This week, I have three clinics, but it isn't too bad since we didn't have classes yesterday for MLK day. I had the morning off and did my year 2 geriatrics clinic in the afternoon. It was a pretty easy clinic session. Basically I just had to do mini-mental exams and screen some patients for falling risk. We also had an audiologist in the rooms with us, so we did some hearing screens too. It was good that we had the audiologist, because I think every patient I saw was partially deaf. The geriatrician has this instrument that he can give to the patients to help them hear the conversation better. It looks kind of like a walkman. The patients put on the headphones, and it augments the conversation so that we don't have to shout at them. Apparently patients can also buy these instruments to use at home.
Since we didn't have class yesterday, we had two seminars today and no FCM. One seminar was on asthma/COPD, and the other was on pulmonary interstitial disease. It was nice having no FCM, but wow, four straight hours of pulmonary path was pretty intense. In the afternoon, I had longitudinal clinic like normal. The weather was pretty bad, so I thought some of the patients might not show, but most of them did.