Tuesday, May 30, 2006

The Surgical Intern

Can't believe that more than a month of internship just flew by. One thing I love about Chinese General Hospital is FREE FOOD - lots of it! I pigged out initially on 3 dishes and a cup of rice per meal but started to crash diet when friends started to point out how extra puffy cheeked I looked. Since then, I've trimmed down my rice intake to 2 heaping tablespoonfuls (no more, no less). Quite happy with the results so far. Now I can wear my pants without looking like a tightly wrapped suman. I go on 24-hour duty every 3 days. Duty days are the most "toxic" and were made more "toxic" by a handful of patients who go in for not-so-worthy ER cases such as a dead toenail or a simple "pigsa sa puwet." Duh. Other days are more manageable. Quite fun actually 'coz I'm rotating in Community Medicine as well. I get to spend more days seeing patients in the community (urban 'coz the clinic's along Del Monte Avenue) and socializing with interns from other hospitals. A typical day in the community goes like this:
8:00-9:30 a.m. - attendance/sleeping time
9:30-10:30 a.m.- I start seeing patients (Consultation Period)
10:30-11:00 a.m. - merienda
11:00-11:30 a.m. - Consultation Period
11:30-2:00 p.m. - lunch/siesta/DVD time
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Consultation Period
Life surely tastes like vanilla along Del Monte Avenue...

1 comment:

Pauline said...

okay, my decision's final. i'm never going to chinese gen! hehe. i'm definitely going to be a tub of lard by the time i finish internship. =P sayang ang effort ko for the past 2 months. ;) how's ode et al? tagal ko na rin kayong hindi nakita. last time was Da Vinci code right? sana may Superman gimik. =) Imax!