Sorry about the blogging hiatus. I have started my internal medicine rotation. It has been really great. I like my attending physician, the resident, the intern, and the other medical student. I even like the nurses. I love working in the wards with the patients. I has been a great experience so far. But, I have been really busy, and working longer hours than any of the other rotations I have completed. So, not much time for blogging.
There are a few books that medical students and residents tote around in their white coat pockets as references. One of them, the one I decided to purchase for this year, is Ferri’s Practical Guide to the Care of the Medical Patient. It does more than make my jacket heavy; it has entries on how to interpret labs, and the presentation, pathology and treatment of common conditions. But, I think the most valuable thing in the book is the quote in the preface:
Pearls of Wisdom in Medicine:
1. Common things occur commonly
2. When you hear hoofbeats, think of horses, not zebras.
3. Place your bets on uncommon manifestations of common conditions, rather than common manifestations of uncommon conditions
4. If what you are doing is working, keep on doing it.
5. If what you are doing is not working, stop doing it.
6. If you don’t know what to do, don’t do anything.
7. Above all, never let a surgeon get your patient.
From Matz R: Principles of Medicine, NY State J Med 77: 99 – 101, 1977.
I think it applies to obstetrics really well, don’t you?