Anyway, complaints aside, it was a great experience. Although I think this has consolidated my thoughts not to go into general practice and specialise in something procedural, it was so insightful. It's interesting to note that I saw probably ONE viral infection and the rest of the cases were more complex. Lots of secondary infections from compromised immune systems, mostly in cancer patients. There were also a lot of heart conditions.
I mean, considering I'm only a first year and basically know nothing, I think I probably did quite a lot given the circumstances:
- Took some histories
- Examined people's ears
- Tested reflexes
- Performed breast examinations
- Took pulse, blood pressure
- Checked heart and lung function
- Lots of skin infections and lumps
I guess it kind of depends on what type of patients the GP is seeing on the days you're there. Really, a luck of the draw more than anything. I'm glad to have gotten it out of the way so that I can enjoy my holidays, except I have to do a reflective task on this placement. Joy.
I loved it. I hope the specialist placements at the end of the year are even better!