Fun With Rounding

Lately I’ve been joking with my classmates about rounds. It’s really interesting how well rounds match the personalities of the people in that specialty. Internal Medicine rounds are notoriously long, mostly because each patient has a tremendously complicated medical history and multiple possible etiologies for their chief complaint. But most of the people on the Medicine team are just waiting to subspecialize, and each of the subspecialties have their own unique rounding style.

Rheumatologists don’t mind discussing antibodies all day. Nephrologists are all geniuses who can evaluate weeks of labs in a few seconds. Neurologists are extremely cerebral (pun intended) and can discuss a single image or lab at length. Stroke rounds were by far the longest rounds I’ve ever experienced. One day we just didn’t finish rounding. It got to be 5 PM and the residents had to put in orders before checking out to the night float, so we didn’t see the last few patients as a team. That was interesting…

And then Surgery… Ah, Surgery rounds, the very best of all rounds. (Since I last posted I’ve decided to apply to general surgery, but that’s another topic for another day.) Surgery rounds are just like surgeons: fast, accurate, and efficient. On Pediatric Surgery we rounded on roughly 40 patients in less than an hour and a half, and not a single detail was overlooked. It was beautiful.



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The Health Scout, "Almost" MD

Dalya Ferguson (The Health Scout) is a PGY2 General Surgery resident at the University of Texas at Houston who is passionate about improving medical education, healthcare quality, and health literacy. Before medical school, she earned a BA in Literary Studies with a minor in Philosophy and worked at a healthcare consulting company for over 2 years. When she's not working, she is usually spending time with her husband and family, studying, reading, drawing cartoons, or tweeting.