Scalpel to the Young Doctor

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  • Chapter 23 - In Your Own Words
    24 Oct 2021 • 6 min read
    One of the first lessons in medical history-taking is to ask open-ended questions; all medical students learn this technique. Allow the patient to tell you, in their own words, what’s wrong. This is a...
  • Chapter 22 - The Macabre Maestro
    15 Oct 2021 • 12 min read
    Orthopedic Surgery simultaneously stimulates and demands all of one’s senses. The mere setting is visually arresting. Stark white walls and scrubbed technical surfaces gleam between cases, later splat...
  • Chapter 21 - Scalpel to the Young Doctor
    08 Oct 2021 • 9 min read
    Scalpel to the Young Doctor Every now and then, we took call with attendings who at one point were no doubt competent surgeons, but had missed their exit to ride off into the sunset, and continued ope...
  • Chapter 20 - Volume
    03 Oct 2021 • 11 min read
    Volume The pace at SBH was furious; we’d often finish one case and roll right into the next in a neighboring room—sometimes the second case would already be underway. During that four-month rotation, ...
  • Chapter 19 - Another Day in Paradise
    24 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Another Day in Paradise I slowly acclimated to my new surroundings over the next few months. We bought a house, the rest of my family finally arrived, and I could feel the mellow Midwest vibes startin...
  • Chapter 18 - Sunshine
    17 Sep 2021 • 6 min read
    Sunshine Medicine has undergone tremendous changes in the last few decades, not the least of which involve expectations regarding work-life balance.1 A generational rift exists between those surgeons ...
  • Chapter 17 - Transplant
    10 Sep 2021 • 5 min read
    Transplant As busy as the days (and especially nights) on Peds were, an army of NP’s and PA’s took care of orders, nursing interactions, and other common issues, liberating us to learn. Midwesterners ...
  • Chapter 16 - Broken or Fractured?
    03 Sep 2021 • 14 min read
    Broken or Fractured? When a resident transfers programs, the ACGME must reconcile the rotations they completed at their former program with the rotations they missed at their new one. Due to my old pr...
  • Chapter 15 - Gamble
    27 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Gamble As my third and final Fracture rotation continued, I grew more and more frustrated by the little things. The unnecessary middle-of-the-night pages. The urgent consults for chronic problems. The...
  • Chapter 14 - The Cable Guy
    17 Aug 2021 • 8 min read
    The Cable Guy Over the course of the next two months, the Fracture rotation ruthlessly dismantled me. I loathed the terrible feeling of being torn apart by multiple simultaneous responsibilities in sc...
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