Blog of The Anonymous Clerk

The daily trials, successes and failures of a future doctor

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

New location

Sory for the late, late notice but I'VE MOVED! I'm a resident now, blogging at Thanks for looking!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Butt pus

So there I was, on my surgery sub-I, scalpel poised in hand while the resident spread this guys butt cheeks for me. The unfortunate man had an abscess just to the left of his anus. I numbed the skin with lidocaine and made my incision. To my great dismay, nothing came out. I extended the incision a bit farther south and - Bob's your uncle - glorious white fluid came squirting out. We emptied out the cavity, packed with iodoform and put a dressing on it.
Afterwards, the intern told me to thank the resident for letting me do it. "Yes," I thought to myself. "Thank you. Thank you so much for the opportunity to drain pus out of this guy's ass!" It actually is kind of satisfying. It's painful for the patient while you're doing it, but they are so grateful afterwards.

Monday, February 27, 2006


Match day is now 17 days away. I start my surgery sub I today, so that should take my mind off things a little. I do have a few things like yearbook photos to take care of before then. I heard a couple of my classmates discussing a skit they would be participating in. I didn't even know we had a skit night scheduled. I do regret, somewhat, not being more involved in our class. It happened to me in college and it happened here - both times related to having a break-up with someone in the class. That settles it dating my fellow residents next year! Done.
I really don't know what this months holds for me. I hated my 3rd year core surgery rotation. I can't believe this will be as bad as that. But we'll see. The end of thsi month has the potential to be glorious. But it could also just suck depending on where I will be matched come March 16th. Seems all there is for me to do is wait.

Friday, February 17, 2006

2nd look

Feeling generally better about life over the last several hours. Just went for a second look at one of the programs I applied. Very reassured that it's a place where I would be happy. Have to go back to work again this evening. Had a headache of a night last night. Good kind of headache though. Still have to pay bills, exercise more, get my life together, blah, blah, blah.
Will use complete sentences in next post.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Bikes and back pain

Man, it's been a long time since I've visited!
I just printed out an article on low back pain. It cost me $2.30 so it better be worth it! I could've saved $1.30 by leaving out the references and figures. I definitely don't want the references. But, I supposed I get the figures this way.

I'm going to the International Motorcycle show tonight. YES! I'm stoked. We have a lecture in 1/2 and hour, so I'm taking advantage of a little down time to blog. Then lecture. Then, the rest of my day in the ER then...MOTORCYCLES!

There are many event in my life that the reader may like to catch up on. Step 2 CK last week, Step 2 CS next week, graduation breathing down my neck, etc., etc. No time now though.
Thank you to all who still visit my blog. I love you all! And I promise to move to a nicer place next year. ;)

Monday, December 05, 2005

Catching up

I've been getting the urge to blog more and more often lately. My glands are starting to secrete those creative juices again. And there are things in my life going on that are significant enough to blog about now.

Let's see...
I examined a woman with a visual field cut the other day. Never seen one of those before. A right homonymous hemianopsia. She had apparently had this all her life and just not known it. The resident told her not to drive. Her response was, "I haven't been driving for years."
"Why not?"
"I'm one of those drivers that everyone honks at. I get into accidents. I thought I just wasn't a very good driver!"

Finally got our eval's back from my family medicine rotation. They were fine, but not stellar - which is what I expected. I didn't get quite incensed by one of my evaluator's comments though. A second year resident marked 'inadequate performance' in the category of 'displays appropriate, professional behavior.' That gets me angry. If my H & P's are bad, or if my fund of knowledge needs improvement, fine. I can work on those things. And a resident is in a better position to judge my performance in those areas. But what gives her the authority to call me unprofessional? My opinion on what is or is not professional is every bit as valid as hers and I claim that I displayed no unprofessional behavior whatsoever on that rotation. The reason she gave for her assessment was that I, apparently, questioned her physical exam finding in front of a patient. First of all, I don't know what the fuck she is talking about. Second of all, if I did express a difference of opinion (maybe I said "I don't hear a murmur" when she said there was one") there is nothing wrong with that! In fact, it would be unprofessional to simply go along with what she said without making my own assessment. If you don't want to be around people who are going to have a different opinion, don't rotate with medical students! And good luck never being questioned in the rest of your training!
Had to get that out of my system. I think I'll try paging that resident at some point and ask her what she was talking about. But she probably won't even remember.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Vicious cycles

I think I've grown too comfortable with the amount of debt I've acquired. I'm comfortable enough that I don't mind taking on more (there's just so much of it already). And, since I don't mind taking on more debt, I can use my loan money to buy new things. The more things I buy, the deeper in debt I become which, in turn, makes me more comfortable taking on new debt (I mean, there's just so much already).

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