keep on the sunny side

September 3, 2008


so far, i am really enjoying my new role as senior on the wards! i have an excellent crew (an intern, a sub-I, and 2 very new but eager-to-please medical students) and it actually feels oddly natural to be leading a team, even though i’ve never done it before. i really like teaching and organizing and delegating. and unlike some of the seniors of the past that i did not enjoy working with last year, i am definitely NOT afraid to get down and dirty and help with annoying scut work as well, and i think (hope) the intern and sub-I appreciate that.

interestingly, being in charge of the team really motivates me to give off positive vibes as i feel like morale REALLY trickles down from the top. that said, right now we only have 3 patients, making our provider:patient ratio an awesomely ridiculous 5:3. it’s definitely easier to be all sunny-side-up when things aren’t terribly challenging. but i am feeling like this momentum will continue throughout the month as things are bound to get more hectic. after all, it may get busy but IT WILL NEVER BE THE PICU!

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9.2.08

run: 6.7 mi interval run, 0.5% incline
– 2 miles warmup @ 9:06/mi
– 8 x 400m @ 7:30/mi with 0.1 mi recovery running between each
– 2 miles cooldown @ 9:06/mi
my hip feels a little twing-y this morning. i will take some ibuprofen and potentially go to elliptical or spinning for my workout tonight depending on how things feel later.

reading: i spent 45 minutes reading a peds in review article about special infant feeding concerns, which i am going to copy and have my med students read as well. i also made up a fake ‘case’ about a 10 day old presenting to the ER with fever & dehydration that i am going to go through with them. since we don’t have lots of patients (and we are not admitting today!) i can take time for some quality teaching. yesterday i did an interactive talk on rashes and they seemed to really have fun and appreciate it.

2 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous September 3, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I think it is great that you are stepping up to the leadership role. I am sure your crew is going to learn a lot from you.

  • Reply doctorsquared September 4, 2008 at 2:00 am

    I am sure that you are a great resident teacher! I love it when my residents take time out to go through cases with us and actually answer our questions! 🙂

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