The most important practical skill to learn to manage weekend call as a G.I. fellow is triaging. This is a skill that I continuously work on. The sheer number of consults that pour in over the weekend make triaging essential.
As of the time of this writing, I’ve started to learn how to… Place self expanding metal stents (esophageal malignancy) ERCP with biliary sphincterotomy, balloon sweeps, and bile duct brushing Basic EUS evaluation of pancreatic mass and choledocholithiasis Barrett esophagus RFA ablation with paddles and 360 express balloon.
A nurse asked me why I chose gastroenterology. 1) A close family member with celiac disease, and 2) GI represents the best blend of procedures and medical decision making.
My random thought at the end of the day today is regarding the origin of the word “doctor.” A simple search online will show that Oxford Languages, for example, derives the modern term “doctor” from Latin docere (to teach). Though I have much to learn about every aspect of gastroenterology and hepatology, more and more …
It feels good helping patients with their acute GI needs. Busy day today, but it’s rewarding in the end. Tomorrow is a new day!