Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Triple Clinics

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.


Ioana said...

i don't understand..you say you entered claveland med school in 2006, but you allready do clinical medicine (sorry for my bad english)..how come?

CCLCM Student said...

One of the features of our curriculum is that we start seeing patients as first year medical students. Now that I'm finishing my second year, we're seeing patients two or three times per week to get us ready to go on the wards next year.

Anonymous said...

Hey CCLCM Student:

I'm interested in applying to CCLCM for the upcoming cycle (the curricular approach is extremely attractive to me), but I'm a bit concerned about the research requirements. To put it bluntly, bench research bores the hell out of me. I couldn't stand taking on an extended project in a lab.

However, I've done some interesting research in the field of global health (surveying for chronic diseases in developing countries as a grad student, for example), and I'd love to continue in the field.

So, I suppose my question is, how much of CCLCM's emphasis on research is basic-science specific? Is there enough freedom to pursue other endeavors? Could someone like me survive there?


CCLCM Student said...

I completely understand where you're coming from, and I am much more interested in doing clinical research also. You would need to do one research summer in basic science (before first year). After that, if you want to do clinical research, you can. (Actually, everyone is required to do a clinical research rotation too during the summer after first year.) So I guess if you can make it through two months of bench research, you would survive here fine. ;-)