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Oscar Night in the ICU

In this edition of the Physician Grind Narratives. Dr. Rob McMickle shares with us his experience working in the ICU while the Oscars are going on. “The Oscars will come and go year after year; but the most painfully dramatic and honest moments of human existence that require no stage, grandeur, self-importance, or smitten audience will continue to transpire daily in the unit.“

The Pepsi Center Blew Up

It’s the first day of my first ER rotation as an intern. I had endured months on Medicine, Neurosurgery and the Medical ICU and I am finally home, back in the ER. I am hoping that today will be a somewhat slow day so that I can ease my way back into the swing of things. As I walk around the department I begin to notice that everyone is moving around frantically. I find the senior resident. Without saying a word, he hands me a vest that says physician. "What’s going on?" I ask him. He looks at me and chuckles. The Pepsi Center blew up...