DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR: Vlogging in Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (PART 1)


Hey guys. I’m Siobhan, first year medical resident. It’s Saturday, I’m just arriving at the hospital and starting a 24-hour ICU shift. Today is gonna be fun, because I’m on with my friend Carol. So she’s a second year internal medicine resident, so you’ll get to see what someone who is a year ahead of me in the program is like. So this is where we meet in the morning. We’ll get handover, it’s sort of our doctors’ room in the middle of the ICU. Oh, here’s Carol. So this is Carol that I was talking about. She is a second year internal medicine resident, in the same program as me. So it’s kind of fun that we get to see what’s coming next year, and she’s my backup tonight. So she knows way more than me. No. No, she does. She is being humble. But so like, she’s gonna help out in terms of like admitting cases and you can imagine two heads are better than one, so… But we always have our staff who’s at home, who is willing to come in. Yeah, we are never alone. It’s funny, cuz I was in Siobhan’s place last year. As an R1 you’re just starting ICU and as an R2 you’re actually one of the seniors on call overnight. So yeah… Big transition, big transition, like I’m pretty scared for that. Anyway, so people from last night still aren’t here. They should be getting here any minute, but we’re gonna print out patient lists for now. So we start each day with morning rounds. Which means the whole medical team and the allied health professionals go from room to room seeing each patient and making a plan for the day. Well, it’s 9:50, just literally 10 minutes into rounds and we already got a consult going to the emergency department. So I’m gonna head there now, see if we need to admit this patient. It sounds like they’re having some trouble breathing and then I’ll report back to the team what needs to be done. Alright, it’s 11:15 now. Just finished seeing the patient. It was nice, because I got to see some of my other internal medicine residents, who had already seen this patient overnight. It’s always kind of nice when you see your friends in the hospital. So my staff just came and reviewed this patient. He agrees with the plan, so now we’re just gonna finish up and go rounding. But as I’m walking by I just saw this sign and the emerge is super busy, so maybe it applies. Okay, we’re heading for a team lunch now. So this is team. The weekend team is a little bit shorter than the rest of the time. Yeah, so we’re done rounding on the patients and then we’ll see what the afternoon brings. Carol is getting… Trying to get a sandwich. You actually feel comfortable doing like lines and everything overnight? So you feel better as a second year. Like in first year I was scared all the time and would always ask for supervision. And even by the end of your first year you’re supposed to kind of be able to do it without supervision. Because when you go on to be a senior, you won’t always have that there. Yeah. Yeah. But as a senior, like you start feeling a lot more comfortable as the year goes on. And in the beginning of my ICU rotation in second year, I would like ask for supervision for the first line, just so I can remember. Because sometimes you haven’t done one in a while. But now I’m feeling a lot more comfortable doing them and supervising them. Anyway, what do we have to do this afternoon? We have another patient coming that we still have to admit. Yeah. And up in the ward someone needs a high ventilatory support. Something called BiPAP, where you put high flow oxygen, big mask on their face. You put very high flow oxygen, they stay on it for a bit and then you try to get them off. Yeah, so one thing is that I really like is that you run into people in the hospital and they kind of give you a heads up about who may be coming into ICU. So the word on the street when I was in the emerge, is that there are two that may be coming our way. So in the meantime we are gonna sign out a patient that can go to the ward, so basically that just means that we get them ready to go up to the wards. So that there will be room for a new patient to come into the ICU who may be sicker. Also I just noticed this sign behind me Wait are you calling us fat? That’s funny, I wonder who wrote that. So it’s now 4:15, I’m actually in the emergency department internal medicine consult room area, it just has more computers down here. And we’re admitting the fourth patient or is it the fifth?! Honestly I’m losing track, this has been a busy day. So maybe that means that we’re admitting all the patients during the day and then it won’t be as bad. We will see. We’ve gotta go with one of the patients down to the CT scan, because we think she may have a clot in her leg that may have traveled to her lungs, called pulmonary embolism, PE. So that can be pretty dangerous, so we’re keeping close eye on her. So typically we don’t go to the CT scan with patients, but in this case our patient is really unstable. So we’ll be there in case she gets worse while she’s in the scanner. Sorry to pause it here guys. Part two is gonna come out next Saturday, so don’t forget to subscribe and click the notifications button. So that you can find out what happened to the patient who went to CT scan and what happened the rest of our night. Spoiler alert: I did not get to sleep all night. Thanks for watching guys and see you next Saturday.

100 thoughts on “DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DOCTOR: Vlogging in Hospital, Intensive Care Unit (PART 1)

  1. I have been following your channel since the beginning and I have loved to see you grow! Your videos get better and better each time and I love watching them. I am a senior in HS going pre-med next year and you inspire me so much!

  2. Hello Siobhan! I am just wondering about the internal medicine residency. When you choose to do internal medicine, do you choose to specialize later? For example, could you choose to work as an ICU physician during your residency? Thanks!

  3. Thank you so much for all the videos you do! I really enjoy them. I am only in middle school, but when I get older I want to become a general surgeon or a trauma surgeon. Is there anything I can be doing early that will help me in the feature to become a good doctor or help me in med school.

  4. I have more faith in a female doctor than a male one. Seems like females work with their hearts also. More sensitive with their patients.

  5. I am not a MD or anything but i am a MA just starting out. My next goal is nursing. I don’t think i can ever do a MD job

  6. I really enjoy watching your vlogs, I love how informative and interesting they are, medicine is so fascinating!
    They even make me question my decision to study business 😅

  7. Have you ever slept through a page? I know sometimes when I’m really tired and my alarm goes off, I will sometimes sleep rt through it. At times I have thought it was just in my dreams that the alarm was going off. Hahaha!😆

  8. What do you think about doctors not treating someone, because they feel like their contributing to the DANGERS of society by making this "person" "well" ?? Sounds far-fetched I know but this is true and is happening ???

  9. I enjoy watching your channel so much! I am a Nursing Major in college now and it is so interesting how internal medicine with med school differs from nursing but also has some similarities!

  10. Hello, I had a question.
    In another video I saw that your Residency was in internal medicine. What can you expect to do with this? Is this like a genera Doctor?

  11. I am addiccted to your videos! Every single one is so interessting and they kinda keep me motivated to study for the exam we have to take in my country in order to study medicine! Wish me luck and keep on doing amazing stuff! Greetings

  12. I am a 3rd year pediatrics resident in Thailand. I ve just subscribed your channel for a while and I love to see another doctor/resident doing like the same or different things in other country.

    Your shift was kind of busy lol.

    Im looking forward to your next videos. 😃😃

  13. It's cool seeing a full day as you go along. I worry about starting rotations in a few months. Idk how y'all handle the responsibilities of being residents and handling a lot of stuff on your own.

  14. I really like learning what doctors and nurses schedules are like! I really do feel that they do not get paid enough for the amount of work they do!!! Also I subscribed just on the base that she is so nice and just an amazing person who clearly loves what she does!! Keep up the good work!

  15. I’m currently studying A levels in the UK which are like the final exams before college and I wondered if you had any ideas about a project I need to complete it is called and Extended Project Qualification and I would like to do one based around a medical theme. It needs to be 5000 I just wondered whether from your experience at med school there was a particularly interesting medical question/aspect that I could form the basis of a mini thesis around

  16. Off topic but I once was in the car with a friend and Infront was an ambulance and I guess it was one with one of those ambulances with a curtain Infront of the back window and it was OPEN !?! And some older male was hella erratic and he was moving like crazy like in pain or in a panic . . . It was interesting and scary cuz I was like 13-15 haha idk just a crazy encounter

  17. I want to be a doctor but I'm too scared that I won't make it past third year of med school because I have anxiety which causes me to be insecure, especially when I feel the need to prove myself. I also always think that I'm way too introverted (I can work in teams, I can do presentations just fine but I'm just not very outgoing/ talkative/competitive and assertive naturally) Do you need to have a certain personality to survive med school? Do you think I could?

  18. I literally love you and your channel! Im from Ontario 🙂 I was wondering if you could set up a PO Box? I would love to send you things?

  19. This is amazing. I can't thank you enough the effort you out into your videos. Especially with all the added stress of working as it is.

  20. I hope the girl with the PE is fine! That’s actually what killed my father, so I’m interested to see how it could be treated to potentially lead to a better outcome.

  21. New Subscriber… Binge Watching your videos!!! So interesting! Hoping to go far in radiology. Definitely will keep watching! 😍❤️👍🏻

  22. How do you have time to edit this? You’re insane. Btw you don’t have to spend so much time on the videos, I’ll take simple jump cuts if it makes things easier for you.

  23. I love your channel! This is super interesting to me because i want to be a vet! I just found your channel and I’m already loving it!

  24. This is REDICULOUS! Looking at just the pictures and titles shown on those videos! The ICU is a scary , horrible place for a human to end up. Now we got Ms.wanna video my life on the job ,on the clock , making videos, & obviously has a little help from other workers . This is insane. Leave the er,hospital documentaries up to the pro and get to work! The ICU IS NO PLACE FOR YOUR LIFE ON YOUTUBE! I get where u might be coming from,but seriously this violated rights as far as i see it.Its wrong! Plus your facing death video , where u show"raw emotions about people dying" is cold. U seem very unemotional yet talk like u was so upset. But your actions,body language shows, just another day! This is very frustrating.

  25. Lol you’ve treated me in the hospital that’s soooo funny! I’m graduating high school this year and planning on going to mcmaster to be a doctor!

  26. Just discovered your channel !
    I find it so helpful since you give such a great insight into what medicine entails and I want to be a doctor.
    Looovve your enthusiasm 🙂

  27. I love your channel. I work as an RMT and I hear from my clients all the time about what they have gone through in the hospital. Its nice to have this perspective, you are a breath of fresh air.

  28. New subscriber! Love your vlogs! Im an LPN in a locked dementia unit, it’s much more different than a hospital setting so I really enjoy your videos and all the knowledge and experiences you share!

  29. My dad just had Brain sugery because he had a tumor in the middle of his brain. But he got the tumor out on thur and since then he's kinda having a rough time. So he is gonna hang out in the ICU for a couple of days. The nurses are super nice but it's just hard to see my dad like this. He had a drainage tube coming out of his head. A bunch of wires on his head. He's supposed to be in the ICU for 3-5 days. I've never experienced anything like this before. I have so many Questions but don't know who to ask.

  30. "It's always fun to see your friends in the hospital" xD I know in her context it's different but I had to lol

  31. my mom had a PE or blood clot and she went to two doctors one said it was nothing and she was really close to passing the other doctor was amazing and saved her life and i give well wishes to that women my mother is thankfully ok now

  32. I have a question!! You have such lovely long hair, but it’s always down!! Do you not have to tie it up?? Probably sounds daft to ask 🙈 xx

  33. Definitely remember when I was in the hospital one time I woke up in the middle of the night and it was hard to breath and stuff and there was a group overnight shifts I think some were students but they had the most store bought light ever and looked at me and stuff felt kinda creeped out but watching this I understand now

  34. Are you able to do a video vlogging in the NICU?or PICU? THAT WOULD BE AMAZING! seeing you help the little babies and children!

  35. SO…..you are just in your FIRST year following med school,….as in INTERNSHIP….. right??? Saw one of your other videos that seem to indicate a possible specialty in Cardiology. which, as a lay person, has been a area of fascination for me ever since I was growing up….. , same for hematology and immunology….. SO FASCINATING….and I just LOVE ANYTHING connected with the E.R. – Emergency!!! LOVE watching TRAUMA-LIFE IN THE E.R. They even did a few shows from DETROIT RECEIVING HOSPITAL….

    Years ago, i read a book called, INTERN by DR. X. It was fascinating to me!!! YRS. BEFORE CABLE T.V., let alone the internet…. I just love watching your videos, love being able look around a real live hospital in a way most patients would never get the opportunity to do…. I would be bugging the medical staff to no end if I was ever to be in a hospital overnight for any reason.

    I live near DETROIT… Look up WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL in ROYAL OAK, MICHIGAN…. They have become a major cardiac oriented hospital…. . Look up U-M HOSPITAL.., ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN….

  36. How many years do you do a residency for? After your residency ,can you work as like a GP? Love your videos. Love them even more now that I know you are a fellow Canadian 😁😁😁

  37. Love the videos. I’m in the social sciences side of academia so it’s nice to listen and watch something that is different

  38. Discovered this channel a week ago and I’ve probably watched 30 videos already. I love the insight they’ve given me into what hospital staff go through. In some ways this makes me want to work in a hospital and I’ve never had an interest in medicine.

  39. How many patients do you usually get on a given day? My grandfather is a super smart doctor who did obgyn for a career. He delivered my sister's 3 babies when she gave birth. It has been a question I've always wanted an answer.

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