Around here, things have been busy lately. As soon as I finished in the emergency room, I was thrown into the inpatient wards as the senior resident on service, meaning a return to early mornings and fourteen-hour days. And just after walking in the door at night, I’ve been heading straight for the laptop, getting down and dirty with code as I craft a content management system for one of my web projects in the hospital. With Shannon in the middle of her finals, we make quite a couple, tiredly collapsing into our respective ends of the sofa and communing with our computers until the wee hours of the morning. All in all, it’s enough to form the framework for a new reality video, “Overextended Dorks Gone Wild.”

That being said, I’m really enjoying my work. The web project is allowing me to finally pick up a language I’ve wanted to use for years, and get off of a CMS backend that I absolutely despise. It’s also letting me play with workflow design and systems architecture, which may not sound exciting, but which makes my brain feel right at home. And importantly, the project may actually earn me a little money — something that I welcome wholeheartedly, given that my looming move to Boston is already taking a bite out of my bank account.

In the hospital, as the only third-year resident on my inpatient team, I’m getting a great chance to see how much I’ve learned over the course of the last few years. What took me hours of reading and contemplation two years ago is now second-nature; a kid who could instantly drive me to panic as a first-year resident now drives me to start delegating tasks and taking action. (It’s even been enough to push me into starting a new pediatric arrest curriculum for the hospital, which has unquestionably been the most satisfying thing that I’ve been involved in thus far.) I now have only six and a half weeks left as a resident, and while I only feel like I’ve been a pediatrician for fifteen minutes, those fifteen minutes feel like they’ve been jam-packed with great learning, awesome kids, and more rich experiences than I would have ever believed possible.

I’ve never been one to handle idleness well, quickly finding something to fill any gaps in time or commitments. These last two months in New York promise to be busy as all hell, but I don’t think I would want it any other way.


I’d love to hear more about the CMS when you’re done with it. I’m going to med school next year, and have been thinking about developing some sort of tool for use by classmates or one of our free clinics.

• Posted by: Graham on May 11, 2003, 9:06 AM

Graham, I’d be happy to; that being said, it’s pretty specific to use by a residency training program, at least in parts. (That’s the problem I found with all the CMSes I looked at — they are either great for a specific use because they’re tailored to it, or terrible for all uses because they try to do too much and excel at none of it.)

• Posted by: Jason on May 15, 2003, 6:48 AM

With all this going on, Jason, I’d say it’s time to have a child! You will have no further problem with idleness. -grin

• Posted by: Jeff on May 15, 2003, 8:42 AM

I agree. I’ve considered hacking MT (giving the fields different names in the interface, etc.), but if there’s too *many* different fields, might be easier to just put something together myself. (Although MT Pro is supposed to support adding customized fields, too…)

• Posted by: Graham on May 16, 2003, 10:57 AM
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