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    Medic Starting Residency, won't be on as much

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    Hey guys I leave for Toledo tomorrow and start on Thursday. I will try to keep up my at least once daily checking but I may not be able to handle as much moderating as I have been. Just wanted to give a fair warning but I will try. Thanks!
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    Very happy for you!
    What specialty if you don't mind me asking?

    All the best and please keep us informed as you always do.

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    EM and thanks, it's going to be busy!
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    Oh cool, congratulations! I visited that program, medic300107, and I think you will like it a lot. A friend of mine is finishing there this year. Good luck to you!

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    Medic, it would be nice and greatly appreciated if you can post every now and then ,when you can, how residency is going, something like "a typical day in the life of an ER resident", for those of us who are interested in ER.
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    Quote Originally Posted by t-rex View Post
    Medic, it would be nice and greatly appreciated if you can post every now and then ,when you can, how residency is going, something like "a typical day in the life of an ER resident", for those of us who are interest in ER.
    I will try
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    So EM residency post numero uno,

    Moved to my new place in mid June and started things off with ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support) for 2 days. Then we had the general University/University Hospital orientation where we got our stamps and really noticed people referring to us as "doctor" which is a pretty weird and cool thing. I'm sure I'll get used to it at some point...right?! The next week was a bunch of introductions to our 3 different sites, nothing too busy and no clinical work. Mostly ensuring all paperwork is in, employee health stuff, background checks, ID's, health insurance paperwork, etc etc. I never thought I would say but I have eaten enough Panera to last a few months at least. I mean it's better than most food you get as a med student don't get me wrong, but having like 6 meals of Panera in 5 days will do that too a person. Learning 3 different computer charting systems is a pain but I'm sure after I do it enough I'll be fine.

    Our "official" duties started on July 1 which is our start date. The month of July is an "orientation" month for us and is mostly lectures, workshops, and a couple clinical shifts. After that we have 5 months of ED, 2 at University Hospital, 2 at Community Hospital, 1 at Peds Trauma Center/Ped's Hospital. We also have Ortho x1 month, CCU x 1, MICU x 1, OB x 1, Trauma x 1 and a month of mornings Anesthesia and afternoons Ultrasound. We kicked orientation month off with introductions about ourselves (5 minute ppt) to the entire program and a decent portion of the faculty who could attend. After this we had a couple lectures on documentation, duty hours, scholarly projects, etc etc. That night was a welcome BBQ with the PD. Tuesday we started with ultrasound workshop, and did a lot of stuff on how to give professional lectures, more duty hours and logs stuff, and did some work with the clerkship director on how not to abuse our medical students and expectations, etc. Wednesday was about how to give presentations, and some other lectures for common ED complaints. I had a nice 4 day weekend b/c of the holiday so me and some classmates went to a local AAA baseball game and hung out. A couple classmates had their first clinical shifts. We also received our August schedules, in which I am working a lovely 22 x 10 hr shifts plus we have 4 hr conferences weekly. Honestly it's not nearly as bad as surgery who already started call the week before our start date. The scheduling is done based on a circadian rhythm so I start with mornings, early afternoons, afternoon, evening, then a string of 5 overnights.

    This week the class had to do presentations to the MS3's and a few faculty as part of our "learning to teach" program. It was actually useful and I can now say I've given my first presentation as a doctor (again just weird). We also had more lectures on peds, syncope, cardiac, SOB, etc. There were some x-rays to read as well. The rest of the class is currently doing 2 days of PALS which I am exempt from since I just renewed mine in February. I will rejoin them tomorrow afternoon for lectures. Thursday we have to go to the ED and shadow a patient for the full experience but provide no care or advice, just ask them what they think of their experience, wait times, etc etc. We then have to write a 500 word essay on the "Patient Care Experience". We're told it seems silly but most residents appreciate it afterwords. Friday we get a Residency trip to Cedar Point (largest roller coaster park in the US ) provided by the EM faculty. Saturday is our resident retreat and then my first orientation shift is Sunday...duh duh dun. This shift is at our main teaching institution - University Medical Center.

    The rest of the month is ACLS, more lectures, lots more Ultrasound (I think we get a total of about 20 hrs US this month) and other administrative duties. I am also currently enrolled in a MPH program so that is going to definitely be a large time suck which I am going to try to prepare for by doing all 3 months of assignments before orientation month is over. Well I think this wraps up the first post, I will try to get back in August after I have had a couple weeks of residency in the ED under my belt. Overall the month of July isn't bad, classmates are really cool, and it will get much worse in the near future.
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    have you actually touched a patient yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rokshana View Post
    have you actually touched a patient yet?
    haha nope! Sunday is my first opportunity to kill someone That's why I said July is "orientation" month with lots of procedures and lectures. So when we go to rotations we can actually do something instead of just sitting there twiddling thumbs. We only do 2x 10 hr clinical shifts this month.
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