Monday, August 11, 2008


So, today I started my surgery rotation at a hospital that is in the community and affiliated with my medical school. It started off with not beingn told anything of what we were supposed to do with ourselves and has ended with me waiting here for an hour now for a page to be returned after the resident told me he forgot to see a consult this morning and asked me to contact the doctor on call today to see if I should go see them because she's on my team... I mean, if you forgot to see a patient, wouldn't you call the attending to hand them over? I'm not on call, although I think I'm supposed to see consults for my team, but I'm not sure. I'm just not sure how long to wait before paging again. I guess I'll wait another hour?

update: the resident called shortly after I had written this to see how I was doing. He then proceeded to come in and talk to the attending himself because I couldn't get a hold of her and she didn't answer her second page either - perhaps something up with the paging system. Anyways, all is well that ends well, although I kind of would have liked to get to see the patient!


Xavier Emmanuelle said...

Ugh, that sucks. I hate not knowing what I'm supposed to do, or having things be all disorganized. Can't you page them again right now if you've been waiting an hour?

Hope tomorrow is better!

Milk & Two Sugars said...

Interesting. Here, if a registrar doesn't return a page, it's polite to re-page in under 10 minutes if they're not in surgery, 30 if they are. Consultants are called directly regardless of the enquiring doctor's inferiority, and 2 calls within as little as 10 minutes is allowed - provided your reason is good. There's the occasional unpleasant moment, but they're not really common.

Very different from what you discribe! I suppose there's an ethos here that us junior folk have important work to do too.