I just finished up my two week emergency medicine elective, and remember on the last day to do a day in the life post! Most of my classmates will rotate through emergency medicine during their fourth year after all of the other required rotations, but I applied to do an elective this year partially because I was curious and partially to get it over with 😉
I ended up loving it! So much has to do with the team you work with, and everyone was so amazing. The doctor I worked with most of the time (no residents at this hospital) really focused on getting me a wide variety of experience and the learning was rapid fire. By the end of the two weeks I was reading ECGs, doing pelvic exams, suturing, draining abscesses, and more (all with physician oversight, of course.) I think it will be really helpful to have this under my belt before my family medicine and internal medicine rotations.
I am not sure that emergency is the right field for me because I really enjoy continuity of care, but I am so grateful for the two weeks. Here was this past Saturday!
Day In The Life: Emergency Medicine
6:30am: I wake up and my roommate’s dog Winston comes to give me some kisses. I decide to stay in bed because I can. No early shift today!
7:30am: Wake up part two. I’m still pretty groggy since I’m recovering from a cold, but I know I’ve slept enough and need to get moving. My roommate is making breakfast in the kitchen. I turn on the news and then we chat for a few minutes about Winston and how he always (weirdly) seems to find chicken bones in our backyard.
7:50am: I slice a piece of the frittata I made, grab some coffee, and eat. I also start on this post.
8:05am: Browse The Stripe’s Weekend Reading post. I love it! This post caught my attention because I feel like the 1983 cutoff is too early!! I think I belong more in this group than millennials…All of the technology didn’t come around until late high school and I definitely watched those TV shows they mention:)
8:20am: I do the dishes and clean the counters. Alli is vacuuming. She goes on cleaning sprees on weekend mornings and sometimes I decide to join.
8:30am: I open my SnackNation box! I was send this box to review and am super impressed. A huge variety of boutique-like snacks (is that a thing?) They also donate a meal for every box purchased and offer huge versions you can buy for your whole office!
8:40am: Start to get ready for yoga. I promised my friend Lewis I’d go this week since I was out of town at the wedding last weekend.
9am-10am: Yoga at Tower Grove Park with friends. Every Saturday morning from spring into fall there is a free yoga class and I really like the new teacher. It’s actually a decent workout! We wander the farmers market afterward, which is packed with people. There is a live band, kids playing in the fountain, and plenty of dogs. Perfect morning!
10:40am: I get home, let Winnie out, take a shower and put on my scrubs.
11:00am: On the couch working on this post + searching PubMed for articles about the Paleo Diet (out of curiosity) + browsing the internet looking for some birthday gifts for friends. Never one thing at a time.
11:45am: Lunch time! I have some pre-made salmon cakes in the fridge, so I put two over some arugula with balsamic and avocado. YUMMMM. I also prep my dinner for tonight since I’ll be at the hospital. While I eat I read a 2015 study from the Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease called “Hype or Reality: Should Patients with Metabolic Syndrome-related NAFLD be on the Hunter-Gatherer (Paleo) Diet to Decrease Morbidity?” It’s really interesting!
12:30: Leave for the hospital. The ED I’m working in isn’t at the normal school hospital – it’s about 10 minutes further away. No 5 minute commute, but I really like the ED there so I’m happy about the placement.
1:00pm – 11:00pm: My last shift in the emergency room. It wasn’t as crazy busy as some of the days have been, but I got to do and see a wide variety of things. There was a STEMI (heart attack), I got to help ultrasound a 13.5 weeks pregnant mama, suture a hand laceration, drain a huge 16 cm abscess, evaluate heat stroke, and unfortunately even call child protective services.
We took a quick dinner break around 6pm where I had some chicken curry and watched Greece in the break room. I also ate an RX bar out of my white coat pocket at some point.
10:40pm: Finished! My attending usually lets me leave a little early since she spends the end of her shift just signing notes and finishing up paperwork. It was a long day, but I was sad when it ended! I’ve gotten to know my attending really well, so we exchanged email addresses to keep in touch.
11:00pm: I get home, head upstairs to talk to Alli and promptly have Winston pee all over me.
11:20pm: Pee-covered scrubs are in the washing machine. I grab some almonds to snack on and work a little on this post I’m still pretty wound up from the late night, but hoping once I get into bed I’ll start to get sleepy.
12:30am: Lights out. The Grey’s Anatomy episode I put on was a musical and pretty bad, which was perfect for putting me to sleep:)