I’m finally getting another Day In The Life post up! This time I’m sharing what a day on an inpatient pediatrics team is like. I had no idea what to expect day to day before I started medical school. I hope this gives you a better idea of what life is like as a 3rd year, and shows you that I definitely don’t have it all together! I’m still working on trying to “fit it all in.” 😉
Day In The Life: Inpatient Pediatrics
4:50am: First alarm. snooze!
5:00am: Second alarm. I’m up! Microwave a cup of coffee (I make a big pot and use it for a few days, which some people think is weird.) and then head to the bathroom to wash my face and put in my contacts.
5:05am: I’m back in bed with a cup of coffee to read today’s She Reads Truth reflection. I also check some blog stats and read a few posts.
5:40am: I quickly grab 2 hardboiled eggs and 2 clementine to eat later at the hospital and head out the door!
5:41am: Get to my car and realize I don’t have my keys. AHHH! They must have fallen out of my purse and now I’m locked out. No one else is home and it’s so early that i can’t really call anyone, so I resort to Uber. Yes, I Ubered to work.
5:57am: My Uber drops me off outside the hospital. First stop is my locker to grab my white coat and put my purse away for the day, and then I head up to the floors for sign out just in time. Phew!
6:00am: Sign out! The pediatric residency is trying a new schedule this month where they take night call instead of having a night float team. The residents are all still adjusting! After we hear about all the patients on our list, we quickly chat in the hallway to divide up the patient list. Then we head to start our pre-rounds.
6:15am: The other med students and I go to one of the empty nurses stations to start chart reviewing our patients. I have three patients today, including one that is new to me, so I spend some time getting to know their history. I also write out my notes so I have everything in order when I present my patients later on rounds.
7:15am: I head to see my patients. I examine them and talk to their moms about how they are doing.
7:40am: We meet with the residents in a conference room to quickly discuss each patient before our attending comes.
8:00am: Our attending physician joins us and we start strategizing the morning. Students aren’t allowed to see a few of the patients for various reasons. We discuss those patients in the conference room, then he attending and one resident go see them. The rest of us start writing our notes while we wait.
8:30am – 11:00am: The whole team is back together to round on our patients. We go room to room and do family centered rounds, meaning we present the patient and discuss their treatment plan with the parents in the room. So many of our patients have some sort of respiratory virus right now (It’s RSV and Flu season!) so we have to gown, mask, and glove for nearly every room.
11am – 11:50am: We head back to the nurses station to start our notes. I only have to write two progress notes since my third patient is being discharged. We also get a text from our attending physician that our lunch time lecture is cancelled today. That was a surprise! We usually eat lunch during lecture every day, so it’s nice to have an hour off!
11:50am: I text my mom and go meet her in a work room to say hi (she’s working today, too!) and then head down to the cafeteria. I grab two “snackers”, which are new to me but beloved by most. They’re basically chicken tacos that are $1.50 each, so I get a $3 lunch. I get one with buffalo sauce and one with barbecue sauce. Buffalo was better! Some classmates and I talked about different specialties since it’s getting to be decision time.
12:20pm: A classmate and I decide to get some to-dos checked off since we have the hour off. We have required quizzes to take for different practice cases we complete online. I was able to review two of them and go take two of the quizzes in an office at the other side of the hospital. Nice to get that out of the way!
1:20pm: I quickly check on my patients to see how they are doing.
1:35pm: My team meets back up in a conference room to “run the list” (go over our plan for all the patients) one more time. We want to make sure we are all on the same page and know what needs to get done the rest of the day. We also talk about a new admission discuss differential diagnoses.
2:45pm: We finish up and our attending says we are free to go once we finish everything we need to do. One med student stays late for call each day, but mine isn’t until Thursday this week. I have a few more things to do, like call a PCP to get growth charts faxed over and talk to a mom to get a more in depth history of milestones. That takes me about an hour because I spent too much time playing with the adorable kiddo!
3:45pm: Finished! I need a right home, so I’m going to wait for my roommate to finish up on Neurology. I have some time so I go visit my mom in her clinic to say hi again.
4:00pm: I go over to the med school to get a little work done. I wind up talking to a friend, though. We are all doing different things so it’s rare that we get to catch up!!
4:30pm: I finally get to a computer, right when I get a text from Ali that she wants to talk Beautycounter. She calls and we chat about about medicine (she’s an MD!) as well as some of the business stuff. I ride home with my roommate while talking.
5:00pm: I’m home! Found my keys on the couch right next to where my purse was sitting. I grab a couple of supercharge me cookies, change into yoga clothes, and sit on my bed to start writing this post.
6:10pm: Time to head to yoga! I’m trying out a new studio that’s really close to my house so I hope it’s great! It would be so convenient to only be a 3 minute drive away.
6:30 – 7:30pm: A lackluster yoga class. It seems popular, but it wasn’t my style at all. There was no flow, no focus on breath, no sensible sequence to the poses. It felt a little clunky. Bummer, but at least now I know!
7:30pm: I swing by Walgreens to get toilet paper and then the gas station before I go home.
8:00pm: I throw together dinner in just a few minutes. I usually have the same thing for dinner each night. It’s just easier when I’m busy. This week I’m having pasta with zucchini noodles, shrimp, and pesto.
8:20pm: Most nights I do one of our practice cases. However, I have a big blog post planned about my purpose and goals that I know will take me time. I scheduled tonight as a night off from studying!
9:45pm: Oh my goodness it’s way too late! I’m will be exhausted tomorrow! I close my laptop, wash my face and do all that good stuff, and then get in bed.
10:01pm: My boyfriend calls me and we chat for a minute or two before we say goodnight. I read a couple of pages of Big Little Lies to wind down and then it’s lights out!