A fast, healthy weeknight pasta tossed with fresh smashed pea, mint and basil pesto and tender poached salmon. Jump to Recipe
I’m not sure yet how I feel about my paediatric rotation coming to a close. We have an eight week block as part of our fourth year of medical school, with a range from high acuity wards and emergency department shifts to six week baby check-ups and continence clinics. Though the majority of kids are easy-going and happy to talk about their favourite teacher or best friends, it seems that most of the art is in being able to communicate just as well with worried parents. Paediatricians are pros at explanations and reassurance, even in the most frustrating situations. It’s challenging to figure out what’s wrong with a child who can’t talk yet or says yes to all questions, but rewarding when you’re met with smiles and gurgles. Very unwell children can be incredibly sad and scary, probably more so than adults, but most of the time it’s positive with good outcomes. It doesn’t hurt that in my experience the paediatric teams have been the friendliest in the hospital – I guess you have to be to work with kids, and feeling included as part of a team does make being a student significantly more enjoyable.