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My Proudest Acheivement at Duke

I just got done with OB. The OB nurses, some of the best at Duke, liked me enough to collect money and throw me a going-away party complete with cake, chips, and a superlative taco dip. It was very nice and I am very humbled to have made such a good impression.

All of you gunners and self-centered pre-meds take note: A good nurse is worth her weight in platinum and while you may be the greatest physician since Hippocrates himself, the nurses take care of your patients. They have been around. They are, most of them, pretty sharp and keep their eyes open. During the last month they checked behind me (at my request) on many cervix exams and tactfully told me that the woman who I wanted to send home was actually 5/70/-2 and should probably be admitted. They also gently reminded me to be sure to do a neuro check on patients on mag, to check fetal fibronectin first before irritating the cervix, and many other things the ommision of which can make an intern look like the biggest idiot in the hospital.
 

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    You're totally right, Panda Bear, I noticed that nurses can make or break the work of residents/fellows, especially where I was working (Neurology Clinic)


    Panda Bear said:
    I just got done with OB. The OB nurses, some of the best at Duke, liked me enough to collect money and throw me a going-away party complete with cake, chips, and a superlative taco dip. It was very nice and I am very humbled to have made such a good impression.

    All of you gunners and self-centered pre-meds take note: A good nurse is worth her weight in platinum and while you may be the greatest physician since Hippocrates himself, the nurses take care of your patients. They have been around. They are, most of them, pretty sharp and keep their eyes open. During the last month they checked behind me (at my request) on many cervix exams and tactfully told me that the woman who I wanted to send home was acutally 5/70/-2 and should probably be admitted. They also gently reminded me to be sure to do a neuro check on patients on mag, to check fetal fibronectin first before irritating the cervix, and many other things the ommision of which can make an intern look like the biggest idiot in the hospital.
     

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      When I first saw your headline, I thought you were going to say your proudest achievement at Duke was getting away with rape or something wierd like that. But ooops...my bad.

      Panda Bear said:
      I just got done with OB. The OB nurses, some of the best at Duke, liked me enough to collect money and throw me a going-away party complete with cake, chips, and a superlative taco dip. It was very nice and I am very humbled to have made such a good impression.

      All of you gunners and self-centered pre-meds take note: A good nurse is worth her weight in platinum and while you may be the greatest physician since Hippocrates himself, the nurses take care of your patients. They have been around. They are, most of them, pretty sharp and keep their eyes open. During the last month they checked behind me (at my request) on many cervix exams and tactfully told me that the woman who I wanted to send home was actually 5/70/-2 and should probably be admitted. They also gently reminded me to be sure to do a neuro check on patients on mag, to check fetal fibronectin first before irritating the cervix, and many other things the ommision of which can make an intern look like the biggest idiot in the hospital.
       
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        we're all so proud of you panda bear, keep up the great work!! oh, and just made the mistake of going to your "blog". now i get it, panda bear, like the size of your ego. yeh, hope the nurses continue to keep an eye on you.
         
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        we're all so proud of you panda bear, keep up the great work!! oh, and just made the mistake of going to your "blog". now i get it, panda bear, like the size of your ego. yeh, hope the nurses continue to keep an eye on you.

        And you read every word, just like you read all of my posts. You can't hep' yourself.

        What's your point? That you're going to show those nurses what's what when you're an intern? That you're too good to take advice from people who don't have medical degrees? That you are going to know everything about everything when you're an intern and will not need a little guidance every now an then?

        Good luck with that outlook on life.
         
        Just a general note, you may learn a lot in medical school but you will be surprised what you don't know once you start intern year. I have seen interns here at Duke, in specialties like ENT so presumably they are at the top of their class, reduced to jibbering motards in the face of real responsibility for patient care.
         

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          Panda, you rock. And I absolutely agree with you -- just 'cuz you have different initials after your name than folks who have worked in the hospital years longer than you have doesn't mean you know more or are smarter than them. Take advantage of picking the brains of folks who really have "been there, done that" no matter if they're another doc, a nurse, or the freekin' janitor. The point is to LEARN, not to be BMOC.
           
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            Panda Bear said:
            And you read every word, just like you read all of my posts. You can't hep' yourself.

            What's your point? That you're going to show those nurses what's what when you're an intern? That you're too good to take advice from people who don't have medical degrees? That you are going to know everything about everything when you're an intern and will not need a little guidance every now an then?

            Good luck with that outlook on life.


            Read every word? Hardly. Skimmed until I saw your offer to charge someone to either retool or essentially rewrite someone’s PS (ethical??). Besides, what makes you think you know what every adcom wants to see in a PS (ego). Just because your recipe worked for you doesn’t mean it works for everyone. But, it sounds like you already have this whole thing figured out.

            Oh, and about “those nurses”. My mother is a nurse, my uncle is a nurse, and my WIFE is a nurse. And, I am a veteran who served six years as an enlisted man. So I know full well the value of an individual’s life experiences, regardless of their hierarchal status. And even though you kinda get that (I am being generous), you can’t help but getting up on that panda bear size soap box and preaching to the masses (ego). That is so nice of you to say that most of them (nurses) are “pretty sharp” and “keep their eyes open”. And oh so nice of you to let them check behind you “at your request”. It’s their job to watch your [email protected]$, because you still don’t know half of what you think you do, and they are there for the patients…

            So reminiscent of my years in the military. Green officers fresh out of the academy who think they know it all. And then they think hey, some of those enlisted are “pretty sharp” and “keep their eyes open”, maybe we should listen to them every once and a while! I know your panda size heart is in the right place, you just gotta remember to check that ego at the door.

            You couldn’t have been more wrong about where I was coming from, coz your ego was blocking your view.

            ??Does anyone want this guy editing their PS??

            Good night, and good luck.
             

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              sf1991 said:
              Read every word? Hardly. Skimmed until I saw your offer to charge someone to either retool or essentially rewrite someone’s PS (ethical??). Besides, what makes you think you know what every adcom wants to see in a PS (ego). Just because your recipe worked for you doesn’t mean it works for everyone. But, it sounds like you already have this whole thing figured out.


              hahahaha. wow.

              looks like someone's sarcas-o-meter is overdue for its annual tune-up. Read his blog again, paying special attention to tone and style, and see if you maybe didn't misinterpret it. Did you hurt your head when you fell off that high horse?
               
              sf1991 said:
              ...And, I am a veteran who served six years as an enlisted man....

              Oooooh. You're a veteran. Like, wow. Cool. I gues that makes you an expert. I genuflect to your martial prowess. I abase myself to your soldierly goodness. Gosh, what was I thinking? I am heartily sorry for having offended your holiness.
               

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                sf1991 said:
                Read every word? Hardly. Skimmed until I saw your offer to charge someone to either retool or essentially rewrite someone’s PS (ethical??). Besides, what makes you think you know what every adcom wants to see in a PS (ego). Just because your recipe worked for you doesn’t mean it works for everyone. But, it sounds like you already have this whole thing figured out.

                Oh, and about “those nurses”. My mother is a nurse, my uncle is a nurse, and my WIFE is a nurse. And, I am a veteran who served six years as an enlisted man. So I know full well the value of an individual’s life experiences, regardless of their hierarchal status. And even though you kinda get that (I am being generous), you can’t help but getting up on that panda bear size soap box and preaching to the masses (ego). That is so nice of you to say that most of them (nurses) are “pretty sharp” and “keep their eyes open”. And oh so nice of you to let them check behind you “at your request”. It’s their job to watch your [email protected]$, because you still don’t know half of what you think you do, and they are there for the patients…

                So reminiscent of my years in the military. Green officers fresh out of the academy who think they know it all. And then they think hey, some of those enlisted are “pretty sharp” and “keep their eyes open”, maybe we should listen to them every once and a while! I know your panda size heart is in the right place, you just gotta remember to check that ego at the door.

                You couldn’t have been more wrong about where I was coming from, coz your ego was blocking your view.

                ??Does anyone want this guy editing their PS??

                Good night, and good luck.
                sf, you're new around here, so FYI, basically nothing Panda says should be taken at face value. His posts, his blog, all are basically satire and/or sarcastic. All kidding aside, I doubt anyone who has been on SDN for more than an hour or two would let Panda anywhere near their PS. ;) And you have to admit that his threads are infinitely more entertaining than reading yet another "What are my chances?" or "School A versus School B" thread. :idea:
                 

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                  Panda Bear said:
                  I just got done with OB. The OB nurses, some of the best at Duke, liked me enough to collect money and throw me a going-away party complete with cake, chips, and a superlative taco dip. It was very nice and I am very humbled to have made such a good impression.

                  That's pretty cool! A long time ago, my family doctor told me the same about nurses. He said his place couldn't run without his.

                  I'm about to ask a silly question because I honestly don't know, so I hope no one will laugh. I thought your internship year was actually the first year of residency. If not, then how does it work and if so, I'm confused by what you mean by you're done with OB?
                   
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                  ....I doubt anyone who has been on SDN for more than an hour or two would let Panda anywhere near their PS....

                  People do. And I have been paid. And they only have to send the money if they are happy with the editing. I don't claim to have any insight into the minds of admission officers but I do know bad writing when I see it and I have pretty good idea that what makes me wince in shame will do the same to most other reasonable and self-aware adults.

                  And, as I have said before, some of the personal statements I have seen make me cringe.

                  On another note, in a world full of organizations like Kaplan's and Exam Crackers, not to mention many, many on-line personal statement editing services, why single me out? Obviously there is a cottage industry in subverting the intent and spirit of the admissions process. Does anyone really, for example, do USMLE practice questions as a means of of studying for deep understanding of the material?

                  Of course not. The problem is that many people are emotionally invested in the admission process, treating it as a religious duty rather than just a set of hoops to jump through.
                   
                  Gabby said:
                  That's pretty cool! A long time ago, my family doctor told me the same about nurses. He said his place couldn't run without his.

                  I'm about to ask a silly question because I honestly don't know, so I hope no one will laugh. I thought your internship year was actually the first year of residency. If not, then how does it work and if so, I'm confused by what you mean by you're done with OB?

                  Most residencies have off-service rotations. Family Medicine probably has the most as intern year was all off-service. (I say "was" because the program is being closed). This year I did two months of general surgery, one month of inpatient pediatrics, two months of outpatient pediatrics, one month of internal medicine, one month of MICU, one month of obstetrics, and one month of newborn nursery, as well as a smattering of ENT. (Did I leave anything out?) We also do a month of Gynecology but I didnt secondary to some horse-trading that was required to get time to interview. (Which explains the extra month of general surgery.)

                  We generally had one half-day per week of family medicine clinic which was more than enough for me to decide to switch into something else (Emergency Medicine, baby!).

                  OB was my last rotation of the year. My last day at Duke is the 16th of June and between now and then I'm doing a few clinics and hopefully as little else as possible.
                   
                  velo said:
                  hahahaha. wow.

                  looks like someone's sarcas-o-meter is overdue for its annual tune-up. Read his blog again, paying special attention to tone and style, and see if you maybe didn't misinterpret it. Did you hurt your head when you fell off that high horse?

                  Could it be that sf1991 thinks my "Dead African Baby" personal statement is real? To tell you the truth, I had not contemplated that possibilty. Do I have to put a disclaimer in front of it?

                  Sf1991, wherever you are, it was a spoof. A satire. A little sarcasm at the expense of our highly intelligent but painfully earnest young friends here on SDN.
                   

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                    Panda Bear said:
                    Most residencies have off-service rotations. Family Medicine probably has the most as intern year was all off-service. (I say "was" because the program is being closed). This year I did two months of general surgery, one month of inpatient pediatrics, two months of outpatient pediatrics, one month of internal medicine, one month of MICU, one month of obstetrics, and one month of newborn nursery, as well as a smattering of ENT. (Did I leave anything out?) We also do a month of Gynecology but I didnt secondary to some horse-trading that was required to get time to interview. (Which explains the extra month of general surgery.)

                    We generally had one half-day per week of family medicine clinic which was more than enough for me to decide to switch into something else (Emergency Medicine, baby!).

                    OB was my last rotation of the year. My last day at Duke is the 16th of June and between now and then I'm doing a few clinics and hopefully as little else as possible.

                    Sounds great! So where are you going for your EM residency, if you don't mind me asking. I assume your internship year will now count as part of your EM residency.
                     
                    QofQuimica said:
                    sf, you're new around here, so FYI, basically nothing Panda says should be taken at face value. His posts, his blog, all are basically satire and/or sarcastic. All kidding aside, I doubt anyone who has been on SDN for more than an hour or two would let Panda anywhere near their PS. ;) And you have to admit that his threads are infinitely more entertaining than reading yet another "What are my chances?" or "School A versus School B" thread. :idea:

                    Hi there,
                    As a veteran of the intern trenches, I love Panda Bear's blog. I have become a great fan of his posts too. ROFLMAO :laugh: I thank God everyday that I do not do anything OB or Gyn and PB reminded me of my medical school experience with the "estrogen storm".

                    Hey Panda, how about editing my personal statement for fellowship?

                    njbmd :D
                     
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