- The hand is enormously complex. There are tendons, nerves, muscles, vessels running everywhere. I have a whole new respect for hand surgeons.
- Always tell a patient what you are about to do and why, especially if it's a woman and whatever you're doing is near her breasts.
- As a corollary, if you need to elevate a woman's breast in order to listen to her heart, use the BACK of your hand. If you use the palm, it qualifies as a caress. That tends to cause lawsuits.
- Holding the lungs in your hand is cool.
- Holding the human heart in your hand is even cooler.
- How did med students learn before google? Seriously. I use it nearly as much as my texts.
- MUCH of med school is self taught. The profs are there and they provide the material but in the end, it's just you and the material.
- On the other hand, I'm impressed at how helpful and caring the faculty across the board have been.
- When you can eat breakfast while watching the video on how to do the gross anatomy dissection for the afternoon, you are pretty much desensitized. Of course, I ate during the Miracle of Life video during our birthing classes many moons ago so I've been desensitized for awhile now.
- With the exception of the gunners, the large majority of students are just trying to survive, much less excel.
- When I take a step back and look at it all, this is soooooo cool. I love it.
October 9, 2010
Here are some random and unrelated thoughts from my first block.