The Importance of Process in the Hospital

Process is important — it helps large and complicated objectives like transferring a patient out of the ED, performing ACLS stay on task and not disintegrate with the spontaneity of human error. There is already so much standardization throughout the regular workings of a hospital that one...

Reflection: Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

In his book Essentialism Greg McKeown elaborates on the concept that “less is more”. He uses examples throughout history to color in this idea from a police force dropping the rates of crime by only focusing their efforts in particular areas of prevention to Boyscout leaders improving...

Half Day Clinic & What Should I Feel?

“This latte is too sweet” I think to myself as the foamy hotness lights up the sweet receptors of my tongue. I stop and try to remember how many pumps the nice lady at the coffee shop slammed into my cup and think it’s somewhere around three or four — will have to go down...

The ER Rotation

ED is a different beast than what I’ve been used to on the floors. Instead of the slow, simmering thought process of a medicine doc this in contrast requires quicker more agile thinking. The past week I’ve been zipping from room to room collecting snapshots of patients, enough to know...

When Intern Year Ends

As I sit here in this rural Toyota Dealership waiting for my car’s sideview mirror to get fixed [after an unfortunate accident…] my eyes glance at the date on the corner of my computer screen. July 2nd 2016 — a little over one year after starting and finishing the supposed...

The (Almost) Perfect Getaway

I extend the ID badge dangling on my chest and plant it firmly on the black box in front of me. It’s attached to my white coat by stretchy-cord thing which makes it easy to get in and out of restricted areas without actually having to remove it entirely– the perfect contraption. Beep. I...

Small Things Matter in Medicine

There’s a room in the center of a long hallway that connects two of the busiest units of the hospital– the CCU and ICU step down. Most days you can see nurses, MDs and others making the mecca between these two points, stopping in front of the door to punch in numbers and enter. Inside...

Finding the Light

The high pitched howl of a beast readying for the night can be heard behind the thick glass windows of this urban hospital with me peering at the moon blanketing over its grey skeleton. I dive my hand into my pocket and stare at the shrieking electric box in-front of me–no wolves here, just...

6 Ways to Stay Healthy During Residency

Residents are required to work longer hours which can put patients and staff in danger. In the U.S., the prevalence of medical errors that endangered patients’ safety brought about changes in the allowed workload of residents. In 2011 the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education...

Connecting with Patients

Gray, wrinkled shirt damp with sweat and a LCD screen pulsing with the green glow of vitals. One of them, his heart rate, blinking fast enough to think he had just come back from a light jog–except he hadn’t. Nope. This man was lounging in his bed looking at me stare at his IV line...