Time Flies

For the past two weeks I’ve been back in the ICU.  6am-7pm or later for 12 out of the past 13 days.  It’s been hard at times, but also very rewarding. Things that were challenging the last two times around are now becoming old hat.  You don’t realize you are learning all this medicine, it’s not an active process as during these months you have absolutely no energy, much less time, to read when you get home at night. Somewhere along the way it just sort of happens. Without really doing anything different, you start to have a better grasps of your patients, what needs to be done for them, what others are doing for them, what’s going to work and what won’t. The flow of information feels like it starts to slow down and becomes a bit more manageable. And it’s nice when the attendings start to address you more as a colleague and less as a med student. It feels good to know they are starting to trust you just a little bit.

About ER Jedi

I’m a resident doctor in Emergency Medicine and I’ve learned during the past few years that 1) I’ve had some pretty amazing experiences 2) I have a very bad short-term memory. So this blog is just a place for me to write about some of these experiences, from the ER, medical school, the wards and life in general. At least that way I’ll have some idea as to where I’ve been all this time. A scrap-book of sorts, a place to vent, organize some clinical tools and post a few good songs I’ve heard along the way.

Posted on February 13, 2012, in Residency. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Think you have it hard now? This guy weighed over 300 pounds when he started his residency. Hadn’t started shaving yet – good looking dude though.

  2. This is such a reassuring post to me. I’m only a third-year med student, so of course I’m studying a fair amount still, but a lot of the time I just feel like I’m never going to make it to the level of medicine that Real Doctors operate at. So to someone at my level, this post is saying, “Chill. Just keep working and studying and working and it will happen like it’s supposed to.”

    So, ah… thanks.

    • I can remember feeling that exact same way when I was in med school as well. I couldn’t imagine how the residents could possibly keep track of so many patients at once. Even now I’m still impressed when the senior keeps track of the whole 20 bed unit without writing anything down, they just seem to know.

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