After two weeks in the Medical ICU, I was moved to the CCU (coronary care unit). Most of our patients in this unit either had a heart attack or a severe exacerbation of chronic heart disease. I was lucky enough to have an attending physician who taught us so much about cardiology. We spent at least 45 minutes discussing each patient in detail- looking at labs, EKGs, imaging, and procedures.
As a medical student it can often be difficult to feel like you make a difference in patient care. In this hospital, however, student opinions are welcomed and we are constantly being challenged with questions about patient management. I do feel like an asset to the team (albeit a small one!) and most importantly feel that the physicians here are incredibly dedicated to student learning.
While on CCU we had one patient who presented with a possible cocaine-induced myocardial infarction (the fancy term for heart attack). He had a stent placed to open up the blood vessel, and the next day had intractable hiccups. It turned out that his hiccups were an atypical presentation of a re-infarction- meaning he actually re-clogged the same blood vessel and had another heart attack. We’re currently in the process of writing up the case report to present at a poster competition and then try for publication.
This time of year becomes a little stressful for third year students; studying for step 2 board exams, trying to schedule fourth year, and getting ready to apply for residency. While my schedule for the year currently has many holes, I recently found out that I was offered an elective rotation at Sloan Kettering in breast surgical oncology this fall! I couldn’t believe it! Rotations at Sloan are known for their excellence and are very competitive for placement; I could not be more honored to have such a great opportunity! I’m sure I’ll have lots to report on my experience once I’m there.
On an unrelated note, I’m currently in the market for new healthy recipes that make quick meals. I have a few staples at the moment, but get a little bored! Any suggestions?
Fitness-wise things have been going well. I’ve still been using a lot of the Bodyrock workouts in the morning and making it over to the gym some afternoons. I love these HIIT workouts because they are so effective and also move quickly. Youtube is giving me lots of good ideas for my own classes 🙂
That just about sums up the past few weeks for me! Ted and I have a lot of fun events coming up over the next few months- weddings, graduations, and out-of-town visitors. I’m looking forward to all of the celebrating!