Day in the Life of a DOCTOR: Vlogging 24 hour IN HOSPITAL (and YouTube Creator on the Rise!!)


Hey guys, before the video actually starts I have some really exciting news. So yesterday some of you might have seen that I was featured as creator on the rise by YouTube. And I just want to say: Oh my gosh, like what?! I’m so excited by it. I never expected something like this and I can only say that this is all because of you guys. Thank you so much for helping to create such an incredible community with all the comments and support and I just… I’m blown away. For those of you who are new, we’ve had lots of new subscribers. The community is just growing and I want to say welcome and I’m really happy to have you here. I’m looking forward to your comments and to hearing from you guys. So thank you. Thank you. Thank you so much! Anyway, on to the actual video. Hey guys. I’m Siobhan, a first year medical resident. Today is Sunday. Another day, another morning, another call shift and I’m bringing you guys along for another 24 hours in the hospital. So today I’m sort of like a substitute teacher. So you can imagine that doctors can’t be in the hospital all day all night every day. So my job is to go in and to cover a team of patients for the day. So I’ll tell you more about it when I get there. It’s just coming up on 8:40 now and I’ve gotta get there by 9 o’clock, so I’m gonna call an uber and hurry to the hospital. Hey, so I just got into the uber. So there are kind of different parts to the day, so I’ll give you a rundown. So first in the morning, we do handover and then after that during the day, my main job is seeing patients on the ward that are already been admitted. And then starting around 5 o’clock, so at night, that’s when we start doing admissions in the emergency department. So I’ll still be answering pages and dealing with things on the ward if they come up, but my main job is admitting new people who were sick in the hospital. And then the morning that’s the fourth and maybe even the most important part. And that’s when you go and meet the morning team and tell them about the new patients you’ve admitted overnight or about any issues that came up on the ward at night. So that’s the plan for today. Alright, so it’s just coming up on 10 o’clock. Just finished handover, so I heard about all the issues. We’ve got about 20 patients on the team, but luckily I’ve got a med student with me today. So really I divided up the list and all I need to do is see about eight patients this morning and then I will talk to our attending staff about any issues that came up. So it’s about 2 p.m. now, I just have one patient left to see. I like to take a hydration break, so I like to actually go and get water, otherwise I get super dehydrated during the day. Anyway, so then I’m gonna be meeting up with the medical student who’s working with me and we’ll go over the patients that he’s seen and see if there’s anything I need order, I need to do or if there’s any of the patients I need to go and check on. So that’s the plan now. Alright, so I can give you a bit of a sense of what our notes typically look like when we’re seeing a patient. So first I go and see them, see how they’re doing and then I write a note in their chart. So this would be a typical note, you know, you put your title, so who you are. Date and time, you put the patient’s identification. It’s usually their age and what brought them in. Then this is your subjective section, so you talk about what the patient told you, what the nurses told you, then you move on to… This is your objective sections, so you go through their vital signs. So blood pressure, heart rate, what their oxygen is like, their temperature. You document their physical exam findings, talk about their lab results. So maybe their blood counts or they had a chest x-ray, write all that down here. And the last part is maybe the most important thing and that’s when you talk about all the issues that the patient has. So you talk about the first issue and then you write the plan and then the second issue. And for some people there may be four or five different issues. Oh, there goes my pager. So here we go, okay. Oh, which one is it? This one. Sorry about the page, that was about it actually for the note-taking. And you have to make sure that there’s a note each day for each patient. And the reason is that if someone else came along and wanted to look at the chart to figure out what’s going on with the patient, say they got very sick, they want to have the most updated version and to know what you were thinking and how you’ve been treating that patient. So it’s the best way of communicating is documenting everything in that chart. 2:30 Now and I’m done seeing my patients, the ones that were assigned to me. So now I’m just going to go and find the medical student and chat with him about his patients. Now we’re entering into phase three of the evening. So that’s basically when we’re done seeing all the patients and now it’s all about the patients who are going to be coming into the emergency department and who need to be seen and assessed to determine if they need to get admitted to the hospital overnight. So now I’m gonna go and try to snag myself a call room before the busyness of the evening starts. So it’s 5:15 now. I just went to the consult room to check and see if there were any new patients that we have to see. And luckily there’s no one to see right now, so I just snuck off to my call room. And the thing that I haven’t really been able to show you guys yet that is so amazing about being on call, if there’s something that’s so amazing, is sort of the camaraderie and you really feel like it’s a group of you that are get through the night together. And you make good friends and you get to chat in the hallways and you know, people buy food together and they laugh and you make jokes and, I don’t know, I guess people commiserate a little bit and it’s a bit of a bonding experience. So it’s not like you’re at alone right now. We’ve got a senior medical resident here, you’ve got other internal medicine residents and medical students and then you have other friends that you’ve got in the hospital. So if you run into some of the nurses that you know or maybe you consult like cardiology or a different service and they come into the room and say hi to you and say: ”Oh, yeah… Like I heard you wanted me to see this patient. What’s up?” And then you talk a little bit. So there’s this sort of nice vibe. Not to say that sometimes you don’t have experiences with people that are less pleasant, but for the most part it’s actually a really nice experience and it helps you get through these nights. 7 p.m. Just got paged to go to the emergency department and see a consult. So I guess it’s a good way to start the night getting some sleep, but it was pretty disorienting. I think I sort of forgot that I was on call and actually I fell right asleep, which is nice. It’s 10:30 now, I actually finished the consult pretty quickly. It’s a patient who had a fall and had a fracture, so it’s a break and been admitted into hospital. But after that I was called up to the ward, because there’s a patient whose heart rate is going really fast and blood pressure is quite low. So patient seems pretty sick and so we started some medications and someone I’m gonna have to keep a close eye on tonight. So for now as the medication starting to work, I’m actually going to have some dinner and I’m gonna go check back up on her after that. Just heading back up to check on that patient, so let’s see how she’s doing. I actually just went and spoke to my senior medical resident, just to get a second opinion to make sure they agreed with what I was doing and the consensus we’re doing the right thing, but you know, we’ll see once I get up there. Alright, so the patient is looking a bit better, which is good. It’s going in the right direction, but I’m gonna check in on her another half an hour and see how things are going. It’s 1am now. Patient is doing way better, blood pressure is coming up, heart rate is coming down. So we’re looking much better at this point. And I’ve just been called to go and see a new patient in the emergency department, so here we go. I remember when I first started medical school I thought it was really funny that we would talk about like sick patients, because you think everyone in hospital is sick, but it’s sort of a way of saying who is really sick, like who is life-threateningly sick. And that’s the difference between having a cold and when we say we’re sick. I have a cold, I’m gonna stay home from work versus when a doctor says this patient is sick, it has a very different meaning. So when I’m saying I’m worried about this patient tonight and I’m saying they’re sick, that means that they could potentially be life-threateningly sick. So I left the hospital at 9 o’clock. The rest of the night was such a blur. I always love to share with you guys, but honestly I just… I didn’t have it in me to be vlogging. And I think it’s because I was trying to go between looking at this patient and I was starting to get really tired. So in the end, I’m really happy to say she did not need to go to the ICU. She ended up doing well in the end. And then I was actually able to get a solid two hours of sleep at the end of the night. So I sort of slept from 5:30 to 7:30 in the morning and now it’s freedom for me. I just went to the grocery store, got myself some breakfast and now I’m gonna be heading off to sleep. Thanks for watching guys. It is such a pleasure to see all of your comments. I read them all and I love to hear from you. So don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already, if you want to see more vlogs like this and I will be chatting with you guys soon. So bye for now!

100 thoughts on “Day in the Life of a DOCTOR: Vlogging 24 hour IN HOSPITAL (and YouTube Creator on the Rise!!)

  1. Your videos are seriously so good, I'm not even on the medicine track but you've quickly become one of my favorite creators!!!

  2. I love watching your vlogs. It’s such a change of pace from the traditional ones you usually see. I find it interesting watching behind the scenes. I live with chronic illness and can appreciate all the hard work you put in for your patients

  3. I can’t believe I found your channel! I have wanted to be a reconstructive surgeon for as long as I can remember. I am currently a sophomore in college, 20 years old, and an EMT in LA. And obviously planning to go to medical school and continue my path! I also have played the viola for 17 years!! I’m so excited to binge watch your videos☺️☺️

  4. What kind of medicine do you do? Is it just internal? I'm trying to figure out a few more things I might want to do and what you do is something that Ive been loving because of your videos!!

  5. I just found your channel and I'm hooked! I've flown through your videos and am fascinated. I have Ehlers Danlos syndrome type 3 and have navigated through our system (I'm in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) so I love seeing it from your point of view! Thank you for your passion in medicine and always wanting to learn. Thank you for what you do!

  6. Good for you! Don't ever apologize for putting your patients and yourself first. Anything you have time or energy to share with us is appreciated, but never at the expense of the above😀

  7. Do you have any advice for a junior in high school on wanting to proceed to become a doctor or registered nurse in the future?

  8. I am a retired RN who worked 20 years in Critical Care. I would not have the stamina of course now but I loved the “team” approach to the patients. It was so rewarding. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy following you.

  9. Hi Sioban, I was wondering if you could do a video about your average week, detailing how many hours worked, patients seen etc? Also I'm not sure how much you know about junior doctors in the UK but I would love to hear your opinion on the differences and which country is better to practice in. I'm currently contemplating graduate entry medicine (which means medicine as a second degree in the UK) however i'm unsure if I want to work for the NHS, work life seems much better for residents where you are, junior doctors here are currently very dissatisfied with hours worked and the quality of patient care, our overun & outstretched ERs etc.

  10. I really enjoy your videos! And I love your energy you give! You really motivate me to get up and do something. You work 20+ hours a day and still are proactive! It gives me no excuse thank you for your videos! 🙂 God bless you!

  11. Hi Siobhan…. Hope you are well. I watched all your vlogs and waiting for new ones! I want to know how do you study during your busy week? Do you do UW or OnlineMedEd?

  12. All I do is binge watch your videos 😂 you motivate me so much! Decided to finally start studying again after procrastinating forever lol

  13. Your videos are so energetic and you seem like a happy and positive person 🙂 I get happy when watching your videos. Greetings from a soon-to-be doctor from Europe 🙂

  14. Q&A: Have you ever been too sick to work? And if so, does that count against you or does whoever you report to get upset? You seem like you take good care of yourself, but everyone gets sick at some point. Thanks! And thank you for sharing your life!!

  15. Great videos! I really like these types of vlogs, keep them coming 😉
    Maybe you can also talk more about the treatment or the diagnostic procedures you do for patients. For example, I'm curious to know what you did to stabilize that patient's BP.

  16. YouTube creator on the rise is a big thing! YOUTUBE PBS Learning channels are very popular if they are good. I love random channels here and there I feel like I am on a PBS Travel show. Keep up the good work!

  17. Aaaahh, that’s so awesome!! Creator on the Rise..Go girl! 💪🏾

    & does it ever get awkward vlogging in the hospital? You seem so natural at it.

  18. I’m a high schooler and I want to be either in emergency medicine or an anesthesiologist. Your videos help me so much in realizing how my dream will become a reality. I love how you vlog in the hospital and you’re so real about it. I just love watching these videos and I hope you do more in the future!!!!! Thank you!!!

  19. My sister is a also an medicine resident and she is really secretive about her life. It is the first time I can picture myself how a day in her life can be, this video is very precious, thank you so much!

  20. Love your videos!!! Your videos just help me to make sure this is what I wanna do in future and I can’t wait to get into the pre med!!! And have a good sleep~!❤️

  21. hey. How long did it take you to become a doctor and what are the different types of doctors. Thank you. (wanting to become a doctor)

  22. I want to be a pathologist but am unsure so when I do residency do I do a bit of everything then specialize in pathology??

  23. What is the differeence between an on call shift and a regular one? How do they work? as sometimes you say have on call and sometimes you are just seeing patients. Btw I love ur videos, they r so cool to watch

  24. I'm a paramedic student and I'm doing my clinicals right now and I have to say, you are one of my favorite medical YouTubers. You're so positive, it's contagious and I get so excited to go back to the hospital to do more clinicals!

  25. Can you please explain the difference between a subarachnoid hemorrhage and an epidural hematoma? What's the typical treatment? Survivability? Lingering headaches or life impacting results? Can they cure hypertension? I had HTN then a subarachnoid hemorrhage and never had HTN since.

  26. I love your channel sooo much, it gives me soo much motivation – and i am going to take a new path to become a doctor, so this gives me soo much hope and that its never too late to go after what you love and enjoy!

  27. Sorry a basic question but what was your management for patient with low bp and tachycardia ? Iv fluids ?

  28. It’s so surreal seeing all these hospitals that I’ve been a patient at! I had my stent put in the HIU at the hospital you did this rotation at. If I was younger (and healthier) I’d be pursuing a medical career so I find your videos incredibly interesting!

  29. I’m at your hospital quite a bit last few years unfortunately.. I stumbled upon your video on my news feed and come to find out your in my city! Your videos are so interesting.. maybe one day I’ll have the pleasure meeting you and you could enjoy reviewing my case 😉 (complicated) 🙁

  30. Hi Siobhan! I’m so obsessed with your channel, esp your call shift videos! You’re such a natural speaker! Question for you, though! Has being a doc made you more, or less of a germophobe? I haven’t seen you touch on that yet and I’d love to! Are you obsessive about washing your hands? Do you ever change your scrubs during a shift cos they feel grody?! Does opening doors in hospital gross you out? What about seeing sick contagious patients?? Thanks!

  31. When I was like 5 I wanted to be a doctor also I wanted to be one for a few years after that I I think I wanted to be a doctor because my grandma died when I was 5 so yeah (cancer) leukemia

  32. Binge watching all your videos since yesterday! So glad I found you ❤️ you look so beautiful also without any makeup 😍jelly

  33. Will I hope that I don't go to the hospital!! But Great video

    Where do you sleep at night if you have time too sleep second how long do you stay at the hospital

  34. I am a counselor who recently graduated with a bachelors degree in behavioral science.. after studying mental health for so long, it’s nice to see the medical aspect of health! I love your videos!

  35. Siobhan, your personality is stunning ❤️ such a beautiful human, lovely smile and attitude, keep it up! I admire your work and the way you seem to handle everything 😊

  36. Last time I visited the ER, the doctor commented, he had many patients come in with nothing really wrong with them. Wondered if you get many patients coming to the ER unnecessarily.

  37. Lol you can tell how excited you are because I've seen a lot of your videos now and I have yet to see a video where the first thing you do is introduce yourself lol…

  38. Its a treat to look at your videos, keep up the hard work. I love how you pummel through the "24 hour" call shifts, and try to keep your points in mind when I deal with my own job.

  39. Girl look at you a year later!! I'm literally never gonna become a doctor cause I'm too squeamish but I will so gladly live vicariously through you! And this makes me appreciate the medical field in a new way and I relate fully also being Canadian. 🇨🇦
    Just confirming, are you going to be at the Doctor Who I would see if I went into emerge and then stayed in the hospital rather than the doctor I would go see with my parents?

  40. Who would give her videos a dislike? I honestly and truly fail to find a single bad thing about her and hope more people see her videos to get motivation and inspiration. Such a beautiful and positive role model!

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