Saturday, March 22, 2014

I wish I was counting down the hours as the most awaited day of clerkship came in. Instead, I was busy rushing through the halls of the hospital carrying out doctors’ orders and making referrals. Like probably most other clerks on duty that night, I just had one hell of a regular toxic tour of duty (or so I hope). A few minutes before my from-duty co-clerks have left that day, a patient was even intubated, CVP inserted and more lab requests were requested. So I was technically hooked to that single toxic patient, whom to my comfort, had survived the whole night.

So even if the husband appeared at 12 midnight for a supposedly very late dinner, the idea of having a chat with him for a few more minutes was more of a suicide and so I allowed him to go home. I was fortunate, though, to sleep a few good 3 hours (waking up in between, of course, to check on the patients) only to panic when I wake up because new patients got admitted at the wards and I have yet to do my chart rounds for the night. My ward companion, Cheenee, should be updating all papers to be endorsed to incoming clerks but since I seem to have been jinxed on insertions that night, she had to cover up on me from time to time.

At 8:00 a.m., I still had to refer 2 patients for emergency appendectomy. I also had 2 exams waiting for me—the Surgery exit exam I had to finish in 15 minutes, according to the clerk’s monitor, because my Ophtha exit exam is scheduled to start at exactly 9:00 a.m. My mind was just a total blur upon taking those exams. I would just wish for a decent score.

So my official last day of clerkship ended at exactly 11:00 a.m. Hooray! That was a bit late but all I really cared about, then, was me finally going home.

12 months. 6 rotations. Quite a number of stories to share. Truly, OMMC clerkship is one hell of a roller coaster ride. It is where the unimaginable becomes your reality and toxicity your way of life.

Junior intern Resuello now signing off. 


I will write about my obligatory acknowledgement soon. Haha!


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