i am an unrequited astronomer, pretend patient, gentle adventurer, pedal enthusiast, recovering calligrapher, occasional thespian and unfinished poet living in portland, oregon. contacting me via email is usually a good idea.
(note: long post primarily intended as a material archive)
I went to the SE Artwalk this weekend. I visited Amelia's studio, who let me babysit Miles to earn some extra money when I first moved to Portland. (Miles is now 13 OMG!). She asked what I was up to and I realized I've never really written about my work as a Standardized Patient, someone who acts in scenarios with medical students. I work with several different schools between Lebanon, OR and Vancouver, WA. Scenarios can include anything between a simple interview, a basic physical exam, or a full-on simulation w/ costumes, props & furniture, etc. It is SO much fun and I feel so lucky I have found the perfect spot combining education, acting and medicine.
When Amelia heard me talk about my work her first question was "Are you blogging this?!" I do post comments about my job on Twitter frequently, so here's a selected collection of my tweets with the #sp tag over the last 4 years. I imagine I'll update it as other interesting stuff occurs rather than creating a whole new post about it here.
all in a week's work: unplanned pregnancy, affair, angry street confrontation, stiff back, crisis homebirth, depression, rejected premed #sp
student compared abortion clinics to car dealerships: "well if you go to a Toyota dealer, they'll try to sell you a Toyota." #sp
"is there something good for you waiting at the end of this?" #sp #depression #bawl
If you touch me, the game is over. #sp #selfdefense
I like to use the whole scale, unless I'm punished for using the whole scale. #sp
nobody died tonight! #sp
reviewing "hail Mary" prayer for #sp case tonight.
you want me to play a character that asks a lot of questions? perfect! #sp
who am i this week? a hairdresser, a street person, a financial analyst, and a woman watching her husband die in the ICU. #sp
watching angry subway/street rant videos is pretty depressing. but i finally have a use for the guy who harassed me on the max last yr. #sp
student upset because my #sp character had an unexpectedly "male" name. "they'll be hearing from me about THAT!" he declared.
my comfiest #sp costume: big fluffy robe, tank top, sweatpants, handknit socks.
hey! i made my financial goal this month! #sp #march
f/u doesn't mean what you think it does. #sp
i sure do love acute cases. "i'm in a lot of pain and i have no idea why" means very little to memorize. #sp
next week is a big #sp week: 10 different cases & a training in lebanon. biggest stretch: 86 yo w/ congestive heart failure.
just ordered a stethoscope to do double duty as a play prop and #sp item. the best part: i can claim it on my taxes.
"you will no longer be subjected to safety pins." OH THANK GOD. #sp
just realized i'm two weeks out from the hardest event of the year and i don't have the scripts yet. #gulp #sp
made much more small talk than expected during depression mmi. "oh, you're fine? ok! what else can we talk about, then?" #sp
Today's case: Partying Pat! I love that I can pretend to have been at the @amandapalmer purple rain concert as part of my job. #sp
so it turns out being tired contributes quite nicely to Angry ER Patient. #sp
seriously, if you ever find yourself in a conversation saying something like, "don't feel that way," stop. #sp
that was a long day with a lot of concussions. #sp
Oreos: not the best snack food when a student is going to look in your mouth. #sp