Wednesday, December 22, 2004

3 Days to Christmas...

Oncall again today.
Boy, don't think I'm prepared for X'mas. Not mentally, anyway. I don't know, maybe it's just the thought of the year ending.
Darn darn darn. I think I'm getting burnt out, as I seem to be finding a lot of things to whine about these days.
For one, it's frustrating to me to see how the new doctors are being trained. People who do so much research, have publications and stuff like that. But they don't know squat when it comes to evaluating someone clinically. My interns think I'm crazy when I tell them I hear a mid-peaking systolic ejection murmur with a loud S2 and good pulses, and therefore the aortic stenosis is minimal. And they're amazed when the echo proves me right, but their excuse is, "Oh, with echos, we don't need to know all that."
At this crazy place, with more MRI machines that ALL of Malaysia, this may be true, but still... they're DOCTORS, darn it, whatever happened to the physical exam?
Another thing, I'm getting pretty tired of how superficial things are here. Without going into too much detail, I miss those deeper friendships my friends and I share back home.


Blogger Black coffee & a smoke... said...

Ever hear the song, "Blue Christmas"? Poor guy, I think you must be having one. But this too shall pass. It always does. The more docs like you around, the better off the world would be, so hang in there. Another week and two days and it's champagne time for 2005.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha.. we learnt that in first year med school.. but i still have trouble identifying the murmurs.. :p (yen)

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was it my hallucination or what... there was an earlier mail about ur korean-amrican dream girl?? ;) did u delete that post?

3:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Vagus_N,
Keep your chin up! I happen to chance upon your blog and you strike me as a person you is compassionate & good dr. God knows we need more doctors in the world like you!

Please don't let the horrible schedule and exhaustion change you. Don't get discouraged. Don't give up hope. Things WILL get better..

From a Fellow Malaysian..

4:16 AM  

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