Sunday, September 25, 2005


I'm not one usually to watch House M.D. on TV, but i was over a bud's and was forced to. It was the most unrealistic episode ever. Many strange procedures in the name of making a strange diagnosis. I'd review it but I'd be reworking something already done...

Check out the House review at Polite Dissent

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


Worked yesterday with one of the most enthusiastic residents in the program. He's a good guy, but sometimes needs to be taken in small doses. I can't say anything bad about him really, he's a genuinely nice guy.

We were in the cardiac room... staffing is one on one in cardiac in our institution meaning we supervise only one cardiac case at a time. The second cardiac case of the day was supposed to be there already so they could get some invasive lines placed preoperatively. Usually the timing in such so that the most critical portion of the cardiac case is happening while I need to be surpervising those lines elsewhere. Anyway, came off of bypass in the OR, then finally then next patient was ready to get lined. After the lines were placed, I got back to the OR and they were about to transport the cardiac case to the ICU.

I told the resident to go to lunch (we give the breaks when we staff one on one) because I figured that i would get a chance for a couple more hours if he didn't go right away. He came back about 10 minutes early and met me in the ICU. Apparently he had bought me lunch and left it for me down in the anesthesia offices. Way beyond the call of duty... I suppose it's good for brownie points, but I don't believe he did it for that reason. I believe he did it just because he's a nice guy.

Glad there are still people out there like that.

Friday, September 09, 2005


Overheard today

Neurosurgery is just invasive psychiatry.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


On call for the 1st 72 hours of labor day weekend. (Friday through Sunday) Had to work about 14 hours on Friday, otherwise dodged a bullet. No calls to come in for cardiac cases.... I imagined it would have been pretty busy. Not that I'm complaining