Booking clinic was not as bad as expected. I think we saw 8-10 patients (me and my chief resident). We were able to finish by 1 pm, which was good (since the next clinic panels start at 1. I hope my preparation helped. Next week, there are 16 patients scheduled for booking. That seems absurd.
For those not in medicine, booking a patient for surgery can be a long visit. You have to make sure the patient is worked up properly, talk with and examine the patient, determine the surgery they are to have and the mode of such (i.e. minimally invasive, open, etc etc) and then discuss all the risks/benefits/alternatives of that surgery. Then, you have to find a date for them and make sure they get the appropriate pre-op appointments, labs, etc.
It is a lot of check boxes. It is simultaneously type A’s dream and nightmare.
So, 16 patients next week in 3 hours seems like a really…overwhelming and slightly impossible task for one booking panel. My shoulders are creeping up to me ears with tension just as I think about it.
An interesting post about waiting for the doctor: http://raphafamilywellness.com/blog/2013/9/18/why-in-thedoes-a-doctor-schedule-an-appointment-for-240-and-keep-my-ass-in-the-waiting-room-for-at-least-30-minutes
Apparently, today was National Junk Food Day. A few days ago it was National Ice Cream. I think we should really space out the scheduling of these “holidays.”
In fact, with the state of obesity in the nation, we probably shouldn’t encourage celebration of sugar.
Speaking of sugar, watch Katie Couric’s documentary, “Fed Up.”
Finally, in my quest for the perfect notebook, I found this cool furniture site: School House Electric and Supply company. I love the industrial desk. And, you know, iPhones are cool and all, but I’m still into pen and paper. If you want to buy my love, you can buy me this weekly schedule notepad.
I’m going to go read about HPV now.
Coffee tally for the day: 1.5 (WHO AM I ?)