On Vacation

I’ll be taking a blogcation until the the end of this month.  Keep checking back and as always, don’t forget to look back at my extensive archives.

On another note, I’m looking for new and unique medical slang to put into the Pandictionary. I will give proper credit and remember, it has to be original.  “GOMER,” “CTD,” and the like are well-known and done to death so we’ll skip those.

Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you have a particular topic or question you would like to see discussed.

19 thoughts on “On Vacation

  1. in my city, there’s an official abbreviation MO for “mental observation,” when someone has some kind of psych disorder/crisis. The police use it when they’ve got someone on emergency detention for mental observation.

    Its use has been hijacked though, and when some otherwise healthy 22-year old calls 911 at 4am on Saturday because he has nausea/vomiting with abdominal pain and a headache, and he states that he had some substantial EtOH ingestion several hours prior, he’s definitely a MO (pronounced just like the Three Stooges’ Moe). Basically, a MO is your typical abuser of the system.

  2. Skunt-up: The act of being busy as hell.

    The T is silent when said quickly during busy times.

    Skunt-back: The act of working quickly and efficiently while being skunt-up.

  3. You know…there actually IS a doctor at my hospital named “Panda.” It’s his last name >).

  4. 7-11 person:

    The bare (usually pot) bellied, usually tattooed, with some degree of toothlessness, barefoot person (or could be dressed Goth)that does his/her regular grocery shopping at 7/11 between the hours of midnight and 3 am. This usually consists of a slurpee, fruitpie, energy drink, and microwave burrito.

    The only other place that these people can be found are at the ER or Indian gaming casino.

  5. panda, love your blog. Just curious, what are your thoughts on caribbean medical schools..ie if you cant get into the US then is going that route worthwhile? Thanks

  6. I agree with dr b. And what have your experiences been like working with IMG’s?
    But great blog.

  7. I see you can find this one online if you look: NAT. Not a Trooper. Where I went to med school this was jotted in small print on the name label on the chart. The “knowing” saw it and knew the patient was a whiner.

    P^5T (P to the fifth power, T)- Piss poor protoplasm poorly put together. Some people know that one and some don’t.

  8. I know you have touched on your time in the USMC, but just for kicks, it would be interesting to hear about your experiences in boot camp. You could draw parallels between the first days of boot camp, with the first days of 3rd year?

  9. I am not, in fact, actually on vacation but only taking a vacation from blogging. I am doing a lot of moonlighting this month and, if you combine this with my regular work scheudule, I am somewhat worn out and worse for the wear, incapable of concentrating on writing.

  10. I’m an ER nurse and we get quite a few bogus back pains, toothaches, out of medications patients in our ER. I was talking to my daughter about the normal ER stuff when she said, “Yeah, I know what you mean, our clinic gets patients in alot who want their “perco-snacks.” I’d never heard Percocets called that before and I laughed until my stomach hurt. Is the term common only up north, or have I been lost in oblivion for too long?

  11. AMF YO YO

    Adios Mother F….., you’re on your own!

    Meant to be said leaving a patient’s room after a tiff.

  12. Panda,

    Would love to hear your thoughts on moonlighting. This used to be a really really hot topic. Don’t know if it still is or not. Some programs would allow it, others would not. I have not paid attention.

    But the controversy was: If EM wants to establish itself as a true specialty requiring a residency as a path to board certification (which I think it does in this day and age) then allowing “moonlighting” residents to work in some other ER delegitimizes EM as the specialty it wanted to become.

  13. From a nurse

    Status Hispanicus = a hysterical Latin female who, no matter the pain rating, will continually yell, “AYE!,” at the top of her lungs in the hopes that people will pay attention to her. After the 30th aye, the patient’s room is typically empty.

  14. In psych, we use the term “crackophrenia” to describe the patient with who comes into the psych ER floridly psychotic carrying diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizoaffective and/or bipolar, but always has a cocaine-positive tox screen, and gets better after a shot of Haldol (aka Vitamin H). The official DSM term for this is Psychosis NOS, but crackophrenia is so much more descriptive.

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