Ben Kornblatt, DO
Ben Kornblatt, DO
Intern MICU Rotation, 2013
I enjoyed working in the MICU for a multitude of reasons. To start with, there was great camaraderie among the residents and staff. During rounds we learned how to manage different forms of shock, respiratory failure, acid-base disorders and more. Also, the pulmonary attendings and fellows provided education on mechanical ventilation and titrating pressors. I found their lectures to be helpful since the subjects will be pertinent throughout my entire residency.
Even though the didactic portion of the service was very helpful, I personally enjoyed the ultrasound guided procedures the most. There was ample opportunity to perform procedures such as ultrasound guided IVs, arterial lines, central lines, lumbar punctures, pulmonary artery catheters and intubations.
While the days were busy with challenges, most of my clinical experience occurred during my week of nights. I performed the majority of my procedures and admissions on nights because I was the only intern and was given the first opportunity. Not to fret, there was adequate backup with an upper level resident and a pulmonary fellow on call. My ACLS training was definitely put to use a few times!
My daily schedule on MICU was consistent and always started with a cup of coffee. A usual day began at 6am to receive checkout from the night team, followed by pre-rounding on my patients. Around 8am, our team would round together – including residents, a pulmonary fellow, a pulmonary attending, and a pharmacist. Admissions, transfers, and procedures occurred throughout the afternoon. And later in the day, the team would round on our patients prior to checkout with the night team.
Looking back, my time in the MICU was beneficial because I receive hands-on critical care training. While we worked hard that month, we also made sure we each had some time away from the hospital to enjoy life.
(left) surfing with wife, Nicole, at the Outer Banks, NC.
(middle) clay shooting with co-anesthesia resident
(right) snowboarding in W VA with wife