|How do you like my horribly large yellow scrubs? Schnazzy right?|
I'm in pediatrics right now and so far so good. Our half of the class is divided into groups which go around to each of the departments of the peds hospital in 3-4 day shifts. We started in the cardiology ward. I feel like I learned so much, the doctors were really great. Yeah, it felt like a few of them didn't want us there, but they were all very helpful. It was almost felt like we did more knowledge-fact based learning than actual hands on stuff, but I think it's because our teaching up to this point has been lacking in any actual clinical usefulness. (That's what happens when you have people who are so specialized in their subject that they can't apply anything to real life or even speak English- But, I digress).
I feel like they taught me the things I should have known ages ago! I can now almost recognize a murmur, I can sort of read an ECG (by sort of, I mean I can tell when somethings not right but not exactly what), I still have no idea what I'm looking at on an echo, but I assume that will come with time. All in all it was a great three days, we even got lucky and spent a day in the cath lab watching them put in coils and what not for PDA's and other congenital defects. And everyone was so nice- did I mention that?
After peds we had a surgery rotation that we're still in the midst of. I like surgery, but I can't see myself fixing hernias and resecting bowel's all day. Maybe it's just Poland that's making me feel that way, we'll see what the next few days hold, but I don't get the greatest vibe from surgery. We got to be in the room during the first day, but got kicked out today because one of the nurses started complaining about there being too many people in the room. Yes, with our group of 5 there are a fair few of us, but she wasn't being very nice about it. In the end we just watched from a television in the other room. The view was better and we were able to sit down! I should have brought some popcorn.
Side note: I get the feeling that nurses here think they run the show. I've seen them yell at doctors, chat it up in the OR's and in the hallways, and 'bitch' at patients (who are all children) all week. Nurses are important to making a hospital work, of that I have no doubt, but these nurses seem kind of nasty.
All in all, it's been really great. I thought we'd be more 'hands on' than we are, and learning procedures like how to put IV's in or do sutures instead of pretty much 'shadowing' the doctor and having seminars in the hallways, but I suppose it depends on the rotation and it will come with time!