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Last Week Of VAD/Transplant ICU

I’m beginning my last week on the cardiac transplant and VAD ICU rotation – one week from finishing all of my required ICU rotations as a resident!聽It’s shaping up to be my most draining week too with two calls plus weekend coverage and a census riddled with ECMO, Impellas, and LVADs.聽馃槓

From what I’ve seen on my ICU rotations as a medical student and resident, intensivists (physicians who work in the ICU) really are the cr猫me de la cr猫me when it聽comes to understanding global physiology, having the skills to perform procedures, and being able to “save lives.” I was always thinking about pursuing at least聽a critical care fellowship after residency, and front-loading my CA-2 year with two ICU rotations only sealed the deal. Combine this with a cardiothoracic anesthesia fellowship, and I feel like I’d be suited to handle any situation. More on that later. 馃槈

Here’s hoping I find the light at the end of the tunnel this week!

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