a magical place

1 Sep

I just finished my three weeks of inpatient pediatrics on the Heme/General Peds service at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, affectionately called “CHOP.”  There’s just something about a children’s hospital…it does something to people.  John once remarked that even the assholes he knew peripherally during residency would morph into not only tolerable , but kind and accommodating people while on their peds rotation at Boston Children’s.  One of my senior residents, when describing her love of CHOP, commented that the attitude was even written into the HR agreements–all staff understand that it’s their duty, which they feel compelled to uphold, to be as generous to their patients and fellow workers as possible.  She sees it in the night janitorial staff, for example, who will often go out of their way if they notice something in a patient’s room that’s at all possibly disconcerting.

As a student, I’ve been blown away by the residents.  I can’t imagine how busy and stressed they must be.  Yet they are the only residents with whom I’ve worked who I have literally never heard complain or be negative, and they somehow still always find the time to go over presentations with me or provide me with teaching points.  They’re not saccharine, they’re just nice.  It’s part of the pediatrics culture, and it’s heavily engrained in the CHOP institution.  I would love to see how the HR contracts actually read, wondering if they’re anything to the effect of: “Thou shalt not be a pain in the ass, even if you’re on your 30th hour of call, have had children vomit and defecate over you, have had parents scream at you for keeping them waiting two minutes while you were saving someone’s life down the hall…all the while the pesky med student is perpetually asking ‘What can I do?  What can I do’  like an annoying chihuahua yapping at your heels.”

This is premature: I think I might want to be a pediatrician.


12 Responses to “a magical place”

  1. SP September 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    You would be a fantastic pediatrician! Just my intuition… 😉

    • Eric Rosoff September 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm #


    • annaojesus September 8, 2012 at 8:24 am #

      Coming from you, that means SO much! And your intuition is a big deal! Been thinking of you and your family a lot.

  2. Neal September 1, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    Took you a while to figure out what the rest of us knew all along!

    • annaojesus September 8, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      🙂 So kind of you–why didn’t you clue me in?? Thank you, Neal!

  3. Lisa September 1, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    You know that I fully support you being a pediatrician. Not that I’m biased or anything! 🙂

    • annaojesus September 8, 2012 at 8:25 am #

      Best support ever! Thank you!!!

  4. Toni Lupro September 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm #

    Ah, your blog never fails to totally inspire me. Inspiration is especially important MCAT week! 😉 Oh, and THANK YOU again for your advice way back way when; seriously, inspiration from blogs and everyone’s little comments came together, something “clicked into place”, and I watched my scores skyrocket. (That moment when you’re upset at your score being low and then realize last time it was your highest number definitely feels good, I won’t lie.)

    • annaojesus September 8, 2012 at 8:28 am #

      Wow, what a comment! Thank you! I’m so glad!

      I’ve been meaning to reply all week, my apologies. Is the MCAT today, or did it happen already? Regardless, I’m sending confident, butt-kicking vibes your way. And I’m so happy things came together–it’s a great feeling, even if it doesn’t always feel that way immediately post-exam. (For the record, I NEVER felt good after the exam.) Wishing you the very, very best!

  5. Alaina September 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

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