Saturday, December 23, 2006

ER Diaries, Day 3

Here's the tale of Day 3. Started slow, ended long. Enjoy.

Friday, December 22, 2006

ER Diaries, Day 2

Day Two was a doozy, folks...the busiest day in the ER that I've ever seen, and, by extension, the busiest day I've ever had. Listen to the tale, tell your friends, and let me know what you think!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

ER Diaries, Day 1

I've started working in the ER again, and was struck today by how many amazing stories I'd already seen in just a few hours. So I'm inaugurating the ER Diaries: every day that I work over the course of this three-week rotation, I'll give a quick summary of the stories I see every day. Let me know what you think. Here's Day One.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Episode 8: Troubles I've Seen


Episode 8 is streaming now. In it, I talk a little bit about my troubles with the current state of affairs, and look at how they compare, pitifully, with the troubles of some of my patients. But troubles are one of my friends in college put it, "I believe in the relativity of all human experience." So I have committed to do something to change my reality a little. Hear all about it here, and let me know your thoughts!

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-D, MD

P.S. I'm looking for ways to make this blog more interesting and useful, rather than just a link to the podcast. Any suggestions are welcome.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Episode 7: Going to the Mailbag

In this week's episode, I respond to two separate emails from the Listenership. Yes, you sent me emails, and I read them, and made a show about it. In the first segment, I address Sharon's comment about the way I do - or don't - identify my patients. In the second segment, I pontificate on Anna's question about applying to medical school. This will hopefully be the start of a short series on application processes...I still want to do a show about applying to residency, too.

In the meantime, here's Seven!

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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Episode 6: The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

At long last, I've gotten Episode Six together. It's easily three episodes in one, though, so free up some hard drive space and enjoy!

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Next episode en route

Hi All,

Episode Six is on the's been a crazy couple of weeks. I'll tell you all about it in a day or two. Thanks for your patience (and your occasional messages inquiring about my well-being. My being is well, thank you.)

-D, MD

Monday, October 30, 2006

Episode 5: The ABCs

A story of my first day as the second-year surgery resident in our emergency room, where we coordinate the care of all the trauma patients and act as a regional resource for a farflung network of hospitals. On my first day, a doctor called in with what seemed like a question far outside the realm of my meagre experience. On second thought, it turned out to be pretty easy. The full story, complete with my proving my first-grade teacher wrong by correctly reciting the first five letters of the alphabet before turning 30, can be found here. Or, as always, here's the button to subscribe:

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Episode 4: Speaking from the Heart

Welcome to Episode 4. In this episode, I review some mail from listeners and talk a little bit about the trials of medical school and how they compare - or don't - to the trials of doctoring. Jarrad, whose letter I read, blogs at it out.

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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Episode Three: Sometimes Things Go Right

The highs of medicine are as high as you can go.

In Episode Three, I talk about the most affirming moment of my medical career, such as it is thusfar. I hope you enjoy it.

The podcast has been growing in popularity, even at it's young, young age. Thanks to all of you for listening, but special thanks to those of you who've taken the time to write with your thoughts. I want to tell your stories and share your comments, so please keep them coming!

In the meantime, enjoy Episode Three!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Episode Two - When I Chose to be A Doctor

I've known since I can remember that I wanted to be in medicine. There were times, though, when that choice was muddied by my other interests. And there were even a few dark months when I was pretty sure I wanted to be a lawyer, instead. One night, volunteering as an EMT in the local ER, I met a patient who made my choice clear. That story here, as Episode Two.

Look forward to hearing what you think. Thanks for listening.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Dashing MD, The PodCast: Episode One.

Welcome one and all! Or at least one! I'm excited to announce the start of the Dashing MD podcast, another way to tell my stories and, if I'm lucky, yours as well. This is a new venture, and I have no experience in doing this, but I've been granted a full weekend off from work and have enjoyed spending part of it putting this first podcast together. I was suprised at how easy it was, in the end. Whether it's easy on the ears as well I look to you to tell me. Enjoy.

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Monday, July 17, 2006

A new year

Time passed. And passed. And passed. And those of you who might have been reading would have noticed there wasn't much new to read. Those of you just starting to read will notice that there's a large gap since my last post. To summarize: I finished my intern year. Barely. I almost gave it up more than once. In fact, just after my last post, within a day or two, I actually picked up the phone to call my program director and tell her I was quitting. But in the end, reason (or perhaps inertia) prevailed, and I stuck around.

So I'm back now, a second-year resident, and things are a little bit better. The differences are subtle, but real. I'm more likely to be be referred to by name, rather than as "the intern." I'm a little bit more a member of the club. And almost overnight I find myself looking at the interns and thinking to myself, "I can't possibly have been that naive or incompetent or just plain _young_ a year ago." But perhaps I was, and probably I still am.