Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's Up To ME

It's time for me to spread my wings.

Tomorrow is July 1. The day all the interns (first year residents) begin working in the hospital. And....I'm scared out of my mind!

From now on, I can't use the "I'm a medical student" excuse.

In the middle of the night, when I'm the house officer (in charge of everything in the hospital while the other residents and doctors are sleeping) and someone pages overhead saying there is a Code Blue (no breathing, no pulse), it is ME who has to respond. It is ME in charge of reviving the patient. It is ME prescribing the life-saving drugs. It is ME who decides if the patient needs intubation. It is ME who has to read the EKG and decide if we have to shock. It's up to ME!

I begin on an Orthopedic rotation in the morning. I've heard the schedule is do-able (at least as an emergency medicine resident...not so sure for the orthopedic residents!) but it is still a scary thought that I am now, finally, allowed to write prescriptions. I've also heard that as an EM resident, I probably won't see the bright lights of the OR (operating room) - but it means that I am in-charge of the patients in rooms while the surgeons are surgicizing.

"Doctor? This patient is spiking a fever. Can I give them some Tylenol?"

"Uhhhhhh..........I'm just a medical student.........I mean........I'm just an INTERN!"

Wish me luck! And DON'T GET SICK!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Finally....a SALARY!!!

Today marked my very first day as a doctor.....as an emergency medicine intern to be exact.....and also the very first day of getting paid. WOO HOO!!!

We began orientation this morning at 10am (not too shabby...still got to sleep in a bit!) and got a full tour of the hospital and facilities. We had multiple lectures regarding insurance, human resources, and the computer system - and we were done by 5pm. Nice! (Although I doubt this will be my typical day!!!)

It was nice to see my classmates (9 of us graduated from med school together) and it was great to meet the other new interns, especially the other ones who will be working in the ER with me. They were all so kind...and all our personalities are similar...so it will be a lot of fun!

I found out my first rotation - beginning July 1 - will be Orthopedics. I like the operating room, so I'm really looking forward to this!!!

Tomorrow is another day of orientation....7:30am until 6pm (that's probably more like it...).
I'll keep ya'll posted!