Day in the Life of a DOCTOR: Vlogging Infectious Diseases Rotation (ft. Q&A Memorization Tips)

morning guys I'm Siobhan a first-year medical resident currently I'm on an infectious diseases rotation so these are the specialists that deal with every type of infection that you can imagine anything from pneumonia to HIV or parasitic infections so today I'm going to bring you to the hospital and give you a peek at what this specialty is like stick around to the end of this video and hear this week's featured Q&A I'll be answering the question how do you manage to memorize so much so after getting to the hospital I met up with the infectious diseases team so that's the other resident who's on the team who is in our five or pgy five and that means that he's been a doctor for five years and he's in his last year of specializing as an infectious disease doctor as well as my staff who's the main one in charge and we look at the 30 patients that we have to see today and defied up you know who's gonna be going to see which patients but first the first thing I have to do is actually go and see a new consult in the emergency department and we've been told they were really bad infection um on their skin of their leg and I'm suspecting it's probably a cellulitis so we'll see when to get down there and the idea is we're going to look at the antibiotics to start and give them an idea of how long to keep going those antibiotics one thing that I really love about infectious diseases so far is that we're always giving it a go all over the hospital to see patients because everyone gets infections so we get to go to the orthopedic ward like I'm going to right now but also the medicine board the surgical word everywhere that reminds me um what if you had asked me a question a while back saying what is a word and I guess I say that a lot never never they explained the same thing as a unit same thing as a floor it's how we talk about parts of the hospital so on one word you'll have a group of patients who have their rooms there filled a group of nurses who look after people there so it's a way of organizing things and usually it's by specialty so many stairs it's hard to walk up the stairs and talk at the same time getting out of breath here we go up to the urology for now so infections do the kidneys or urinary tract infections that's recommend all right so now I'm heading to surgical step-down so basically these are patients who come out of surgery I'm actually going to see patients have plastic surgery not the cosmetic tape that you think but when people have bad infections on their their face or on their skin and they need to have skin taken from a different part of their body and placed in that that area to replace it so that's where I'm heading now so I just got my flu shot and you just have to allow me this one little soapbox moment basically before med school I used to always say well I never get the flu and why should I get the flu shot because I never get sick and that's when things changed in med school I realized that the flu shot it's not actually all about me it's actually about protecting other people so it's about protecting little newborns and it's about protecting people who are medications or who are immune compromised so maybe people who are going through chemotherapy it could be older people who don't have the good immune systems anymore those the people that if they get sick they can end up in hospital they can get really really sick so it's our job as a society to do what we can to protect them so that's my little plug always talk to your doctor always talk to a pharmacist to find out if there's a reason you can't get it but if you can i really suggest it all right on to the next now I'm heading to the critical care unit so these are patients who are often intubated who are very sick and may have more than one infection one day so okay and next I'm heading to the nephrology ward so basically I'm going to see patients who've had kidney transplants which puts them in a high risk for gang different types of infections that most of us don't only see or know of us don't normally get so doing that I've got two patients there and then I'm heading meet the team and then review everything that I've done today so alright we just finished going around and seeing all the patients as a team and it's just quick because we've seen them once already today and we're just going around with our staff to make sure everyone's on the same page we all agree with what we're doing and yeah now I just need to dictate a consult the one that I did this morning and just write a note on the computer basically and and I can get out of here finally got home and now it's time to answer the featured question the day which is how do you manage to memorize so much and I think the first thing is just to say there's no one way to do this there's no one secret method it's about repetition it's about finding things that are useful for you probably it's going to end up being a combination of different strategies okay so let's get down to some practical tips first I would say that cue cards are a huge asset when you're trying to memorize things and just drill down specific concepts so make your cue cards try to find some way to have them on your phones you can flip through them on regular basis but if you're looking to figure out big concepts and how they link together which can be helpful to memorize I would say get away from your computer get away from your phone take out a piece of paper and start drawing out diagrams and once you've got in a diagram that makes sense to you actually take a picture of it put it into your notes and then refer back to it because that image will then get stuck into your mind and be sort of a a memory cue for you another great resource are things like question banks often those are for purchase I did ended up getting one a medical school called you world currently in residency I'm using one called M case app but really it can do whatever is you find useful and it's just a way to see what you know and what you don't know then when you feel like you've got things down pat try actually teaching it to someone it'll show you where you're missing concepts maybe a term that you don't remember when you're actually saying it out loud and if it's not around just like talk out loud you don't have to be actually presenting it to a particular person or actually teaching a real person last thing don't worry if you're forgetting things because that is normal it's all about repetition don't get disheartened just keep practicing and those little connections in your brain are being made all the time so those are the main strategies that I use I hope you find that helpful let me know in the comments below if you have any other strategies that you can suggest or that you find really helpful and comment below if you've any questions that you want answered next week as a featured question don't forget if you haven't already and I will chat you guys really soon so bye for now


  1. Don’t know whether I wanna be a doctor or an astrophysicist….guess I have time to decide though since I’m in high school

  2. My daughter (14 months) has to go see an infectious disease specialist. Her appt is next week and I’m so nervous. Just trying to learn more about this specialty.

  3. I had a feeling you might mention transplants.I had a kidney transplant & I have to say cellulitis is extremely painful,I had that once & am a frequent patient of gout(thee worst )!!

  4. These videos are making me want to become a doctor and now that’s what I want to be when I get older❤️

  5. I have struggled for the longest time with feeling like me heart right in the middle of my chest feels like it’s squeezing. It happens and hurts at only particular times a day. Sometimes it’s hard for me to swallow because of it. I have had thyroid checked but it shows normal so I do not think it is that. Just a question, what do you think I should do? I’m frustrated at this point

  6. My horse had cellulitis. It was horrible. Though she broke her leg in her stall somehow. Triple the normal size, loads of antibiotics and wraps for weeks.

  7. You have inspired me to be a doctor. I am currently in high school, and I would love some advice and maybe help choosing a medical school

  8. I was just studying hygiene and Infectious diseases for my Paramedic-exam and this video showed up in my recommendations😂

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