Thursday, February 28, 2008

The last time I was asked what I wanted to be I was 5...and it was a horse.

So as I start a new rotation this week (OB/GYN) and try to get to
know a new preceptor, I inevitably get the question, “So…what field do
you want to go into?” Hey, I’m just gonna put it out there…I don’t know
what branch of medicine I’m going into. NO IDEA. I like doing OMM, but
thats not ALL I want to do. Physical Medicine & Rehab sounds
interesting, but I don’t have any experience in it, so who knows if I’d
actually like it. I like working with babies, but being a Pediatrician
is 90% cough & colds & paranoid parents, 10% serious and
heartbreaking. I sometimes think I’m the right personality to do
Oncology, but again, no real experience. So far, the only rotation that
I was excited to get up at 4am for everyday was Internal
Medicine-Cardiology. So, if I had to say where I am leaning, its IM.


Well I can’t exactly launch into this diatribe everytime I’m asked
this. So I’ve had to come up with a quick answer and b/c I’m not sure
what I want to be, I don’t think its a lie. IT does actually interest
me, so maybe it could happen. I mentioned this conundrum to another
medstudent today…


Other medstudent: “So what do you tell docs you want to be then?”

Me: “Interventional Cardio”

Other medstudent: “Why that?”

Me: “Well if I say anything primary, including IM, I get the speech
about how I’ll never make enough money to pay off my loans. If I say
PM&R, they might ask me why, and all I can say is “I just think it
sounds neat.” If I say Oncology, they’ll ask if there is a story there
and then I have to launch into my mom’s story and its just such a
serious conversation when first meeting someone. So I say IM- Intervent
Cardio, b/c 1) IM is general enough to where whatever the rotation is,
it could apply somehow and they don’t feel like they are wasting their
time teaching me, 2) “Cardio” makes me sound smart, and 3)
“Interventional” b/c they always respect the desire to do billable
procedures.”


I’ll have alot of time to ponder my future, while I do this for the next month…


Wednesday, February 6, 2008

How to Deal with Problematic Patients



Homosexuality is on the rise...except in Utah.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Rotations are apparantly like preparation to be eaten alive

My grandfather put the following entry in our family newsletter:

Katie finishes anesthesia rotations
Pat also writes that Katie Jackson should have ended her anesthesiology rotation on Friday. I am always amused to hear about Katie's rotations. I know this is a serious part of her medical training, during which she gets to experience most of the aspects of the practice of medicine on a first hand basis.

Unfortunately, whenever Katie's rotations come up for discussion, I picture my granddaughter hooked to a horizontal spit, being slowly broiled while a cannibal stands by and operates the crank.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Merry Belated Christmas from the Hills!

This sums up whats been going on at our house-

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Vote for LOLMax



This was submitted to I Has a Hotdog, the new doggie version of I Can Has Cheezburger.

Go HERE to vote for it to get on the page!

And I decided to put this on here just so Jesse would have an aneurysm from the cuteness.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Way Better than Bacon Salt

The t-shirts and magnets I received from my father and step-mom–




I don’t think we’ve mentioned it yet, but the Type B girls have a ridiculous gift exchange going. I have Jesse, Jesse has Katie, and Katie has me. I purposely didn’t get Katie b/c for her birthday, I got her bacon salt, and really, how can you top that? So anyway, when I received this in the mail, I automatically assumed it was from Katie. But no, from the dadoo. Good luck beating this Katie!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

"He has more active cultures than the Middle East"


We’re waiting for our 10am patient in the conference room, listening to drug reps talk about insulin. They brought REALLY good coffee from the Atlanta Bread Co, so I am very happy to pretend to listen. Don’t worry, I’ve heard this spiel before. I’d be in trouble if I hadn’t b/c I’m a
little too distracted by my own thoughts.


Rep:
“Lantus is meant to maintain basal insulin levels…”

Me:
(Mmm coffeeeeeeeeee)

Rep:
“… an insulin drip maintained 4 days post surg decreases mortality by…”

Me:
(Oh god, so gooood. It doesn’t even need sweetener)

Rep:
“…so don’t use the sliding scale protocol, you should now use the subQ…”

Me:
(num num num… pretending to listen but actually blogging… and reveling in caffeine bliss…num num num)

Rep:
“…almost 66% of hyperglycemics are undiagnosed diabetics and…”

Me:
(oh thank you Jesus for caffeine, seriously why did I stay up so late watching An Inconvenient Truth? I have a 4-day weekend coming up and it was Netflix. The whole point of Netflix is there is no due date and now what will I watch this weekend? Maybe Hairspray. I should really study for the upcoming Internal Med test. I have no idea how to study for it though. I should talk to…)

My Doc:
“…I didn’t go but Michelle did… what did they say Michelle?”

Me:
(SHIT) “Huh? About what in particular?”

My Doc:
“Which receptor is inhibited in that niacin drug from yesterday?”

Me:
"Dp1 in the Langerhaans cell”

My Doc:
“Oh ok, ya, apparently that reduces flushing…”

Me:
(Smooth one, Hill)




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