Train your trainees

Sometimes, I think clinicians forget that they were inexperienced and under-qualified juniors once, too. There is nothing admirable about learning to place an intercostal drain on YouTube, without senior supervision, as many of us like to brag.

What If Everything You Knew About Breastfeeding Was Wrong?

How does one react to seeing a book cover that claims breast feeding is “big business and bad policy”? If you’re me, you request a review copy of that book, fully intending to expose how wrong it is. As a medical student, one of the important things I was taught again and again is this:Continue reading “What If Everything You Knew About Breastfeeding Was Wrong?”

Implanon in the Bible. Apparently.

ME: I’m sorry to tell you that you’ve had a complete miscarriage. HER: Oh. Okay. ME: Was this a planned pregnancy? HER: No! It was an accident. ME: Are you planning a pregnancy in the near future? HER: Not really. I have one already. I can’t afford another baby. ME: Then I think we should discuss familyContinue reading “Implanon in the Bible. Apparently.”

Listen to me, Examine me, DIAGNOSE ME!

It seems that the in-thing is to want to be a hospitalist. I definitely feel that most doctors I know really enjoy ward-based consultations. It seems like clinics and pre-meds are just those annoying little things you have to do but that aren’t seen as being “important”.

Two beautiful stories from OBGYN

OBGYN is considered one of our “big” internship rotations. The hours are long, the calls are busy, the responsibility is huge. I love when a baby is born. For the sake of honesty I’ll tell you that it’s not always a happy occasion. There are many, many babies born into seriously less-than-ideal situations. But inContinue reading “Two beautiful stories from OBGYN”

Medicine: Keep Up!

I love how fast this field moves, and grows. It is refreshing, and it keeps me on my toes, and it demands: if you’re not ready for change, you’re not ready for MEDICINE! Three years ago, during a Family Medicine rotation, a young Zimbabwean girl came to us for removal of a stick-like thing inContinue reading “Medicine: Keep Up!”

“The Spinal is Working”

A woman lies on the operating table. The medical officer and the intern are draping the patient while the scrub nurse readies her instrument tables. An awkward smell surrounds us out of nowhere. The nurse says, “The spinal is working,” to indicate that the patient “did it”. Poor patient hardly has the opportunity to defendContinue reading ““The Spinal is Working””