3rd week has gone by already!!! (3rd week of what you say? read my previous blogs!)
This week I have gotten much new stuff done except for going down to the EAU (emergency assessment unit) and being the first doctor (well, medical student) to talk to a few patients. This means I had to take a history of the patient's complaint, understand how the complaint affected them, ask them their family history, social history etc etc as well as examine them thoroughly.
The first time through it was quite hard. I was messing up on the order of history taking and my examination technique was all over the place. However, I got better and better espeically with the help of a few doctors (they are really nice!). I don't think I'd get far without them!
Later on I got to leave the hospital environment and visit a GP where I must say, EVERYONE was FAAAR more chilled out. Everything was done with a slow pace. The doctors there seemed to enjoy their jobs a lot more too (a lot of the docs I work with said they hate their jobs because of the veeery long hours and no over time pay as well as the tons of paper work).
Ah, that is another thing I picked up on. Two thirds of a doctors time is spent doing paper work. It is utterly ridiculous! They could very easily just make an efficient computerised system to prevent this and let docs take care of their patients but NO, they make this silly system where a doctor can't print off the blood results of a patient from a computer screen and instead has to write them out. Ludicrous!
I met a nice girl who told me stories about how she spent the year out in Ghana and did a lot of medical practice there and am really inspired to follow suit either in Ghana or another country (suggestions? lol).
But yeah, I'm working hard and then playing hard too ;D. One of my docs invited me round to her place for some pizza and TV! (we have no tv at our accomodation). It was great......except....the pizza had meat on it so I couldn't eat it!!! =[
Thanks for reading dear reader! Hope this is insightful to you =D