Shadowing Experience (I)

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Yesterday, I had my first shadowing experience in a hospital.

I started my day bright and early at 6 am knowing I had to prepare for a 45-minute car ride to Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

When I arrived, around 8 am, I took a 10 question quiz about patient confidentiality, filled-out several pages of paperwork, and received a day pass.

It was time to get to work.

I spent Tuesday, December 26th, 2017, shadowing a pulmonologist, Dr. Zidarescu–or as his patients referred to him: Dr. Z.

I experienced a lot from just 9 hours in the hospital. I spent the morning in the ICU and saw patients ranging from ages 40-80 years old and learned what DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis) was. Additionally, I learned the difference between diabetes types 1 and 2.

Seeing the Patients

Throughout the day, we met with a diversity of patients. In the middle of the day, one patient needed fluid removed from the space between the lung and chest wall. Dr. Zidarescu and a nurse used an ultrasound to locate where to inject the needle to perform a Thoracentesis procedure.

Unfortunately, I got light-headed and felt like I was going to faint, so I asked to be excused and sat down in the hall until they were done.

After this happened, I immediately felt embarrassed but some doctors and nurses comforted me and told me that it was normal and they shared some of their Med school stories and how they fainted. “It happens to the best of us,” said a nurse as she wished me luck on my journey.

After the Thoracentesis, Dr. Zidarescu came out to make sure I was okay, and then we continued to see patients.

We saw patients with lung cancer, influenza, and DKA. After meeting with each individual patient, I realized how diverse the pulmonology specialty is. Even Dr. Zidarescu said that his work is “75% pulmonology and 25% internal medicine.”

Overall, I had a really great experience at the hospital and learned a lot about how to handle patients, how to have patience, and how to be informative (without scaring the patients).

I am very thankful for Dr. Zidarescu and the time he spent with me (thank you, Dr. Z!).

With this experience, I hope to expand my knowledge about hospital work and hope to have more experiences like this.

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