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Returning to my blog

Hey again, all of you out there in blogland...

I'm back from my dead-of-winter sojourn through internship. It's still cold and snowy here in Chicago, but somehow I feel like the coldest, darkest, and loneliest parts of the year are behind me. Maybe seeing an inch-tall bundle of new crocus leaves poking out of the ground along 57th street yesterday (!!) has something to do with it. Maybe the emergency medicine inservice exam that I'm taking on Wednesday has me thinking about how soon residency will be over with, and about how soon I'll have to take the specialty boards for real. Maybe it's just that the days really are longer, even if they're still cold. For whatever reason, I see a big light at the end of a tunnel that I'm almost all the way through.

I also want to start posting on my blog again. And I think I want to post about my job. Most of my readers (at least the ones I had before I stopped posting) are not in medicine, and I think it would be fun to tell them about what it's like to be a resident in the Queen of the Medical Specialties -- emergency medicine. After all, it can be fun as hell, and I see some of the strangest shit almost every day. It would be a shame not to blog about it.

The only thing is, I need to find a way to do it that ensures that my patients won't recognize themselves on my blog. As I've said before, I think it'd be pretty shitty for one of my patients to see me in the hospital, go home, google my name, and be able to recognize themselves in one of my blog posts. It's not a matter of the privacy of my patients-- it'd be easy to blog about them in a way that no one other than the patient in question could identify themselves. It's more a matter of my own privacy. If I think the guy with the gunshot wound to the left buttock was acting like a little shit, I don't want him to find out about it on my blog. I'd rather keep it to myself, or if I'm going to tell him, I'd want to do it in a professional way, face-to-face. If the old lady with the rapid heartbeat that I saw the other night had me convinced that she was about to die, she shouldn't find out about it after the fact on my blog. The same thing goes for my co-workers. I don't want them to recognize themselves in my blog posts, either.

In law school it was easy to blog about cases and issues without mentioning what was said in class by particular professors or students. I never really blogged much about law school anyway, because I never wanted to, and I always had so much free time that I could write about non-law subjects pretty easily. Residency is different. I don't have enough free time (damn!) to spend two or three hours a day reading random articles and blogs and responding to them. These days, I want to post about what I'm doing in the hospital. I'm still thinking about how to do it.

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