A ward round for patients
- By: Benjamin Gillam
Although turning a ward round into a fast paced quiz is common among competitive doctors and students, medicine was no longer the only subject on offer. My firm consultant posed questions that I did not expect at a patient’s bedside at 9 am, but answers were expected anyway. Luckily I had seen the news that morning.
“Well?” he repeated in frustration to the four fresh faces desperately trying to formulate a plausible suggestion. “Who is the president of Europe in waiting?” My colleagues fell silent while I responded confidently. Visibly appalled, our senior’s voice echoed around the ward, “Christ. Do you people know nothing?” We had let him down. Evidently, knowing the signs and symptoms of calciphylaxis was not enough to satisfy this consultant.
This eclectic mix of clinical medicine and world affairs was apparently a tradition on this ward. I had a long month ahead.
For four weeks the