AM: Identifiers

by chelseajin

It was an Ob clinic day, so we started off early to do a pre-conference before all the patients came. We’re a little undermanned, and as much as I’d like/need to see the clinical side of things, I was off being a team player and directing patients, getting them to do the fluoride varnishings, dipping urine, that’s the life!

I feel like I spend 50% of my time handling urine.

I am so bad with names. I feel like I need to do a Phil Dunphy and rhyme names with silly items to remember them. If I have the time, I make a little cartoon of their defining facial features. I’m almost done in AZ, but I feel like starting a reporter’s notebook with everyone names and cartoons so that I can just catch them at the door and say hello without referring to their chart.

That’s another thing– people are concerned that medical students/professionals are becoming desensitized to their patients being people. I think it’s because of the nature of the work. You are constantly looking at their chart and thinking of the disease process, you end up identifying people as “Mrs. X with an amputated arm” which in short-hand becomes “no-arm-lady”, no wonder it gets offensive and scary. The only solution I can see for that is having a more “wholesome” relationship with your patient, but that’s something that requires more time and less patients, not something that can be done in most work environments.

I wonder if anyone has suggested making a cap of  universal maximum number of patients every few months. It could distribute the patient load across the board and that would mean you could also tailor your services to everyone much like a private or concierge healthcare. It would also eventually mean that the imbalanced ratio of specialists to GPs would have be equalized by supply and demand, not by money made.

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