Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

HIPAA is for reals, folks. All of my "patient stories" have been changed to protect patient privacy. I will change any or all identifiers, including age, location, race/ethnicity, sex, medical history, and quotes. Also, I am an anonymous internet person. Why should you trust an anonymous internet person to give you medical advice? Don't ask me, ask your doctor!
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Best Good Friend: I came home from 36 hours at work where I had, what, maybe 250 calories to eat and only peed once and I just sobbed. And I still wonder some days if I’m supposed to be a doctor.

Wayfaring: Amen to that. I’m glad I’m not the only one still doing that from time to time. 

BGF: Yeah, but you know, after 10 hours of sleep I’m usually back to liking it all again.

Wayfaring: Same. 

Got this pic of my god-dog sent to me yesterday from her mom, my best good friend. Poor thing tore her ACL and had to have surgery! Doesn’t she look pitiful in her puppy cast?

Hang on, lemme come up with some non-popscicle related reasons why Peds is cool.
the best good friend, while helping with this post

Did you ever consider going into pediatrics? In your opinion, what are the highlights and drawbacks of peds or a peds sub-speciality? -anon


I like seeing kids, but I knew I wanted to see adults too. I didn’t like inpatient pediatrics at all (ok, NICU was kind of cool), and the disease processes just weren’t as interesting to me as adult ones. But just for you, anon, I came up with a long list of pros and cons with the help of the best good friend, who is one of those lil kid docs.

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Next time you try to die in a foreign country, could you at least shoot me a text saying “I am neither dead nor seriously maimed” before you write about it on your blog?!
Is it good to be a doctor? I mean, are we doing the right thing?

the Best Good Friend, in a recent residency-is-hard conversation. 

This is a question that pre-meds and med students think they know the answer to, yet most residents and attendings aren’t quite so sure about all the time. Probably a question we should all be asking occasionally. 

What’s new? I got a new kind of ice cream at the grocery store this week. My dog did a funny thing the other day I guess. What am I supposed to say? All I do is work.
the best good friend laments on phone conversations with family during residency. She has a point for sure. 
I feel like our conversations always end with “hang in there”.

me to the best good friend.

BTW, sometimes residency sucks. 

violenceandscience replied to your post: Dogs in Med School, pt 2

More god-dog posts! I god-dog for my best friend who is in law school, and she does the same for my doggie. It works out great because our schedules are very different, so we can fill in the gaps for each other.

I got a text from my god-dog a few minutes ago (via my best good friend). She forgives me, but says that the picture makes her butt look big. 

May I request a post on the craziness that is Residency Interview Season??? Any tips or things to NOT DO are highly appreciated. - anon


  • Order something fabulous at dinner. It’s FREE. If they offer apps/zerts, say YES. 
  • have a basic list of questions to ask at every interview (not stuff you can find on the program’s website—stuff about resident life, where residents live, program-specific things, curriculum, elective opportunities, etc). People are going to ask you every 10 minutes if you have any questions. Having some questions makes awkward pauses in conversation much less… awkward. 
  • remember that everyone you come in contact with on your interview is probably evaluating you in some way 
  • a dry run from hotel to residency program the night before the interview so you don’t get lost and so you can plan enough time to drive. 

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Being a doctor is cool. I’m still in my PJs.

noontime text from the best good friend

I trust you…only because you won the “good person” award.
the best good friend, asking my opinion on furniture from IKEA. 
Well I was in the bathroom and I passed some blood and mucus and my cousin saw it and told me to come get it checked out.

from a patient of my Best Good Friend. 

I’m sorry, but how did your cousin come about seeing your stool? Was there a “hey, come look at this” moment? Or was the cousin present for the passing of said stool? I’m not sure which is worse. 

Best Good Friend: A, what do I say to Hispanic kids to get them to calm down when I’m trying to examine them? I need some Spanish words of wisdom.

A (who is bilingual): Well, um… you could say, uh……………………. uh…..Just sing the Dora theme song. Actually, that works for kids who speak English too. It’s particularly effective if you give them Dora stickers along with the song. 

Best Good Friend: Nice. 

I’ve been on Palliative care this week. Not a real funny specialty, but the attending is pretty funny in a very awkward way. While we were rounding this morning, she stopped writing, looked up, and this conversation went down:

Dr. Patel: (looking at me kinda funny)  Excuse me, what is your ethnicity?

Me: (trying not to die laughing while surrounded by people who are dying for real) …um, just white.

Dr. Patel: (more funny looks) But you look…different. 

Me: (different than what? You’ve known me for 2 days!) 

Best Good Friend: Maybe it’s the hair, Dr. Patel. (BGF looks at me funny, giving me a look that we both knew meant, “look, I’m just digging for something to make this conversation less weird”) 

Dr. Patel: (still confused) mmm…….maybe. (continues to look at me sideways)

Me: I’m a mutt like everyone else. I’m English-Irish-German-Welsh, I think, with a sprinkle of Cherokee. 

Dr. Patel: (more sideways looks and confusion, then laughter, then back to work.)

A few hours later she gave me the funny look again, and still clearly trying to figure me out, she asked, “has your hair always been like that?” I’m thinking, “well yeah, at least since we met on Monday,” but I showed her my ID badge with my hair still shoulder-length, which seemed to satisfy her. 

So now I’m trying to invent a new ethnicity that fits me just so I’ll have an answer for her. In Psych, if we can’t really nail down a person’s condition, we call it depression NOS (not otherwise specified), so one of my friends told me I should go by White NOS. That sounds pretty politically correct. Any suggestions?