Discussion in 'General Chat' started by gomestar, Jun 25, 2012.
can really be explained. imagine a bloody lacerated pale baby. it is horrible. i am crying inside now.
pB, why did you see one today? live, or online?
thank you for saving me a gag.
Do you think doctors are blasé about such diseases or is it still horrifying every time
^WTF? That's crazy.
Acute compartment syndrome? Yeah, shut up.
no p, bro.
i imagine a bit of both. but also, i dont think that is very common place, so most docs i would guess are at least mildly horrified.
i will alert doc lawrence to help us out.
pB - you still havent explained why you came in contact with this.
If they're in a field where they come into contact with this kind of thing, they get blasé very fast.
My dad is a retired infectious disease specialist and he used to read the gnarliest stuff at the dinner table. Stuff with graphic photos of suppurating ulcers, bloated testicles, etc.
did you read along?
when you see such things in person (like in rotations in large government hospitals during clerkship/internship) its not as bad as the pictures.
its different for every one, but seeing really progressed dermatology cases always gives me the willies.... like a pus-y festering carbuncle. or a really advanced case of scabies where you just want to bathe in a vat of isopropyl alcohol after even being 10 feet near the patient.
i did a month long pediatrics rotation during clerkship (3rd year med school) in a 3rd world government children's hospital and you'll see really horrific things. I was lucky enough to see a harlequin baby, but it was a mild case where the baby was totally smooth and actually pretty cute.
thanks for the input doc.
i still have the willies just from my quick glance at the online pics 4 hours ago.
Ralphing up Scotch is not recommended
I just googled scabies
I've been talkin to my med school friends and third years plus have the most horrific schedule ever. She gets there at 530 am leaves at 6pm. If she's on call she stays overnight so overall 36 hours in the hospital. Apparently some doctors don't even give them a break. She told me her friend in a surgery rotation has to eat pee poop in 20 min before going in the or cuz once you scrub in you don't go out and it could be 8 hiurs before youre out. Doctor harass you with questions you should know so you have to do a lot of reading on the weekends. And to top it all off youre basically paying money to work like that.
the 36hr shift is alive and well in the surgical rotations (general surgery and OBGYN). the medical rotations have adapted and at worst will have a 18hr shift... but usually have a floating 12 hour shift... hence the spill over of tons of medical school grads who now go into things like derma/pedia/ER med/family med ect... the quality of life is so much better during training.
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there's a bit of a stockholm syndrome thing that happens though because when you talk to your friends when they're PGY-1/2 ect they will look back on those days fondly like fucking idiots.
on surgical rotations you're supposed to be promptly subbed out after your shift is over - but you still have to endorse your patients (sit together with the senior residents) while you go over your cases/patients to the incoming shift.... old school endorsements would have a mean consultant there that would shame you for not knowing the tiniest details about a case - even though most of the time you do know, but you're 36hrs sleep/food/shower/rest deprived to answer coherently.
the best part of surgical internships? if you're at the end of a 36hr duty... and you still have a patient that is going into surgery/going into labor/ect you're actually expected to stay with the patient and do the surgery (it teaches you about patient/case ownership).... so that 36hr duty can easily turn into a 48hr duty or even longer once the surgery is over.
Yes. In large part this is why I am not a doctor. That, and the night that the state police rang our doorbell at 3 AM because our phone was off the hook and the hospital needed to reach him.
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