Thursday, September 1, 2011

Resident Life

I've graduated medical school  and have already been in residency for 2 months!

I spent the month of July in Vascular Surgery learning all about bypass surgeries, AV fistulas,  abdominal aortic aneurysms, etc. I was overly anxious in "stepping up my game" to take care of patients. Most importantly I learned that time management is going to be one of the most important skills to master.

During August I worked on the Orthopedic service spending a lot of time in  OR doing joint replacements, arthroscopy, and fixing fractures. Outside the OR I have learned more about performing  knee and hip examinations. My personal area of most improvement has to be shoulder exams. Who knew that joint was so complicated? Shoulder pain can be caused from arthritis(2 possible joints), rotator cuff tears, labral tears,  or tendinitis.

Poor David has been left to fend for himself since I'm out of the house at 5:30 am and don't get back until 7pm. Once I do get home, I make him be my test patient for practicing examinations. In these two months he has expanded his cooking repertoire and adjusted his sleep schedule for the new resident schedule.  Hooray for husbands!

1 comment:

shaunie said...

You sound like one busy woman. What are you aiming for - general practice physician or specialist? It sounds like you're learning a lot!