I’m starting to consider starting a weekly recollection of my rotations. Something similar to “Things I Love” which I do every Thurs/Fri, I should start some weekly “Med student rants slash memoirs .” This may help me in the long run since 3rd year is all about getting a feel of the different specialties at the Alfred Hospital, and if I still have no idea what I want to do by the end of final year, I can look back and see which unit I enjoyed most.
Well this week I was attached to the Trauma unit which has been pretty enjoyable, except for the 7:30 am Handovers. The consultants are lovely and unlike other surgical units I have been on, they treat their patients so well. They look at the whole picture, not just the medical problem. The registrars are extremely busy running around doing tertiary surveys, paper work and organising CT scans and referrals and the poor intern is stuck under piles of paperwork.
It’s really surprising to see some of the stupid and just pure-bad-luck things which happen to people. There is a lot of motorbike vs car, bike vs car, paedestrian vs car, etc scenarios and high alcohol and amphetamine levels are like the norm. They get freak accidents, suicide attempts, falls and the list goes on.
I’ve spent my week reading patient histories, x-rays and CTs, talking to patients and then presenting their cases to the regs. Also a lot of running around finding patient files and obs charts for ward rounds and jotting notes in them. Today I helped the trauma intern by doing a discharge summary for one of the patients. Poor interns.. they have so much paperwork to do! He looked really stressed~
Spent this morning in the Fracture clinic seeing patients and then asking the Ortho reg’s to double check. Sometimes, I think I should get paid since I do work interns and reg’s do! Hehe~ There is a growing number of patient files with my scrawly handwriting and signature out there. :p