For Medical Mondays today, I have two questions. The first is probably easiest to answer by anyone, the second is maybe a little more specific.
1. What do you do when you have a famous patient?
I may or may not have treated a somewhat famous person in the past. Not Mandela-famous, but anyway. I believe in confidentially so I’m not asking about blogging or anything, but what I’m wondering is how you would approach such a consultation. Does one pretend that you have no idea who the person is, or do you refer to their work and ask how things are going?
2. How do you use an ophthalmoscope?
I am currently rotating through Ophthalmology, a discipline I have always been interested in, and I am thoroughly enjoying it. However, the handheld ophthalmoscope is proving a real challenge. I think I’m doing everything like I should, yet it is nearly impossible for me to make sense of what I see on fundoscopy. I am correcting for my myopia, I am dimming the room appropriately, I am using the dial to focus more. I generally manage to locate the disk, but I struggle to identify the border of the cup. IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE IN THE TEXTBOOK PICTURES, GUYS! Ugh. Our doctors say it just becomes clearer with more practice, but I worry that there is something I’m missing. Any advice?
if you have any thoughts on these questions, I look forward to hearing them. Or, you can click below for another recent post. 🙂