Friday, June 29, 2007


Sunday, July 1, I am officially an upper level resident and no longer an intern!

Translation:" in charge"

Busy week..more pictures!

This has been a busy week......
Besides working 10-14 days at the clinic/short call,
we have had several parties and events to welcome the new intern class......
It is nice to get together outside of work sometimes...

Thursday night we had our annual intern welcome party at Christy's Pool with some BBQ!

Chris, Rebecca, Joey,Kristy, Jen, Stefanie, Rob and Amanda

Clearly, the only people actually paying attention are Christy and Jess

Amanda, Miranda, Mary, Rebecca and Amanda

To finish the busy week off ,

Patrick and I will be spending the weekend in Atlanta at Chris and Jennell's wedding.


Wednesday, June 27, 2007

End of the year party!

We had our annual end-of-the-year party at Furman friday night to say goodbye to the third years and welcome our new intern class. It went really well and we had a great time!
Our group poses following our skit/roast for the third years!

Guess who is REALLY pregnant????

My class of pediatric residents- almost second years!!!!!

Rebecca, Christy and I after the yummy mexican dinner!

Patrick and I

Thursday, June 21, 2007

"Things I learned on "Grey's Anatomy" that I didn't learn in medical school"

1. Residents perform (and direct) complex surgeries without an attending present
2. Surgical interns rotate through OB/Gyn 3. Asystole is a shockable rhythm
4. Anesthesiologists are a myth (except when needed to run out of the room in a panic)
5. A major university teaching hospital has only a surgical residency program and no medical students
6. Patients need only oxygen via a nasal canula while undergoing surgery
7. Surgical residents dictate all care given to every patient in the hospital
8. A surgical resident has more power than the chief of surgery
9. Orthopaedics residents perform any type of surgery, including Gyn surgeries
10. The chief of surgery runs the hospital
11. Internship lasts for 3 years
12. World-class neurosurgeons live in trailers
13. Clinical brain death leads to absolutely no long-term neurological consequences and has an extremely short recovery time
14. Interns perform fellowship-level procedures after studying for a couple hours
15. There is no ancillary staff at most hospitals
16. Surgeons run the ER17. Informed consent is a myth
18. Organ transplants are given to patients with an "in" with the chief of surgery
19. Interns perform surgeries solo on the first day of internship (all we really needed to know about surgery we learned in medical school)
20. Cardiothoracic surgeons routinely perform appendectomies
21. Nurses play no routine role in patient care
22. Doctors routinely develop romantic relationships with their patients
22a. This is in no way frowned-upon
23. Familial consent is not necessary to perform an autopsy
24. HIPAA is a myth
25. OB/Gyn training includes pediatric cardiothoracic surgery training
26. Intubation is not a standard, accepted medical practice (see #6)
27. Interns routinely perform their own MRIs
28. 100% recovery of functioning is routine after every surgical procedure
29. Surgical interns insert epidural catheters without supervision (also, see #4)
30. Symptoms of a cerebellar herniation mimic those of a common cold
31. Surgeons know enough medicine to run a clinic
32. The Bell Commission rules seemingly haven't reached all hospitals yet
32a. Despite seemingly working 100+ hours a week, interns still have time to look beautiful
33. Cardiothoracic surgeons manage arrythmias intra-op (see #4)
34. Facemasks are optional in the OR
35. Interns must, in addition to sleeping with an attending, pass a test in order to move on to PGY2
36. You can keep your license after cutting a patient's LVAD wire on purpose and "going on probation" for the hospital with no legal consequences
37. It is completely professional for medical staff to fight each other in front of patients
38. Unlike other forms of alcohol, tequila actually does not impair your ability to render decisions on critical medical issues
39. Hospital shifts start at a decent morning hour
40. Surgical interns have time to eat lunch. Sitting down.
All at the same time.******************
41. Residents schedule their own surgeries (and can cancel them for personal diversions)
42. Standard first-line treatment for GERD is endoscopic fundal plication
42a. H2 blockers and PPIs are a myth
43. Bacterial endocarditis "is nothing to worry about"
44. Toxic megacolon "just happens" and "is nothing to worry about"
45. Placenta accreta is an obscure medical term that only OB/Gyn's know
45a. It is standard to attempt a vaginal delivery with a diagnosis of placenta accreta
46. It is impossible to determine the parternity of a fetus while it is still in utero
47. Rules regarding hospital privileges are a myth
48. The five lowest-scoring interns on the "intern test" do not get asked back to the program (see #35)
49. "Do you have any pain?... Any... anything?" constitutes sufficient history-taking when a patient has been in a car accident
50. General surgery interns routinely work in the NICU
51. Orthopaedics chief residents preside over general surgery residents
52. This cheif of surgery, when he reaches his mid-50's, should probably step down for being "too old"
53. PGY4 Orthopaedics residents are the only available surgeons with enough expertise to bounce back and forth between 3 concurrent surgeries

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Isn't she adorable?

Just in case you were wondering- no, we don't have any surprises-

This is Reagan, the daughter of our good friends Lindsay and Chad.

She's one month now!!!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Chattanooga Mini-Vacation!!!

We took a three and a half day trip up to Chattanooga over the past few days... our first vacation as a married couple!!
(not including our honeymoon of course :)
We did lots of touristy stuff and spent lots of time together (a rare thing for us!!!)

View of the aquarium and the riverfront from Walnut St. Bridge.

Of course we had to visit the Tn Aquarium...

Here is Patrick in front of a waterfall and some trout he can catch only in his dreams.

We also got to see "3D Deep Sea Adventure" at the Imax

Hiking around in the hot June sun-

We explored the Bluff View Art District....

If you look close you can see that the sign says "Martin House".

MMMMM...Room service!!! It was really good !

Lounging on the stone couch in front of Ben and Jerry's!

more pictures....

Our room at the Chattanoogan.....

View from our room of the courtyard and hotel entrance...

We ate dinner at the Southside Grill- the location of our rehearsal dinner! It was even more delicious- and less stressful!!!! I highly recommend the flourless chocolate torte!!!

Interesting Great Dane sculpture near the Hunter Museum...

View of the Tenn. River and the Walnut Street Bridge

Thursday, June 7, 2007

I'm missing camp.....

To all the true camp people out there, you know you are a camp "lifer" if.....
80% of your clothing shows evidence of paint.
Abnormality is a compliment.
All your co-workers could be clinically classified as pyromaniacs, multiple personalities or obsessive compulsive.
Being at home makes you homesick.
Dressing up only involves slightly cleaner clothes.
Everything you have has your initials on it.
Most of your stories start with "and then there was this time at camp...."
On the job training includes 'The Cup Game".Tater Tots are there own food group.
Sandal/watch tan lines are a competition.
Screaming and running at the same time is a coveted skill.
Sharpies, pens and duct tape are worth more than gold.
The following letters make sense: NCA.Using logic could get you into trouble.
Camp has been over for 22 minutes and you're already thinking about next summer.
You are convinced that there is no way you could date someone who is not a camp guy/girl, because no one else really understands.
You can make anything out of duct tape, including Band Aids.
You can make up a song/cheer about anything.
You can shampoo, wash and shave your legs, etc in less than 5 minutes.
You can think of 50 ways to use a bandanna off the top of your head.
You can walk the woodsy path at night without a flashlight.
You feel naked without a Walkie-Talkie strapped to your body.
You don't think non-camp people can understand your summer job.
You've made friends with the "office people" or the Camp Nurse just to have a place to hang out.
You eat ketchup with everything,
You go to college just to fill time between summers.
You have a camp set of clothes.
You have a collection of outfits for theme weeks.
You have been in/seen an "interesting' production of Grease, Peter-Pan and/or Zoom, Zoom.
You have about 20 mosquito bites in 1 square inch of skin.
You have an entrie volume of camp-friendly mixed CDs.
Your friends life goals are to go to medical school/law school..yours is to be a colour war captain.
You don't do this for money - and you mean it.
You have no clue what's on TV until mid-September, cause you never watch it at camp.
You have to routinely prevent yourself from shouting, "Walk, please!" or "Where's your buddy?" at random kids at the mall/at the grocery store/etc.
You know all 753 1/2 verses of "Let me see your alligator...."
You know excatly how to get to camp from home by car, boat, plane or any other means of transportation.
You know that laughter, hiccups, sneezes, itching and yawns are contagious.
You are disappointed to find that you can't major in "Camp".You never refuse free food.
You refer to your campers as YOUR kids.
You save anything and everything campers have ever made for you.
You still enjoy the same songs you did when you were 5.
You value the friendship bracelet you got at the camp carnival last summer more than any other piece of jewelry.
Your 'real-world' friends have ever limited you to only 5 camp stories a day.
Your car won't start until all seatelts are buckles.Your friends know you you're nver home fromJune till September.
Your idea of a good song starts with the words, "This is a repeat after me song".
Your primary method of diplomatic resolution is Rock, Paper, Scissors.
Your tan lines are also your dirt lines.
Your teachers know you as a camp person.
Your water bottle and sandals are as essential as your unterwear.
Your year only has two seasons - Summer and Non-Summer.
You 've ever given up time off to comfort a crying camper.
You've ever had to read a policy on bathroom usage.
You've written a paper about camp for a class.
You refer to all your friends as "Dude" even thought you live no where near the west coast.
You've used your frozen Nalgene as an icepack.
You've written down the camp address instead of your own.
I just realized how much I missed my summers as a camp counselor-

It is no fun to grow up and have to have a real job.
(I'm actually in this video at the very end......)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

La clinica......

1. My friend Dr. I. had a patient named MyPreciousLittleLamb Seriously, that was the child's name on the chart....when she walked into the room she said "And what do you call her" The woman looked at her like she was the idiot.

2. My friend Dr. J had a 15 year old for a checkup, she asked "Are you/have you been sexually active?" he said "i'm not sure what you mean- I have a 10 month old- "

3. She also had a 12 year old checkup, and when she asked about family history, the mom said "we don't know- he's adopted" The boy said "what, I'm adopted??"

4. Today the parents of a 12 month old asked as I was walking out of the room "So, how much soda is ok for her to drink in a day?" Apparently my reaction was priceless per the interpreter... rocks!

They're here!!! I seriously ordered these shoes last night at 10 30 pm, and they arrived on our doorstep at 5 pm today.....and free shipping!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Feet.......and shoes...

No post in a here you go......

I just finished purchasing another pair of the world's most comfortable shoes......After another day of standing the entire day, my feet can't take any other shoes.....
My real reason for this post is to vent. I have the world's biggest feet.
Actually, not really, but at times I feel that way.
I think the first time I realized that I had big feet was in 4th grade when I realized that I could no longer wear "character" tennis shoes....
Now it is just a pain to find cute shoes....if they even make the style in my size....then somebody else has snapped up the one pair before me.....
Payless makes shoes that are actually TOO big for me, but all their shoes in my size look like they are made for cross-dressers.....seriously!
They said your feet get bigger after out!!!!!
(I am not suggesting at all that I am actually pregnant..just thinking ahead)
Enough wasted blogspace.......enjoy always finding cute shoes, you single digit shoe-wearers!!!!!