I had prepared well in advance for this rotation and anticipated it with great excitement. Everyone with whom I spoke had positive things to say which only fueled the fire. All year I have been craving that feeling that told me this is the right specialty for me. Despite previous experience in emergency medicine, I left room for any specialty that could woo me throughout the year. Although some came close, none were successful. My first shift this week was late into the night and twelve hours long. Only a couple hours into the shift and I was hooked...again. Emergency medicine feels right and holds my interest, even at 3 o'clock in the morning when the conditions may be less than favorable.
It is one of the more exciting events of my third year, to walk to my car after a long day of work and feel just as enthusiastic to return the following day. There is a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment which are perhaps afforded by the instant gratification that the treatment of acute conditions can offer. It is fast paced, full of variety, and there is room to really make a difference. If you don't believe me, ask the patient we coded last night whose heart started again after CPR and a few medications. In only a couple of nights I have been exposed to horrific cancers, multiple stab wounds, and minor illnesses alike. Somewhere between the medicine and procedures the coolness of it all sinks in. How reassuring to have finally figured out my specialty, because I was starting to worry that nothing would stand out.
Question of the Week
A 28-year-old HIV-positive male complains of pain on swallowing. Physical examination is remarkable for white plaque-like material on his tongue and buccal mucosa, which is scraped and sent to the laboratory. Based on these findings, and on the laboratory results, the man is diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). With which of the following agents is the man most likely infected?
A. Candida albicans
C. Herpes simplex I
D. Human herpesvirus 8
E. Human papilloma virus
Answer & Explanation