Yesterday marked the first day of my new rotation – Cardio-Respiratory! For the next few weeks I’ll be sequestered away in Kettering and living a monastic existence of studying and ward work. Well, that’s the idea.
Why am I living in Kettering now? Well, there’s a finite number of medical student places available in Leicester itself, which means a certain proportion of the year are parceled off to different teaching hospitals around the area for their rotations. These are usually smaller groups – I have a group of five fellow 3rd years studying with me which is nice.
Of course, living away from my comfortable Leicester student house (familiar is probably a more appropriate word) has presented some challenges – I found myself, having forgotten all of my mugs, drinking coffee out of a McDonald’s cup yesterday morning in a desperate attempt to up my caffeine level. Classy student living at its best. The accomodation at the Kettering General Hospital, to the contrary of everything I’d heard, was actually pretty nice, if bereft of anything even vaguely resembling a mug. Apparently they’ve just upgraded from dial up, which is nice for us.
Oh wait! I’m yet to explain what Cardio-resp actually entails! Get ready for this mind-blowing realisation – It’s a combination of study of the cardiac system and – wait for it – the respiratory system. For the first three weeks we’re based on the Respiratory ward, hanging round wards and pestering FY1s for jobs. Wahey! My first day yesterday mostly consisted of the wonderful duty of chaperoning DREs (google it if confused) and filling in blood forms. Not the most exciting of starts but I’m sure it’ll get more exciting but hopefully there’ll be more opportunities for harassing patients with histories and examinations later on. After that we have a few weeks of cardiology in which we’ll finally work out what those squiggles on the ECG machine are (I joke, I did learn something over the last few years – just not exactly how to convert squiggles into diagnoses).
Anyway, tomorrow I’m off to London for a grand sounding “Opportunities in expedition and humanitarian medicine” talk which’ll be pretty darn interesting – I’ll be sure to share anything interesting!