Will this finally be the year??Saturday, September 4th, 2010 by Shaun Patel
Since my last post, I have finished my pediatrics rotation, which included one week on the newborn service. This service is in charge of exactly what it sounds like - medical care of newborn infants. The majority of newborns have no medical problems and so basically as soon as they are out of mom, they are out of the hospital. Among the requirements for sending them home are some pretty simple ones: eat, poop, and pee. Ah, the hard life of a newborn.
Speaking of newborns, I came across an interesting article on a possible correlation between your birth name and your life expectancy. “…Psychologists have determined that your first initial has a major affect on your longevity, with people whose names begin with A significantly outliving those beginning with D. And, they claim, it could all be down to a subconscious link to school grades, where A represents high achievement and D near failure…” (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1240174/Why-Ant-live-longer-Dec–A-beginning-D-wipe-10-years-life.html)
Returning from that digression, after pediatrics, I moved on to my surgery rotation, where I spent a month on the transplant surgery service (STX) and a month on the minimally invasive surgery service (MIS). Yes, it was quite the contrast going from huge, open STX cases to small, laparoscopic MIS cases. The hours were long and you are on your feet for most of the day, but the material was interesting and the faculty/residents were great. I enjoyed my time on the rotation and a surgical specialty is still high on my list of potential career paths.
I am now currently on my neurology rotation and am on call all day today, which also happens to be opening day for our football season. Along with the rest of Wolverine nation, I am hoping this year is better than recent years. This will be my seventh year on campus and I have yet to witness a victory over OSU. Unacceptable. Will this finally be the year??
In other news, aside from learning medicine and figuring out a specialty, below are some of my other goals for med school that the overwhelming majority of med students have been unable to accomplish:
1) stay caffeine free
2) stay dessert free
3) never accidentally drop your pager and/or phone into a toilet
Two and a half years in and I am proud to say that I have still been successful on all accounts! I am hoping to keep that up throughout my residency training as well, which I hear is even harder to do…