Dating a medical student blog

Sometimes patients respond with: Come join me for a day and see for yourself why medicine rarely runs on time. That snowball is filled with the inconsistencies of life and patient needs that can be unpredictable.

I arrive at my office, turn on the computer to see my patient list for the day and put on my white coat. While walking down the hallway, my medical assistant greets me as she goes in and out of each exam room, making sure they are stocked. I go back to my station to take a closer look at my schedule. I usually have patients scheduled every 15 minutes, but sometimes the slots are double booked if patients need to be worked in for an urgent issue or emergency.

There are also new patients some with specific issues, some for just a check up post-op checks, ultrasounds, and consultations about getting pregnant or how not to get pregnant. Some patients I know will be fairly quick, not having any issues and some take a little longer.

Hopefully, they will balance out each other out so I can run on time. I still have not seen a patient yet; my first one is late. Eisenberg, I have a patient on the phone that is eight-weeks pregnant and bleeding.

What should I do? So I get on the computer, but the wrong pharmacy is showing on the screen. I have to get out of that window and search for the right pharmacy.

Smith is on line three. I get into my multitask mode and answer the phone while electronically sending in the prescription. Now, back to the patients in exam rooms. I walk into the next exam room where the patient is scheduled for an annual exam. She is a young college student and is excited to tell me she is dating someone.

So I take some time to talk about birth control options and STI prevention. She also was recently diagnosed with a seizure disorder, so I have to take that into account in counseling her about birth control. She decides she wants an IUD and we finally get to the exam.

I walk out of her room, ask my medical assistant to give her a pamphlet on IUDs, and start opening the chart for the next patient. She thinks she is in labor and she looks like it. Luckily, this is a post-op check, and the patient is feeling fine, and after I review the surgery and pathology with her, she is ready to go. Next, I see the patient who thinks she is in labor. Her contractions are every five minutes, and she looks uncomfortable. I check her, and she is 4 cm dilated. She is relieved that the pain is really labor.

I leave the room, call the hospital to alert them as well as the on-call doctor who will likely deliver her baby. By this time, I have completely lost track of time. I look at my watch.

I am running about 15 minutes behind not bad. Next up is a new patient. She is sitting in my office so we can talk. It takes me awhile to sift through her story and her records. I just want my uterus out. I walk out with her, show her where her exam room is and the bathroom. The bleeder is in there. Fortunately, everything looks okay with the pregnancy, and the patient is relieved. Instead of taking my minute lunch break, I use that time to catch up on charting patient visits and phone calls.

I have now seen 18 patients, answered five phone calls and electronically sent several prescriptions. I still need to call some patients about their lab results. That will have to wait for the moment, I have more patients to see and surgery after leaving the office. Sometimes people are late for appointments because of traffic or their babysitter came late, and then all patients after that get delayed.

Sometimes patients call and need to talk to me at that moment instead of the end of the day. And sometimes, it is my doing my cat throws up, my child is sick, I get a phone call walking out the door about my elderly parent, and I get to the office late.

Sometimes it helps me to I think of my schedule as more of a guide rather than a concrete time frame. As much as you want to be seen on time, I want to run on time. I like my day to flow smoothly, go home on time to see my family, make dinner, maybe even go for a run. More importantly though, I want you to know that if you need extra time at an appointment, I will do my best to give it to you. And in return, I hope you understand if a patient before you needs that time, I will give it to her too and may see you a little later than your appointment time.

I remember when I had an emergency, my doctor took the time to fit me into her busy schedule and address my urgent needs despite making her run late.


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