the best way to learn how to read an x-ray

4 May

Everyday.  Morning report with the trauma team.  In front of 2-3 nurses, 6-7 residents, 2 fellows, several attendings and faculty members.

Getting things wrong (or just missing things altogether) in front of all of your superiors is one of the best motivations to get things right the next time.  And repetition is key.  Two weeks of this, and I am actually starting to identify that little sliver of collapsed lung on the upper right (sounds easy; it’s not for me), what tubes are misplaced where in the chest, when one of the “rings” of the pelvis is misaligned.  Bullets are easier.  They light up like a Christmas tree.


6 Responses to “the best way to learn how to read an x-ray”

  1. ericrosoff May 4, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    this happened to me too in the SICU!

    • annaojesus May 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

      and i’m guessing they’ll be more, much much more 🙂

  2. Neal May 4, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    It always amazes me that you go off as MS2s who are insecure and know nothing and return as MS4s who are self-assured and know everything. How does that happen?

    • annaojesus May 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      god, i have no idea, but i sure hope it happens to me!

  3. Neal May 5, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    I wouldn’t worry about it; it’s already started to happen 🙂

    • annaojesus May 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      i’m taking you at your word, neal!

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