A Day In the Life of a Pediatric Oncologist
As a practicing pediatric oncologist at an academic institute, every morning begins with optimism and a quest to win the day. As I walk into my office, I see my nurse flagging me down to sign a bunch of papers including procedure orders, chemotherapy orders, and home-health laboratory test orders. I get a hot cup of coffee and take time to catch up on emails, communications from consultants, referrals, and patient reports. Next, I review the children admitted through the inpatient service and their blood test results from overnight. Often, this is also the ideal time to review updates on new clinical developments in oncology, or to read up and educate myself on clinical dilemmas and ongoing research. This helps to prepare me for my resident education on clinical bedside rounds.
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