Spending a week doing pediatric EM was pretty eye-opening. I never got used to the sight of patients whose feet barely reached the midpoint of the stretcher being brought in for trauma, anaphylaxis, etc. I had a fantastic team of MS2s and enjoyed many of the lectures given by our teaching fellows, namely working up respiratory distress and sports injuries. In addition, I saw some cool not-so-pediatric conditions for the first time on my rotations. Five days went by very quickly, but they were well spent. 🙂
For the next two weeks, I’ll be on the neonatology service at the new Pavilion for Women at Texas Children’s Hospital. The newborn exam is something I’ve never actually done in practice. In fact, one of the things I’m most concerned about is doing the Barlow and Ortolani maneuvers incorrectly – they look so painful! I’m sure the residents will be great teachers as always though.
I’m looking forward to learning about these innocent bundles of joy up close and personal. My only fear is that I’ll switch over to neonatology a few months before residency applications open. After all, how can one not love babies? 😉