14 Jan A Day in the Life
As a medical student, the challenges and the stories I heard about residency seemed overwhelming. Now, a year into my Memorial Family Medicine Residency, I can honestly say the positive experiences have far outweighed the negative. Here is a snapshot of a day in the life of a resident at Memorial Hospital:
My alarm sounds at 5:20 a.m. and I’m off to the hospital dressed for clinic and anticipating my first cup of coffee. I arrive by six and begin reviewing the charts of my patients in the hospital and those I will see in clinic that afternoon. Seeing at least three of my six hospital patients before 7:00 rounds is the goal. During rounds, we will hear about anyone new who came
in overnight, discuss the medical plans for each one and distribute them among the team. We each discuss plans for our patients and receive feedback and teaching.
By 8:30 we hope to be rounding, which involves connecting and examining each of our patients in hopes of making informed medical decisions on their behalf, finishing notes and preparing some for discharge. This takes most of the morning, although assisting with Rapid Assessment Team calls, codes and answering pages can be expected. Sometimes I will even get to deliver a baby if one of my clinic patients goes into labor!
By noon I am heading across the street to our noon conference lecture and lunch. This is a great time of seeing my fellow residents and faculty and learning up-to-date medical practices.
My first clinic patient will have arrived by 1 o’clock, and I’ll spend the rest of the day as a family doctor seeing 10 to 12 people. These patients are varied in their complexity, so thankfully we can discuss each one’s care with a community or faculty physician while determining the best care plan.
My day inevitably finishes with an hour or two of notes and following up with my patients in the hospital.
At 7 p.m. I hand off my patients to the night resident, and enjoy a few hours with my family before some much-needed sleep. The days are long and sometimes difficult, but highly rewarding and worth every effort.