Adventures in Medicine

Medical School and Beyond!


on February 8, 2015

Part of my education here is Maine includes a preceptorship.  What is that you may ask?  It is an opportunity to learn from experienced physicians and get valuable patient experience.  Each student is assigned to a preceptor for a 5 week period where once a week the student goes to the doctors office and watch the doctor work, take patient histories, take vital signs, do a physical exam, and maybe even give injections.  It is a chance to put to practice all the knowledge we have been learning over the past 2 years in the American Health Care system and learn tips and tricks from these physicians.

I was assigned to a pediatrician; which as those who know me know is right up my alley.  In just 3 weeks time I learned so much and saw so many conditions that my level of excitement of what is come has risen so high I don’t know if I can take it anymore.  Can the time just come for me to sit for the step exam and start clinicals already?  See this pediatrician is not good but great at his job.  He interacts so well with both the kids and their parents making them all feel welcomed and safe.  He loves to find things in little kids ears on his otoscopic exam such as bunnies, snowmen, candy.  He ‘forgets’ his anatomy and looks in patients belly buttons saying ‘lets see your mouth’, he looks at armpits rather than ears.  What a great way to make a scared kid smile  belly laugh.

Some interesting cases I was able to see include Klein-Levine Syndrome (Sleeping Beauty Syndrome) which is a rare disorder only affecting a few hundred people world wide where the pt sleeps for long periods of time and wakes up only to binge eat and use the bathroom for the episode which can last days to weeks.  This syndrome usually lasts for 7 years.  Congenital coarcation of the aorta (a narrowing of the aorta) which makes circulation through the body difficult.  Possible Celiac sprue (gluten allergy), possible Crohn’s disease, a child with tubes in his ears, an infant with asthma and GERD, and even a newborn check-up.

While an 8 hour day moving from patient to patient (seeing up to 24 patients) sounds like it could be exhausting but it was so fueling and enticing that I never once dreading getting up and going.  It would be the highlight of my week.

The other part of the preceptorship is learning how to write up progress notes so we must write a preceptor journal.  This includes about 4-6 progress notes in SOAP format from cases seen during the day.  This are the same style of notes that physicians write in the patients chart after each visit because in health care documentation is of utmost importance.

With each passing day and each new skill learned I am one step closer to my doctor self to Dr. Johnsen.


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Bek Moody


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