During the visit, I was able to shadow in their ED for a few hours. It's a beautiful facility, relatively new and much bigger than where I work now, but it felt like I had stepped into some sort of parallel universe. On one level, everything was the same - drunk patients were yelling, trauma patients were packaged for CT, the waiting room was full of patients anxious to be seen - but every little detail seemed different. Equipment was similar, but from other manufacturers, while protocols, uniforms, and even the local accent were all just a little bit off.
In any event, my next two years will be spent hitting the books, so these were nothing more than interesting observations. Knowing where to find a blood culture bottle is going to take a back seat to locating an obscure anatomical structure.
Still, it was great to peak into the future a bit, and realize that in just a few short months, my med school adventure will finally begin.