My shopping trip went well and I actually found some decent clothes at a store where my size was the smallest, but the clothing was cut to actually be comfortable and stylish. Sweet.
So, off I go to the pediatrician’s office in my new duds, only to find out it was casual Friday and everyone was in capris and jeans. Oh, well, better dressier than scruffier. I was introduced to the staff and my preceptor-to-be, everyone was very nice and welcoming. I started feeling better about my future already.
We spent the morning looking at rashes (ptyriasis, saw it in the book. Now, it means something and I will recognize it in the future), lots of cranky babies with sore ears (it turned out to be ear infection day), diaper rash, a strep throat, 3 well baby checks and teens with headaches (2). This office did everything on computer, it was actually pretty user-friendly, and efficient.
End result: I actually was remembering things when I saw the patients, got to see tympanometry and insufflation, and learned a lot in just one day. What fun. I think I can actually do this! Yes!
And yes, you do get to see what the presenting complaint is before you go in, and you do get a chance to formulate a plan. Okay, I’m cool with all of this.