Thursday, July 12, 2007

My first patients...

I saw my first two primary care patients today, in the clinic that will be my regular clinic through the year.

I had two patients scheduled; the night before I read their records, nervous and excited, making notes about what past issues needed follow-up. In reality, one cancelled and one didn't arrive. Instead I saw two completely different patients.

I've had lots of outpatient experience, and I figured I'd be able to breeze through easily. I didn't. That was fine, actually--but it reminded me of how outpatient medicine looks easy at first, and then really isn't at all.

2 comments:

Toni Brayer MD said...

Congratulations on your first week of Internship. Love your blog and I hope you find time to write more about your experiences. Starting off in ICU is brutal but everything else will seem easy after this. When you have time, please check out my blog for a peak into less "acute" (but no less important to patients) medical issues. Hang in there. TB

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Joe Wright said...

Thanks for the kind words.

I look forward to reading your blog.

j