Monday, June 28, 2010
Graduation Day (Warning Explic*t Language)
Well folks....the day has come. Doc sensitive and I have finished residency! Last night was our graduation, and today we turned in all of our shit.
I would like to say a few words about what a wonderful experience residency was....but I can't think of anything. Residency fucking sucked ass! It was years of abuse disguised as "learning experiences." Most of our attendings sucked. Our patients sucked the life out of us. We were overworked and underpaid. My motto in residency was "No good dead at this hospital goes unpunished." It was the truth. Anytime you tried to help someone/something out... you would get screwed.
It was great seeing our "Chairman" at the graduation. What a real fucking inspiration this guy was. He inspired all of us to be nothing like him. He never worked clinically. Once he asked me what was in Lortab. He wasn't pimping me....he really didn't know. He pretty much just sat in a chair all 3 years getting fatter. He only got up if a TV camera was around.
The worst part was dealing with other residents. Not our co ER residents, but residents from other departments (surgery, ortho, internal medicine, etc.). Yes most of them were assholes at heart, but residency brings out the worst in EVERYONE. Because we are all tired and stressed, everyone is in a bad mood. Everyone would try to turf their work to someone else. Making a consult was horrible. No one listens to the needs of the patient, they are "listening" to see what they can do to get out of the consult and turf it to someone else.
I didn't learn shit the traditional way. There was no "see one, do one, teach one" bull shit. No reading in books and being taught by an attending and then putting that knowledge to work. The attending told you what to do and that was it.... because they were worried about their license and that's it.
I learned by seeing other people fuck up, and by my own fuck ups, and by my iPhone and google. Never in med school or residency did I read a text book! It's bullshit. Whatever is in a text book is about 5 years out of date. The way I learned the most, and the source of most of my posts, was through moonlighting. It was being on my own where I looked something up on EVERY patient and find my way. In residency it was just do what each individual attending told us to do.
The most I every worked was 30 hours straight on trauma. Sometimes I wouldn't know what day or month it was. I must have aged 15 years in my 3 years of residency. I look like shit. I can't count how many times I was stab in the back or used up and spit out.
What about psych doc??? Psych is a 4 year residency, so he was 1 more year of pain and suffering. Please pray for him to whatever god you choose.
The best part of residency was the few good friends I made.....and then finishing. We are done. No rest for the weary.....start work tomorrow. Where are we going you might ask?? Only about5 miles down the road! Doc sensitive and I will be working together. We are going to another busy trauma center. Very high acuity....higher than we had in residency. No uppity patients for us. We like to take care of sick patients, and those patients usually don't have a Humana Gold Card. Time to practice our way. Never have I been more scared!
PS THE BLOG WILL CONTINUE
Posted by SerenityNow at 7:03 PM