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24 Hours On Call
MON 10:45AM Residents are almost constantly on the
move, so they take advantage of every chance encounter as
they go about their work. "When we run into people who we
share [patients with] . . . we just stop and talk about them,"
says Ryder. Here, at the nursing station in the Intermediate
Cardiac Care Unit, she's paused to confer with Dr. Campbell
Levy, a gastroenterology fellow, about one of her patients who
is on another floor. Laquer and Herndon are listening in.
MON 11:06AM Ryder, D'Souza, and Brooks, on a service elevator,
are on their way to the cafeteria "for the first round of caffeine," says Ryder.
MON 11:07AM Brooks, D'Souza, and Ryder pay for their
purchases. This is actually Ryder's second round of caffeine—she brought a travel mug of tea from home and drank it
at morning report. This time, she's chosen a bottle of cola.
MON 11:15AM The red team meets daily from 11:00 a.m. to
noon for teaching rounds—often lectures on topics relevant to
patients the team is caring for, but sometimes visits to a
patient's bedside to learn the fine points of physical diagnosis
or to the pathology or autopsy labs. These sessions are usually
led by the team's teaching attending—Dr. Mary Margaret
Andrews, an infectious disease specialist—but she's away
today, so she and Ryder had asked Dr. Worth Parker (standing),
a pulmonologist, to present instead. He's speaking about
cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder involving a buildup of
mucus in the lungs, the ducts of the pancreas, and other
secretory glands. "We'd had a rash of CF patients," Ryder
says, "so I wanted the med student and the intern to learn a
little about why we manage CF patients the way we do."
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