I'm an American physician who works in an Urgent Care clinic. I see lots of stupid or funny things that people do with-and-to their health. I cope by mumbling under my breath (and then posting about it on this pseudonymous blog). Thought you might be interested.
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And since people seem to be a bit confused about this: any "real-sounding" patients names are just horrible puns, and not HIPAA violations.
Well, turns out the American Sign Language sign for “digital rectal exam” is exactly what you would think.
Do you encounter many patients who use ASL? I’m taking it as a 2nd language, but I’ve wondered if it might be more useful to learn Spanish. My thinking was that it’d be more likely that someone else in the room speaks Spanish than ASL, if need be.
cranquis, how was it doing your first rectal exam? i am so scared. i’m only a 1st year so i have a while to wait but i know 2nd years are embarrassed to even practice on a fake body… i can’t imagine