the program director and pretty much said "Here's what I'm looking for, here's why I think you guys have it, why I would be a good fit and I Want To Come Here."

He admired my chutzpah, I think. But yes, that was a risk that ended up paying off well.
Wed, May. 12th 2010 (UTC)
Your study would have prepared you (or at least warned you) of certain situations/emergencys/crises. What was one where you walked in and you knew exactly what to do, thanks to the previous study, and what was one where you walked in and the response needed was completely different to what you had been taught?
Tue, Jan. 11th 2011 (UTC) - Questions...
I'm only in high school but ever since i was little I wanted to be an Ob/Gyn. After Medical school, you go into an internship, right? And then during that year to you 'rotate' through different specialties or can you stick with just one? Sorry if my question sounds stupid or childish or something to you. But what do you do after you're done being an intern? Then do you go into a specialty (if you didn't as an intern)? Sorry, again... I tried to research it but I couldn't find this kind of information anywhere...
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