Being Remembered

As some of you know, I spend a great deal of my time in the hospital as a medical student, helping about where I can, doing blood work, running things around, talking with patients and answering random questions from residents and interns (a process called “pimping” which is kind of like a right of passage for medical students). I’ve already seen a great deal at the hospital; however, the one thing that has struck me more than any other is the patients I have seen.

I’ve seen a number of older patients, some just in for minor problems but others in as long-term residents. These are the people that have stuck with me. Elderly patients on¬†ventilators, contracted, non-communicative, total care dependent with little to no hope of ever making a recovery. Elderly patients with varying forms of dementia brought on by old age, infection and improperly managed care. Continue reading

Down at the Coney Island…

Well, 2.5 weeks have gone by in the internal medicine training program at Coney Island hospital. I’ve seen a lot of interesting patients which I can’t discuss due to HIPAA and I’ve got to do some procedures. I’m hoping over the next few weeks, I’ll get to do more but it is what it is. I’m learning a lot at times but it really seems like self-directed study. My residents are good about teaching the treatment protocols for the patients but you really have to push to get involved. A lot of times, all I can do is take a history (assuming the patient speaks English – there’s a huge Russian population here) which, at first, was fun but now it’s pretty routine. I could sit in a chair with my eyes closed and probably do it just as well. Continue reading

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