My intern can't spell. Or type. I don't know which one. Probably both.
This seems like a silly problem, and, indeed, I've spent weeks trying to persuade myself that it's a silly problem, not even worth mentioning, except that when I'm asked to explain a patient note that details our treatment for an "erotic anorism," it becomes a problem.
I feel like a jerk to pull someone aside and tell them that the patient came in with the flu, not the flew, and that it's herpes, not herpees. But if anyone ever reads these notes, they're going to close this hospital.
I've been going through and correcting things-- often having to sound them out just to know what he's trying to say-- saroses? Oh... cirrhosis! Right?! And somehow this person got through college, and medical school (I hope). In this country, even.
He's not stupid. And if it's a learning disability of some sort, dyslexia, something like that, then I certainly don't want to call attention to it that would make him uncomfortable. But cholesterol doesn't start with a K, and diabetes only has one D, and no Z, anywhere in the entire word.
It will serve him well that doctors are expected to have poor enough penmanship that no one will even know what he's writing, let alone be able to notice the spelling. But, gosh, I didn't realize that part of the job of a resident is copyediting.
"Patient is obeast."