Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Today was supposed to be a day off, but instead I'm spending it on the labor and delivery floor waiting to watch babies be caught.  We have a thing called the "procedures curriculum", which details the types and numbers of procedures we're expected to do through medical school.  Our class was the first they're trying it out on, and what was originally presented to us as, "here's an idea of what we expect you'll be able to do", turned into, "you have to do all of this before you can graduate"...  Which we found out in December.  Huh.

So, when I was on Ob/Gyn in Feburary last year, I spent my time following MY patients, going to see their deliveries, which happened to mostly be c-sections.  Fast foward almost a year, and I find out I really need to see a certain number of vaginal deliveries to graduate.  Had I know that LAST February, I would have abandoned my own patients in order to watch other people patients deliver.  You've gotta do what you've gotta do to meet the graduation requirement numbers.  But, since I didn't know until 10 months later, here I am, making it up during the end of 4th year, when I could actually be learning something. 

I'm a little bitter about this.

But I'll do it anyway.  Because it would be sad to have $250,000 of debt, and not be able to graduate because I didn't watch a baby be delivered, or put a foley in someone.


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I am a Family Medicine intern at a community hospital in Indiana, navigating the new world of being a physician. I am privileged to work in a field I love, where every day is a new and unpredictable challenge.
I am not only a doctor, but also a cyclist, runner, DIYer in the making, lover of the outdoors, traveler, and human.
Human, MD is a glimpse into the world of a young doctor who is just trying to stay true to herself through the grueling whirlwind of residency.


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