Thursday Born

The everyday life of a psychiatry resident (who was born on a Thursday).

Cervixes and Avocados

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What do healthy cervixes and ripe avocados have in common? They both have the same texture as a nose! (If an avocado feels like your forehead, it’s not ripe. If it feels like your cheek, it’s over-ripe).

Healthy prostates, on the other hand, feel like the fleshy part of your hand at the base of your thumb when you’re making a fist. If it feels like your knuckle, that could be cancer, if it feels like the fleshy part when your hand is open, that’s what is described as a “boggy, inflamed” prostate.

This is on my mind because wednesday and thursday nights, I finally had my “Advanced Clinical Skills” training, ie, learning how to perform the male and female genital/rectal/pelvic exams on special “Genital Teaching Assistants.” It all went surprisingly smoothly. My male GTA was a really nice, 75 year old guy who’s been doing this since sometime in the 90s. We were both pretty relaxed about the whole thing, but the other student with me seemed fairly nervous until after he’d watched me do it and then had done it himself.

For the female session, we had two female GTAs, a female chaperone/guide, and three students in the room(the other two with me were also girls). Everyone was very relaxed and one of the GTAs cracked a lot of jokes, so it was all around a very pleasant and fun experience.  Once again, I volunteered to go first. It just makes me more nervous to watch someone else do it first, and I’d rather just go ahead and do it.

In other news, I finally acquired a wine rack. $5 and bought off of a fourth year. I love fourth year moving sales! :D I was pleasantly surprised too because it’s actually quite pretty (I bought it without seeing a picture).

None of those bottles are mine, but there tends to be wine in my apartment, mine or my roommate’s, and I like it when things have a proper place to go. Currently that bookshelf is for boardgames, but I’m debating converting one shelf into a pseduo liquor cabinet to free up some space in our pantry.

Written by Aba

April 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Posted in Medical School

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  1. Well damn, you learn something new everyday!


    April 23, 2011 at 4:31 am

  2. Ahhhh yes! I’m so fascinated by people who choose to become GTAs. Did you get to hear their story at all? Ours had a father who died of prostate cancer that was not detected, so decided to teach medical students how to properly do the exam :)

    Marianne DiNapoli

    April 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    • Well, the guy said that his daughter was a medical student back when SPs were a new thing and she thought it was really cool, so his wife started doing it but would only do histories and didn’t want to be touched, but he got into it too and he loves doing it! I didn’t get to hear the stories of the women though. =/ I just know that they’re newer.


      May 2, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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