The Weekend Medical ICU Resident


I ran most of the medical ICU this weekend and had flashbacks to ICU rotations from my intern year. It’s a field I was considering from the get go, but this weekend reinvigorated my interest in pursuing a critical care fellowship.

Tired but happy

Working at a cancer hospital, our patients in the MICU have devastating pathologies ranging from tumor lysis syndrome and multiple organ failure to septic shock with multiple drug-resistant organisms. Many of these patients will not survive their acute illness, and those who do will still have to face the perils of cancer progression. Death is a very real and almost daily event in the critically ill cancer population. ūüôĀ

In spite of this, there’s something inviting about the ICU. It’s a chance for me to use years of education and training to distill complex pathology and treatment regimens to patients and their families. Additionally, it really allows me to provide a sense of comfort¬†at the bedside. Even though patients may be regressing, families always seem to be comforted when doctors place an emphasis on providing safe care, realistic options, timely updates, and a shoulder to cry on. It’s like I’m caring not only for the patient but¬†everyone involved in his or her life.

From a procedural standpoint, I performed intubations (first time using the Intubrite video laryngoscope) and line placements throughout the weekend. The ICU nurses and ancillary staff were incredibly helpful too! Overall, a great reminder of why I love critical care!


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