A Day in the Life
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Kind of like Lennon and McCartney, but it's a day in life
of a medical student, and it's a cleaner version.*
A "day in the life" may become a periodic feature of our pediatric career blog, and we're kicking it off here because this weekend the parents of our GW medical students
had the opportunity to see what their (adult) children are learning in medical school. I was fortunate enough to be invited to lead the pediatrics session and to have an enthusiastic medical student (future pediatrician) with me helping ensure success.
We called this educational session "when your kids were kids
" where we discussed what we know and do now that we didn't know or necessarily do back then, when the current medical students were kids themselves. New evidence, new guidelines, new issues, and new practices. Everything old is new again.
Following the "day in the life
" theme, we focused on:
- Baby you can drive (ride) my car, where we traveled to new guidelines for rear facing til 2 years, booster seat til 4 feet 9inches, back seat til 13 years, and best seat as rear middle. Also, no texting while driving, like 1/4 of US teens of driving age unfortunately do.
- Let it be, what we should just let be a thing of the past, of yesterday. Like cough and cold medications, like syrup of ipecac, like feeding solids to a 6 week old (as it said in my yellowing old pages of my baby book... liver and onions? really?).
- Twist and "shot" and no more chicken pox parties, a vaccine that can prevent cancer, and one to prevent severe acute gastroenteritis. And debunking the flawed and withdrawn Wakefield article.
- Here comes the sun and ultraviolet radiation hazards from the sun, skin cancer risk, hats, SPF, vitamin D, and tanning beds (avoiding them).
- HELP, and A Hard Day's Night, where we discussed that babies should sleep on their backs (with awake tummy time) and other ways to prevent SIDS. Also talked about children snoring. And the new CPR guidelines!
Though I apparently appeared young ("are you an intern?") to the parents of medical students, the advice was sound, strong, and well received. Amidst some reminiscing and some surprising details, we all had a good time. And ultimately thanked the families and friends of our medical students for the tremendous support and encouragement they continue to provide.*Woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb across my head. Found my way downstairs and drank a cup. And looking up, I noticed I was late...
About the Expert
Terry Kind, MD, MPH, is Director of Pediatric Medical Student Education at Children's National Health System. For the last decade she has also served as a primary care pediatrician at the Children's National Health Center at Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue, in Washington, DC.