I'm well into my Internal Medicine rotation. Fortunately, I have been well-warned that internal medicine attendings are notorius for demanding perfection, immense detail, and will respond to any lack of the aforementioned with insults substantial in volume and quantity, so it wasn't too much of a surprise.
Here are a few choice events so far:
- doing CPR for the second time (second time for real, that is) in a code blue
- one time feeling like I had learned something about medicine
- most times feeling like I have not learned anything
- being schooled by nurses who know critical care medicine much better than I do
- being asked by my attending doctor, "I was wondering when your brain would turn on" (don't worry, he was joking...I think)
- developing near-delirium after losing my cell phone in a call room (the first time I have ever lost my phone in about 5 years)
- smelling fetor hepaticus - the "sweet, feculent odour" on the breath of a patient with end-stage liver failure
I haven't cried yet, so I think that means I'm doing well.