So this entry will be devoted to the real reason I came to Israel--to do a pediatrics rotation. So far I have had 3 days of work and they have been great! The first day I was at Safra Children's Hospital which is a HUGE beautiful and new hospital which is adorable and VERY kid oriented with bright colors and lots of little play areas for the children. I spent the day in peds endocrinology which was very interesting considering the high level of consanguinity amoung jews--especially in israel which results in lots of genetic disorders, many of which cause hormone issues and thus a visit to the endocrinologist. Of course I also saw a fair share of diabetes and short stature too. In the afternoon there was a meeting with all the endo staff and the fellow--all women woohoo! And when they talked in english, it was great. They were all so smart and it basically was a meeting about all their interesting cases and going through the differential and what was the most likely cause and what the next steps were going to be.
The next day I worked with Avner Goren, the physician I set this whole thing up with and he was AMAZING! He spent time in america for his allergy fellowship and hes 1/2 american so his english was perfect and he made full effort to keep all convos in english..and he typed his notes in english so if the patient was speaking hebrew I could still understand because he was typing it out. He also spent time with me when there werent patients teaching me some of his tricks of the trade and it was great!
Today I went to a primary care site that sees low income patients who unfortunately dont speak much english at all so it was hard to follow a lot of what was going on, but most were well baby checks or URI complaints so it was easy enough to follow.
Tomorrow I return to Safra to do a day in rheumatology and then Thursday I will be in gastroenterology at Safra. Looking forward to it and will keep you all posted!