As I alluded to a few days ago, I'm discovering that the hospital is a horrible place to learn how to be a doctor. I say this for a number of reasons:
- I was given a set of expectations from my clerkship director that apparently only I know about.
- My clerkship director's expectations differ from my preceptor's expectations, which differ from my chief resident's expectations, which differ from my intern's expectations, which differ from the expectations on other teams as well as from that of the teaching resident on call. I have approximately 20 bosses and no defined job description!!
- The words "educational opportunity" is loosely defined as "get the fuck out of my way and go watch X with Dr.Y in the Z" where X, Y, and Z are unknown variables. By the way, if you have not defined X, Y and Z on your own, you are worthless. Thank you janitor for pointing me to OR10...you saved my self esteem for the next 10 minutes until I was pimped again...by the anesthesiologist.
- Trying to get caught up on your work as a surgical intern is a lot like being a dog trying to chase it's own amputated tail. You go around and around and around and around but you'll fall over from exhaustion before you catch it.
- I don't want to be an intern...but it's about $180,000 too late for that one. I've been asked exactly 5 times if I'm sure that I still want to be a doctor...how's that for job satisfaction
- Being pimped in the OR or on rounds is rather benign because it serves a purpose. Unless you're the intern presenting morning sign out at your 24th hour in the hospital with 6 more hours of catch-up work before you can go home and your chief resident is angry at life.
- My feet hurt.
- It is possible to wash your hands for 5 minutes straight.
- Don't fuck with the pancreas.
- Eat, sleep, pee and blog when you can.
My plan is to get up to speed this weekend on what I should know for my service and then to actually define my place next week, if I'm not reshuffled onto a different team again by one of the chiefs. For now...my bed is calling