Thoughts and insights from medical students
Ward Round: Sometimes its all a bit too much!
I'm feeling a little bit sorry for myself at the moment. I hope some of you will sympathise! We've rotated round now and I'm now studying paediatrics and working in the paediatric unit. This is my 11th day "working", without a break (I use the work working loosely, as that implies I get paid!). Tomorrow is my last day on and then I have the weekend to recover.
I'm feeling seriously burnt out. What kind of hours do other students do? My clinical partner and I worked with the on-call team over the weekend and we had a full week of teaching and ward time the week before and the week after. The past two weeks it feels like my life has just been non-stop, get out of bed, go to the hospital, come home, eat, do some studying and then go to bed.
We only have to do one on-call weekend per 6 week block, however that does mean at some point, you will be working 12 days in a row! Am I the only one to feel really sorry for myself and exhausted at this point? I am positive the FY1s and FY2s at my hospital do not have such long shift patterns. I'm so tired that I have done literally no studying and I managed to crash my car today (only minor, no one hurt). Now, I know bumping the car is entirely my fault, however I have to say the fatigue was a massive contributing factor.
Also, with me feeling so wretched and tired I'm really not trying my best or learning very much to be honest.
How much time did you spend at the hospital as a medical student? How much time do you think students should be spending at the hospital?
Oh and final question, what do you think of a uniform for medical students? Do you wear one already? Would you welcome one? Watch this space for my next post!