First week of placement
Toronto Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
July 16th, 2007 – by: cat_meow_84
I really enjoyed my first week of placement (after a nice 3 week scive :D), but am pretty shattered already as days are 7.30am - 5.30pm each day. I'm part of the Adolescent Medicine team in the Hospital for Sick Children (which they call 'Sick Kids' for short - a bit blunt from my British point of view!) in Toronto, which consists of an inpatient Eating Disorders unit and outpatient clinics for teens with medical problems / chronic illnesses, eating disorders, substance abuse problems and a 'tots and teens' clinic for teen mums and their babies.
Last week I was with the Eating Disorders team all week, and I have a couple of patients of my own to check up on - hence the early mornings before rounds! We have rounds each morning with the psychiatrists, dieticians and nursing staff - it's been a bit scary as I had no idea about any of the medical complications of these diseases before this week - and there are a lot. Have learnt loads tho and am looking forward to the rest of the placement. Alex is enjoying ER too - lots of excitement and responsibility - his favourite :P
This weekend we went to a medic's birthday house party, which we were invited to by my placement partner, Peter, a U of T student - clichey I know - which was exactly like the ones at home, only the students were a bit older - but alas no wiser :D.
On Saturday it rained pretty heavily so we abandoned our sunbathing plans and instead walked through Chinatown and Kensington Market and headed down to the cinema to watch Transformers! It was quite sad how excited we were that we could take a pizza into the cinema - simple things. On Sunday we went on the train (shudder - our last time tho) to Niagara Falls and it was a really nice day and quite fun, but they weren't half as big as I'd expected them to be!
The corporate machine that is Maid of the Mist was astounding - it was like a military operation. They had about a million staff, each with some ridiculously simple job to do (i.
Clifton Hill (the self-proclaimed 'street of fun') was also pretty incredible - it was like Blackpool on speed - haunted houses, ice cream vendors and souvenir shops all the way down. I must be getting old cos all it did was give me a headache.
We then (foolishly) decided we wanted to cross the US border in order to get a stamp in our passport. In the end we spent more time waiting for the go-ahead to enter than we did in the country itself.
This week Alex is on evening shifts, so I'm busying myself with SSC research and have a variety of gallery and museum trips planned for the evenings ahead - one I'm sure you'll be jealous of is the Shoe Museum - strangely Alex doesn't really feel he's missing out...
Hope all is well at home and abroad - (see previous entry for pics of this weekend) - lots of love xxx
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