All The Things That Happen During Ward Rounds (When You Don’t Know The Answer)

May 8, 2020

So, it’s clinical year and you are excited about your first posting. All gassed up and ready to move stuff. Ready to rock your white coat and show the world that you have arrived.

Only one small problem: Clinical year is way different from pre-clinical and you haven’t been reading. If this sounds like you, let’s tell your story.

1) You fight to stay at the back.

Out of sight, out of mind.

2) Pray to God that no one calls your name.

Lord, I promise to always serve you if you get me out of this in one piece.

3) Nod enthusiastically even though you have no clue what’s being said.

At least let them think I am serious.

4) Your face after they percuss you.

I am not crying. It’s just my allergies acting up.

Stony dull et al.

5) The patient consoling you after the Consultant has finished your life.

Me, a whole first in primary 5.

6) The look you give the ITK in your group.

Stop making us look bad.

7) Your face when the ITK doesn’t know the answer to a question.

My village people have reached here.

8) Your legs after one hour.

Why are we suffering here, it’s not like we are even contributing.

9) When you finally hear that you can leave.

Affliction will not rise again.

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