It’s official! I have picked my rotation for my 3rd year in medical school as the following:
3. Internal Medicine
I’m really excited about surgery and peds! Once I get through Step 1, I’m going to have so much fun finally being responsible for my own patients and being on call! I have a feeling I’m going to regret that last sentence once I begin.
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One of the first things we’re told while starting medical school is that a few of us will become hypochondriacs. So appropriately, I’ve been studying microbiology intensely over the last two weeks and pretty much burnt myself out with 10 hour study days. I decide to book an appointment for a massage in hopes to reset my mind so I can get back into studying.
I show up at my appointment, undress and the first thing I notice when I’m about to put my face down into the massage table is that all they have is tissue paper protecting my face to their table. All I could think about was the different microbes that could be living there. All the encapsulated and spore forming bacteria that could survive from previous clients. I decide to just man up (yes, man up in a massage parlor) and just put my face in. The entire massage all I could think about was what bacteria’s I could be infected with if the masseuse accidentally punctured my skin with her nails or if she didn’t wash her hands after using the bathroom. If I was infected, what antibiotics would I use? What symptoms would I get to come up with my diagnosis? FML. 1.5 hours after, I pretty much paid money for a study session.
*just in case you never heard of the RED advice mallard meme, it basically gives you bad advice. Please don’t be an idiot. Use these “tips” appropriately.
1. Tell doctors they are doing their procedures wrong and that you’ve read in a text book that it should be done this way instead. Doctors will be impressed by your knowledge and will praise you with compliments.
2. Point out senior doctor’s bad habits. When you see a doctor just casually wash their hands instead of properly scrubbing in, let them know. No one wants bad habits.
3. When a doctor tells you to do meaninglessly paperwork, let them know it’s a waste of time and it’s not what you signed up for medical school for. Doctors will appreciate your honesty and will respect your assertiveness.
4. Haven’t had lunch? Complain to the boss that you’re hungry and there’s too much work to do. Everyone loves a person who speaks up.
5. Let the patient know it’s your first time doing a procedure, they will be extra nice to you and it won’t scare them at all. Patients love and welcome newbies. All of them want to be your first for an epidural.
Scrubbed into surgery and I decide to read the post surgical report and saw that the nurse entered my name under surgical assistant as J. Chang. MY LAST NAME IS NOT CHANG! Not even close…
A little over two months ago, someone very important to me passed away from bowel cancer. As I spent my final moments with her, watching her health deteriorate, I felt hopeless. Knowing nothing about medicine or any of the treatments the doctors were giving her, I felt the only thing I could do was sit back and watch while I put 100% of my trust into a doctor hands. Meeting him merely minutes before telling me he was going to cut into her was not reassuring. I realized that as a doctor, patients have to invest a lot trust in you. First impressions, confidence and knowledge can determine whether a patient accepts or denies treatment.
It’s been nearly a month working in surgery for me and I’ve learned and seen so much. Last week I witnessed a left hemicolectomy where the doctor removed a huge tumor from the patients bowels, the same procedure my auntie went through. As I stood there, the surgeon removed 2-3 lbs of bowel, it reminded me of her and how I am now on the other side of the operating doors. Over the last year, I can feel myself growing and becoming the person I’ve always wanted to become. Learning about diseases, medications and treatments which could save lives and potentially could have saved my auntie’s life. If only I knew some of the symptoms earlier, maybe I could have recommended she got her colonoscopy earlier. I hope I can use this experience to help motivate myself to work hard and not only become a good doctor but one that can actually make a difference in medicine. Experiences like these is what drives people to do amazing things. I can make my auntie live on through the motivation that she gives me.