Accommodations at Cité U.
My building is Fondation Deutsch de la Meurthe, Greard C. The room itself is nothing special (in fact I'm supposed to have a roommate if one arrives), but the exterior space is wonderful. Had a tough time buying a plug adapter... people in the area don't speak much english.
Luxembourg Quarter and Latin Quarter
Tour of the American Hospital
The American hospital had a limited set of services including very low trauma capabilities, but it had more diagnostic imaging and seemed very quite and comfortable. Apperently it is "tres chic" to be treated there. The took us out for a nice lunch. The picture of the tub isn't great but I had to document that they offer water birth. The sanitation is expensive and it is only used in the early stages of labor, but still it's neat.
This was after our first 2-hour session learning medical french - we'll have these all week. My french is pretty terrible and I miss a lot of what's happening, but no doubt it will help.
Académie de Médecine + Musée de l'Assistance Publique
The most surprising thing I learned is that it wasn't until after the revolution that doctors worked in hospitals. A hospital (derivation: hospitality) was just a place for the sick and the homeless to go when they had nowhere else to turn. There were no treatments even attempted, and really disease just spread there. After the revolution, religion had less power and it was not as sacrilegious to dissect the dead. So doctors finally went to hospitals out of scientific interest.
Avicenne (and other wanderings)
Exploring Beaubourg and Les Halles
On Thursday we went to Hôpital Paul Brousse and talked to one of the doctors about her addiction clinic. It was helpful that the doctor was bilingual and was able to express in depth views on her hospital, training and programs in English. In addition to standard therapies, patients can participate in cooking their meals, they have exercise rooms and art rooms and even massage therapy and hypnosis. The doctor talked about the importance for addicts to reconnect with their bodies and everything they are capable off. It sounded pretty enlightened and I don't think we have anything to compare in the US. The doctor was also unique, within the France system as well, for being dual trained in addiction and in psychiatry. This allows her to provide comprehensive care since these conditions are so often co-morbid.
On Friday, we went to Hôpital Tenon. The central part is the chapel of the hospital, which was lovely. There has been a modern expansion of the hospital and the new entrance is depicted in the second image.
Saturday I slept in. I then intended to go the the Louvre, but as I was drinking a coffee outside I met an Arabic decorative painter outside who was looking for Jardin des Tuileries and he convinced me to join him. His french (2nd language) was better than his english which was far better than my french... but that actually worked out well for someone for me to endeavor to speak with. When it started raining we ducked into this AHAE photography exhibit. It was cliche material, but it was done well so still very enjoyable.
In the evening, Caitlin and Zia and I had a picnic on the Seine with some wine and champagne and then went to a Caitlin's favorite bar for some dancing. Glad to get a taste for the night life and glad to have done so with friends.
Fondation des Etats-Unis, Maison des Provinces de France, and Maison du Cambodge. A few examples of the many buildings of Cité U. each representing a different country or region. The campus is really spacious with trees everywhere.
Surprise Day Off
I showed up at la Pitié-Salpêtrière Monday morning, but when I found the SAMU unit my supervisor was not there! I went to finally buy an international SIM-card and then wandered around the surrounding area.
First Week with SAMU
My first week was pretty exciting. The very first case was a elderly women who was out celebrating her birthday and choked on a piece of meat. We were able to remove the obstruction and stabailize her for transport, but she had been out for too long and died before the end of the week. We also had several interventions for assesing chest pain or dyspnea, an ectopic pregnancy, a man vomiting blood, throat cancer, and epilepsy. We pronouced one death - a very old Alzheimer's patient who collapsed to the ground in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival the doctor called his daughter who agreed to let him go peacefully instead of attempting resuscitation. I had to wonder whether we would do that or not in the US without a standing DNR... I'll be finding out more about American practices soon enough!