Stitches and Sutures

I'm a 25-year-old second-year medical student living in Ontario, Canada. I'm pretty sure that the only way to stay sane in medical school is to have a life outside of medical school, and knitting is one of my chosen diversions.

Location: Ontario, Canada

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Boot camp is kicking my butt

Oh man, I'm tired.

I'm doing an elective right now that is called "musculoskeletal boot camp," and until today, I thought it was pretty posh for boot camp. Don't get me wrong, I'm learning a TON - it's kind of a mix of clinical work and teaching sessions - but the hours have been pretty sweet and I've had a lot of time to read and consolidate what I'm learning. (A nice change.)

Today was soooo long, though. Pretty much all-day teaching, and although it was all wonderful, my brain is mush. MUSH. The curriculum at my school is problem-based (meaning we don't have many lectures at all - instead we use patient cases as springboards for our learning) and self-directed (meaning we meet in small groups with a tutor - a practicing physician - to decide what we need to learn to understand the problem we're working on, and then we go off and learn it on our own, in whatever way suits us best -- books, talking to experts, whatever) -- so all-day lectures are something I haven't done since undergrad. On top of that, there are only 11 other students doing this elective, and most of them are in my class - and we're used to being active participants in our learning, so it's not just a matter of sitting in a lecture, but instead actively participating. For the entire day, 7 to 4. Madness. I don't even have the brainpower to knit tonight. I've been playing stupid games on MSN for the past hour and a half and I'm going to bed as soon as I'm done writing this (at 9:30 p.m.)!

I really like rheumatology. Rural Family Medicine has been a focus for me since the end of first year (and it was high on the list before that), but it's nice to be exposed to other specialties that I also really enjoy. If only rheumatology didn't require an internal medicine residency. I'm not sure I'm willing to take that on. In fact, I'm pretty darn sure I'm NOT. The say that 20% of what family docs see is musculoskeletal, though, so I suppose this is all good experience.

I've also been taking the "patient experience" in rheumatology to the next level lately. I finally got an answer about my sore hands - I was diagnosed with "early seronegative rheumatoid arthritis" yesterday. Blech. I don't have much to say about it yet, but it certainly wasn't the best news I've ever had.


Blogger mamaloo said...

My mum used to run an office for a Physiatrist who does hand clinics at Chedoke. (I know, I really enriched your life there, eh? Just one of those worlds converging things :D )

4:13 p.m.  
Blogger mamaloo said...

In response to your comment on my blog about my comment on your blog...

Dr. Darracott. He retired last year and was still doing a few hand clinics at Chedoke and some Medical Legal stuff, but my mum confirmed today that he is completely retired now. He used to have groups of students into his office near St. Joes's for clinicals and may have once taught at Mac, but I don't know. I have worked odd stuff for him for many years and my mum was his one woman support staff for 10 years.

If you ever do obstetrics and work with the midwives, let me know, I know most of them.

10:08 p.m.  
Blogger Couz said...

That sucks. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis, particularly when your hands are integral to your favorite hobbies. A good outlet is a must in our line of work!

Hope you can get the symptoms under control before it really gets in the way of the knitting!

12:16 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

I've always been curious how problem based learning works - your description matches that of a few of the schools I looked at.

I'm sorry to hear about your diagnosis but know that early findings can lead to better treatment. I hope you're able to get some pratical medical advice on what is next!

2:15 p.m.  
Blogger Kristen said...

I hope you had a great time seeing in 2006! Happy New Year to you and yours :)

11:22 a.m.  

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