It has been a trying first week at the V. And there's so much to say and reflect and learn from. But if I can summarize my biggest failures - true, avoidable failures - and try to learn from them, I would say that I need to: "Stop and think." Now, I am famous for … Continue reading Little Big Things #1
Sometimes, being a good senior resident means to wait outside the locker room on your first day at a new hospital so he can show you the correct and fastest place to park in the mornings. And then pull out a google map to show you the right road to take to get there.
When you teaching some one, it's not just about being right or being clever or showing your rationale and showing off that you're rational. It's not just about the intention to teach or push or educate. It's not just the time that you spend or the breath that you exhaust. Sometimes, despite our thick and … Continue reading Sometimes, It IS Delivery
"Always check your equipment before getting started." It doesn't just apply to central lines or chest tubes. It also applies to that delirious 90 something gentleman who just won't seem to listen, who keeps getting out of bed, who just says "Huh?" despite you yell-speaking, who spits out the nitroglycerin every time you drop it … Continue reading “There’s Nothing You Can Do That I Haven’t Done Before.” #2
My fellow once told me a story about how after she made a terrible operative mistake, she went to talk to her mentor. The mentor, before she started, told her that there was no mistake she could make that he hadn't already made. Because while mistakes shouldn't happen, they do. And in the act of … Continue reading “There’s Nothing You Can Do That I Haven’t Done Before.” #1