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So what do doctors do, exactly

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Pinkertinkle, Apr 24, 2004.

  1. Pinkertinkle

    Pinkertinkle 2003 Member
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    I was wondering if anyone could give me a summary of the daily/weekly life of an attending physician, in outpatient and inpatient settings.
     
  2. Alexander99

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    I asked someone this same question once and they told me, "Pretty much, they play golf all day." Is this true??
     
  3. MedicationWorks

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    Volunteer at a hospital and see for yourself.
     
  4. Pinkertinkle

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    From my hospital volunteering, doctors get to work in the morning, see patients for half an hour or so continuously for the whole day. This is however an outpatient clinic, I was curious as to what an inpatient doctor's routines are.
     
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    (nicedream) Fitter Happier
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    Wow, half an hour a patient - that's a lot!
     
  6. ms. a

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    Not really, when you consider all the charting that has to go into seeing a patient. They may talk to the patient for 10-15 minutes, then spend as much, if not more, time completing their chart. When I shadowed in a clinic, it sometimes took an hour to get through one patient (those were the particularly complicated ones, though).
     
  7. doc05

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    what do they do in the inpatient setting? it depends on the specialty.

    -in IM, they round all morning. then they sit on their asses and begin the mental mastication in "educational" conferences
    -in surgery, they get in before sunrise, round, then operate all day. and they always use profanity, especially in the OR.
    -pediatrics is like IM, except that there's more "goo goo ga ga" with the kids. and these people are so nice it makes you want to puke.
     
  8. rgporter

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    Let me get back to you in 7 to 10 years.
     
  9. UCLAstudent

    UCLAstudent I'm a luck dragon!
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    They help people. ;)
     
  10. mosfet

    mosfet Senior Member
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    what a cliche.......Couldn't you atleast make up something original?? :smuggrin:
     
  11. UCLAstudent

    UCLAstudent I'm a luck dragon!
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    Indeed. I was just making fun of all of the people who say that when an interviewer asks, "Why do you want to be a doctor?" :D
     
  12. mosfet

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    Oops.....Didn't get your sarcasm the first time around.
     

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