Expect dating medical resident
The human body is a fascinating construct, and the challenge of solving complex medical problems is one of the thrills of medicine.It is humbling to realize how much there is still to learn. Every pathology is located somewhere in the body, and oftentimes the only way we can find out more about the problem is by pushing until it hurts.This series of articles will provide a small window into what to expect once medical school begins.The path to medicine is demanding, but so rewarding.Studying in med school becomes a part of your everyday routine: class, eat, study, repeat.The library, coffee shops, and study lounges become like second homes.Remember, nobody comes into the doctor’s office when everything looks normal and healthy.An abscess with something sticky coming out of it, smelly fungus between the toes, and little scabies up and down somebody’s arms may sound like a nightmare to some, but it’s a productive Wednesday evening for a medical student at the free clinic.
In the short five months that I have been in medical school, I have already come to realize certain truths about the medical community from a student physician’s perspective.One of the first things we do upon meeting a patient is give a physical exam, and clothing only gets in the way.We wear disposable scrubs in clinic because at any moments notice, we may have to examine a patient covered with mucous, blood, and who knows what else.Even friends and family have asked me to take a look at strange bumps and bruises on their body.
We work in a field where the patients wear nothing but a paper-thin gown and slippers in the hospital.I will explore the emotional travails of internship and bring you a better understanding of the training process for doctors in the United States. Twenty new interns have undergone more than a week of orientation, getting their ID badges and passwords; learning where to eat, rest, and find scrubs in the hospital.