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On My Mind
August 2006

Beginnings and Endings

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006;160(8):770-771. doi:10.1001/archpedi.160.8.770

As any pediatrician knows, medical school and residency are filled with opportunities for learning how to keep a patient alive. We learn pediatric advanced life support and neonatal resuscitation, we attend lectures on how to treat children in cardiogenic shock, we participate in mock codes. And over and over again, we learn on our feet—helping stabilize a complicated trauma patient, managing patients who become acutely sick in the middle of the night, or running difficult newborn resuscitations. Through all of this, we are supported by attendings and fellows who answer our questions, give us feedback on our management decisions, and teach us new ways to care for critically ill children.

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