Thursday Born

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

My day? Made.

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My Psychiatry  rotation is over already, and now I’m on Emergency Medicine for my “Wild Card” block. We got to pick from a list of different ambulatory experiences, and Emergency Medicine is something that I’ve always enjoyed in theory, so I wanted to make sure I tried it. I love EM doctors (they make for wonderfully engaging lecturers) and I love the wide variety of patients they get to see.

Anyway, things that make my day include the young patient who just found out she’s pregnant again (she’s younger than me and already has more kids than I personally want), on whom I just did my third pelvic exam, saying, completely unprompted, “You’re doing an excellent job, Aba.” (And for the cherry on top, my Attending for the shift was in the room too).

Seriously,  how does your day get any better? Getting to do her pelvic exam and then hearing that was completely worth staying an extra hour after my shift.

I admit, I’m such a sucker for approval. I don’t actively seek it out, but it makes me ridiculously happy. This is not my first patient compliment, but it’s one of the most coherent and sincere. On Neurology, a post-ictal patient kept thanking me and saying I was doing a great job, but unfortunately she probably doesn’t remember me at all (post-ictal = post seizure state). I also got a few compliments on Psychiatry, one of which was actually very sweet and heartfelt, but most of the rest ranged from entirely incoherent and nonsensical (but the first time I’d seen that schizophrenic patient smile!) to somewhat creepy (random patient with pedophilic tendencies telling you that you’re pretty is … ?!?!?).


Written by Aba

November 12, 2011 at 10:16 am

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  1. I can’t imagine that I’d ever say that my day couldn’t get any better than doing a pelvic exam (and staying late to do it, nonetheless), but to each their own. Enjoy the compliment!

    Solitary Diner

    November 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    • haha, well it was definitely more the compliment than doing the actual exam that made my day.


      November 12, 2011 at 9:40 pm

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