Saturday, April 21, 2007

The First Week in Hell

my first rotation in medical clerkship is in medicine. internal medicine has three status, pre, duty and from. duty means you are in the hospital from 7 am to 7 am the next day. pre and from stataus means you are in the hospital from 7 am to 5 pm. so if you're on duty, you stay in the hospital for a total of 36 hours, from 7 am to 5 pm the next day.

i was on pre-duty on my first day. luckily i wasn't assigned in the OPD. first day clerkship on a monday in OPD is the worst first day for a clerk. we mostly continued on carrying orders in the POS (Physician Order Sheet) in the charts and other instructions by the residents. the most difficult thing was probably adjusting to the numerous kind of paperwork and how they are called. for example, a single chart will contain these things that are my responsibilities: a master problem list, database, I/O chart, blue notes, laboratory worksheet, drug index. aside from these paperworks, we have to remember a LOT of doctors names, a LOT of kinds of requests and what kind of form to use, phone numbers in the intercon, places in the hospital, a lot of more shit, in short.

well, i kinda adjusted now, kind of hahahaha. i was on ER duty from yesterday am to today am and i think i like doing OPD the best, we have our own cubicle, our own electric fan (besides the aircon!) focused on us, unlike doing wardwork where the clerk's room is so hot and humid, everybody's in your way, and you mostly run, walk, talk, and play zombie most of the hours.

to be continued...

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