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01 April 2009 @ 08:39 pm
stat is a latin word meaning 'hurry', apparently  
If I ever don't reply to your comment in a timely fashion, it's not because I'm purposely ignoring you! I may fall behind on commenting to other people's posts, but I do try to catch up to my own eventually. The reason will be like so: I make a post at night, full of joy and smug at finishing my study in four hours instead of five, and the next three days will be full of unexpected demands on my time (tonight I must read the Madden and Lourdes reports, erlack erlack). In case you were ever wondering, that is why.

I often get the sneaking suspicion that I'm actually going to be good at this - the whole doctor thing. It is so typical considering I come within a hairsbreath of dropping out about twice a year and hate it generally and specifically (Madden report! Why are you 241 pages long!). But I can stand up for myself - because I don't care - and not take any criticism personally - because I don't care - and be amused rather than terrified - because I don't care. I am starting to see a trend here.

I got seriously cross with an anaesthetist who told me to 'run away to GP and medicine land' (because I'm a girl), but there are seriously some people who should just run away to GP land and learn how to write letters to the proper doctors. BECAUSE THEY ARE SO BAD AT THIS OMG. One of my friends was offended because a consultant told her that her history presenting was monotonous and she needed to make eye contact - I think she was mainly cross because the whole blonde and beautiful thing made no dice in the situation. She probably got even more offended when I told her he was right. People just don't seem to LEARN.

They will when I'm in charge, though.
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Current Music: there she goes again // the getaway people
Neeryneery on April 1st, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
It is so weird to me that GPs are considered dumber/less capable/less important. I don't know how it works in the US, but over here, a bad GP is the next deadly thing after a bad surgeon, because they're making all the important judgment calls before you ever even see a specialist. If they miss your dangerous hypertension/tell you not to be such a wimp about your flu until you die of pneumonia or the fever damages your brain/don't recognize your exotic disorder that really really needs a specialist, you're going to be just as dead as when your anesthetist screws up, although it may take a little longer.

It's such an incredibly broad field, and it's not like knowing a little bit about ten million different things is any easier than knowing a whole lot about a very specific subject.

- said the future GP defensively. ;)

But, yeah, medicine is full of so many incompetent autistic morons who think they're God's gift to humanity. I hope they all end up in a branch of research that doesn't involve any living creature bigger than a fruit fly.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ra teapot and coloured cupsscoradh on April 1st, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
As soon as I wrote that, I thought: I'm going to have to explain Irish GP culture to anyone who stands behind family medicine. And I AGREE. GPs anywhere else have a hard, difficult, important job. I would hate to do it because of the responsibility and breadth of knowledge required (am lazy!). But. Here? They are nothing more than glorified secretaries. They will barely put someone on a beta blocker for a mildly elevated SBP without sending them to a cardiologist for an echo. That's because GP here is traditionally a sink for the less talented and less intelligent of the bunch. As one examiner said, 'He was a nice guy, but very dumb; but I passed him because I knew he was going to make a wonderful GP.'

So in that context...!

But, yeah, medicine is full of so many incompetent autistic morons who think they're God's gift to humanity. I hope they all end up in a branch of research that doesn't involve any living creature bigger than a fruit fly.

I'm not even talking about those - because what I make up for in human interaction skills, they beat in sheer robotic recall - but the ones who are ACTUALLY stupid. Like, when asked what kind of upper airway factors you'd be concerned about in anaesthetics, they answer: fillings.
Neeryneery on April 1st, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
Ugh, that is just sad. My GP is a lifesaver, I totally trust her with all my important medical decisions, and it's such a relief to have someone I know and trust, who knows my complete medical history since childhood, to decide what specialists need to be consulted and then look at the combined results from specialists in five different areas and decide what needs to be done about them.

And, yeah, we had that kind of morons, too. For some reason, chem class had especially many of them. For god's sake, "combine the red and blue liquids. put in hot water for five minutes. see what happens." is not advanced science, so wtf was all that whining about "But I can't do that! We never had chem in high school! :'("
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every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: b&w kissesscoradh on April 1st, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's it. But doctors use 'stat' as the diminutive of 'statim' to mean RIGHT NOW YOU INCOMPETENT ASS/I THINK I'M ON ER/NEVER, so technically stat means now. If we're talking slang, I mean. ;D
JRevalangui on April 1st, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
I can see you're taking a page out of Doctor House's school of medicine. (As long as your life doesn't get as fucked up as the show it will be awesome to see XD)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Art: Marie Antoinettescoradh on April 1st, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like my legs the way they are and I don't think I could rock a cane...
jehnt: fashion - sunglassesjehnt on April 1st, 2009 11:28 pm (UTC)
hahaha you could totally rock a cane (if you wore a hat, also)... but don't hurt your legs!
uminohikariuminohikari on April 2nd, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
asdfjkl; Doctors are so important, I don't understand why there are idiots there!
Merit: BSpencermeritjubet on April 2nd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Well, good! I'm all for another doctor who knows what she is doing. And your last sentence? Sounded so threatening. In a good way! I hope you felt the urge to cackle, because I sort of did.

And I hope that anesthetist has to deal with some very painful boils. Sexism is so mid 20th C.
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2009 06:46 am (UTC)
To be honest I just don't really get the obsession with the art of theatre in presenting histories. I just feel like it's just one more thing to nitpick. When we're finally graduated I don't think anyone's gonna care if you can't make eye contact while you're presenting as long as the information is complete and coherent. And let's be honest, it's never gonna be presenting a history in real life, it's just gonna be a 20second handover.

A lot of the doctors who go on about it aren't fantastic orators anyway, and the whole 'art' of history presenting is just another thing they torture the students with. We're never gonna use it in practice, we're just gonna be distilling the salient points and handing over.