What: A satirical series about a MedSci student trying to get into Medicine
Written by: An anonymous 3rd year MedSci student
Where: Workings 1 – 2 days a week at a medical centre
Medical Centre Mondays:
Dedicated to future med students, current Medsci students and importantly, to girls that are going through a Coyote Ugly phase where they makeshift crop tops from skirts and visit medical centres in Inner West, as this blog wouldn’t be possible without you.
Monday 12th November:
I arrive at work 15-minute early and there is already a line out the front.
7:55am: The doctors arrive.
8:00am: A deep breath and the phones begin to ring. A patient who wants a script without seeing the doctor, that’s a usual phone call. Patients wanting appointments then and there, patients requesting that today appointments don’t take longer than their allocated time, and a vomiting child who is touching everything.
10:00am: Someone without a Medicare card who wants to bulkbill.
Noon: A girl who walks in who looks like she was just came in from a tsunami, but most likely it was tsunami of nerves because she got a call back from her STI check last week. I paw through her results while I check her in for her appointment.
Noon-thirty: There is a lull so I look through the medical records online and test myself. I like to play a game where I read their prescription, and try to guess the doctor’s notes. eg. Trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole is for a UTI, amoxicillin-clavulanate for an ingrown toe.
In my 22 years, I have likely spent hundreds of dollars on coffees I had no desire to drink, purely in the interest of using cafe bathrooms in moments of fiery UTI panic; so I can pick a UTI victim the second they walk in the door. “But how long will it be?! Do you have a bathroom?!”
1:30pm: We have another receptionist who comes in for the afternoon night shift. Dr.Cool* my favourite doctor who sometimes let’s me shadow her where appropriate* is removing a mole from a ladies back because it ‘risky’.
Risky, Dr.Cool teaches me, is border irregularity, colour variation or asymmetric.
The patient is nervous and Dr.Cool suggests that I could sit in and chat to her while she does it. While on distraction duty I watch as Dr.Cool injects the local anaesthetic. A few minutes later and the excision begins, which involves cutting around the mole, removing the entire thickness of skin, and then closing the area with stitches.