17 January 2011

A clue, sherlock?

The big decision: internal medicine vs. pediatrics.

While on call on Friday I was with my team (vascular surgery, at the moment) on evening rounds checking on patients before we more or less leave them alone for the night. One of our patients was a young boy, so we had to trek over to the children's hospital to check on him. On entering the pediatric intensive care unit, I got this little stomach flip-flop. That little bubble of abdominal excitement you get when you're about to open a present or buckle yourself into the rollercoaster with 7 loop-de-loops. I wonder if that fleeting visceral excitement is a signal from my subconscious telling me to be a pediatrician?

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