“What’s your airway plan, Michelle?”
To be quite frank, I don’t think I actually listened to what my junior said in response. Without much thought, I promptly replied (in my big boy voice), “Awesome, I’m going to help you set up.”
Since July, I’ve been told that I’m a “senior resident.” I’ve also been told (by Uncle Ben), with great power comes great responsibility. Now that my co-residents and I have been tasked with supervising our juniors and running a team, I’ve encountered a new dimension to clinical medicine – the art of precepting. Suffice it to say, I have never been more tired as a resident. For ten to twelve hours, I am obsessively reviewing labs, looking at imaging, verifying that urine and cultures has been sent, leading resuscitations, and constantly running the triage board. It’s difficult evaluating critically ill patients; it’s even more challenging delegating responsibility and making sure things don’t fall through the cracks in a hectic ED setting when you aren’t always the primary provider.