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   Posted 11/27/2007 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Had my first day of class after a nice 2-week break (where I got scoped and drugged, and my friends went surfing in Costa Rica or bumming around Venice - nice life, eh?!).  I haven't heard back from my GI yet because he's been out of the office.
I was struggling and my regular PCP is on maternity leave, so I went to see my clinical med director, who is just the most amazing doc.  He said he sees plenty of other med students as patients so he doesn't think it's a conflict of interest.  Maybe the best thing about him is that I see him pretty much every on campus and it's very easy to get ahold of him directly and even send him e-mails. 
I just feel like I need to be able to see someone during acute situations where IV fluids, an intramuscular pain reliever, some strong constipating drugs might be in order...and it's hard to get that through my GI since he is nearly an hour away and booked constantly.  about 30 bathroom trips total today, which is just excessive...I can't stand around in the anatomy lab all suited up and then wash off all the body parts and undress and run to the bathroom three times during the lab!  But not sure what else to do.
Don't know if anyone else has been in a position like this...being treated by the professor that's showing you how to treat your future patients.  Any thoughts?
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   Posted 11/27/2007 10:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Im not in your position but Id say if it was just for acute issue and you still have your GI manage your care that would be ok. It would be like getting IV's at health services or whatever. If he is comfortable w/ it (I think you said he's a he and not a she) then go for it!!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!

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   Posted 11/27/2007 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
What is your instructor's medical specialty? Can you keep your GI and have him be your PCP? If both you and he are comfortable with the arrangment, then it seems like it should be ok. I am so sorry you are still at 30/day bathroom trips! I can't imagine going through school like that. I hope you are able to get better control soon, I'm sure it drives you crazy.
48 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's Sept-Oct. 2007

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