Agraphia Medical Tragicomedy

2Dec/05Off

I know I haven't been updating very much (or at all, depending on how you want to look at it), but finals are coming up and I'm definitely stepping it up a notch in terms of studying. I don't want to hit the same hellish 5-days-before-midterms-oh-my-god rut that I was in a couple months ago, so I've been pretty consistantly studying for 6-7 hours a day for the past week and a half or so. I don't know how I would last in med school if I didn't enjoy studying this stuff.

Anyway, I just went to a really awesome ER medicine talk. The guy gave a very honest presentation of ER medicine... the good, the bad, the ugly. And there is a lot of each. I guess I'm finding that to be true for most specialties (want to go through 2 years of residency, work for 40 hours a week and have no stress? Fine, but you'll be a GP and make almost nothing. Want to be hitting a half mil? Neurosurgery may be for you... but you'll wake up at 5AM and get home to the family at 7 every night... plus call).

There were a couple interesting things about this talk though. First off, even though he was presenting ER with all its warts, it still sounds fun as hell. One of the things I'd hate is to lose all of my medicine (I mean, right now I know all my anatomy. What happens if you become an opthamologist and focus on the eye? That's right... you forget almost everything you knew about the rest of the body). Obviously ER doctors are generalists in some respect... they see everything, and they see a lot MORE of everything than GPs do. Also, I know I've got kooky sleep schedules already... I mean, I stay up until 8AM playing Starcraft with TJ (not often, mind you, but it does happen from time to time) and of course, ER docs take shiftwork at all times of
the day.

'Course, you have to tell more people that family members have died than any other specialty. And, you then have to put on your game face because you have 20 other patients waiting to be seen. And patients wait for 6 hours to see you, and you bill for a visit and then receive $.14 on the dollar.

*edit* So I wrote this a couple days ago and didn't post it, thinking I'd add more. Nope. Not gonna happen. Studying too much. Catch you after finals.

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