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Finished One Week Of Residency

The best part about working over the weekend (hah, what a grown-up thing to say) is that parking is easy, there aren’t any conferences to pause workflow, and I have an excuse to eat Fruit Loops at the hospital “because nothing else is available.” 馃檪

In seven days, I’ve learned an incredible amount about the management of acute and chronic kidney injuries. There’s an elegant interplay between all the body’s organ systems, but I feel like I never appreciated the physiologic marvel that is the kidney until now. While the details of ion channels, concentration gradients, and fluid exchange can be nitty-gritty, the fundamentals are pretty simple – conserve volume above all else, analyze injuries based on pre, intra, or post-renal etiologies, and when all else fails, dialysis/transplantation are considerations.

Outside of the logistical headaches like getting my computer access and parking hangtag, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed starting residency on the renal consult service and anticipate a plethora of new challenges this coming week.

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