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Getting processed

I've spent the last few days at the hospital getting processed by the hospital bureaucracy. They need to transform me from an ordinary civilian into a first-year resident so I can start seeing patients on July 1.

It's been boring and exciting both. The boring part: hours of talks and PowerPoint presentations about the computer system, the benefits packages, the infection-control programs, etc. All accompanied by an avalanche of handouts: flyers, brochures, booklets, pamphlets, and laminated cards. Where I'll put them all I don't know yet. The amazing thing is how much of this orientation material is mandated by various federal laws or agency regulations. I was handed an evaluation form and told that my opinions were really important, but I don't see how that can be true when the hospital doesn't have the option of getting rid of the HIPAA compliance presentations or the OSHA-mandated demonstrations of how to use a fire extinguisher.

But I'm glad I sat through all of that, because some parts of the hospital orientation have been pretty damned exciting. It's cool to get my hospital name badge : University of Chicago Hospitals, baby. Then there's my printed prescription pads. Carey Cuprisin, MD. Yep, I guess if I'm gonna be a resident, people are gonna start calling me a doc and expecting me to write them some scripts for generic Zocor. I'd better start getting used to it.


Pretty freakin' cool! I'll always be able to say I knew you when...

Doctor C!

Me Too!!!

Congrats! Now you just need to learn how to write incomprehendable scribbles on those prescription pads and you'll be all set.

Larry, have you seen his signature? All he needs to do is just pump that up a bit. :)

Congratulations! Free prescriptions drug samples for life!

Maybe soon I'll post a picture of myself with my white coat and prescription pad. I wonder if that'd be legal under HIPAA?

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