Sickbay - Cadet Javal DH meeting

Posted Sept. 26, 2021, 3:22 a.m. by Cadet Javal (Doctor) (Stephen O’Dette)

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ven Miya (Chief Medical Officer) in Sickbay - Cadet Javal DH meeting

Posted by Cadet Javal (Doctor) in Sickbay - Cadet Javal DH meeting

Posted by Lieutenant Junior Grade Ven Miya (Chief Medical Officer) in Sickbay - Cadet Javal DH meeting
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(OOC: Great! I think I’m starting to get a better understanding of this format now!)

Javal leaned back slightly as he listened to Miya’s follow up question. He took notice of the slight pause in her last sentence, and briefly wondered to himself whether she did so unconsciously or intentionally.

“Your question is a well considered one,” he replied in a sort of complimentary way. “As you had mentioned previously, I had indeed been exposed to a number of medical sub-disciplines during my research and at Starfleet Medical, but you would be correct in the assumption that my skillsets in each of these varying areas of concentration are not equally developed. As such, I am equally open to receiving further instruction in other sub-disciplines as best meets the needs of the crew.”

She nodded encouragingly and made a note on her PADD, fingers poised to add more when he was ready to speak again. She found herself thanking the Prophets that she’d been lucky enough to work with Lieutenant T’Saie as her first Departmental Head. Having a Vulcan as DH helped her understand Cadet Javal’s carefully deliberate way of phrasing his words.

He took a moment to ponder the question further before he continued, his eyes darting briefly to the side before returning his gaze to the Lieutenant.

“That said, the area in which I would be most interested in improving is my capability to provide quality primary care. As you are aware, the establishment of a rapport between physician and patient is a crucial component of healthcare, and it is an element that I must carefully appreciate at all times.”

Miya nodded and made another note. When she’d first become a prylar, her spiritual teachers had spoken a great deal about the relationship between a cleric and their flock and she had noticed a similarity with the expectations of doctor and patient once she’d joined Starfleet. The fact that Javal was thinking critically about how his Vulcan heritage could affect his ability to provide this rapport said a lot about the new cadet’s self-awareness.

He made another pause, trying to string together an understandable explanation for someone not in his shoes.

“In my experience, I had encountered a sampling of patients who seemed to display a degree of unease, and in some cases even distress at the fact that Vulcans such as myself do not display an emotional response when it is sometimes expected of the provider. If, perhaps, you may have advice as to mitigate sociocultural…misunderstandings such as these, it would be greatly appreciated.”

Javal made a mental note to hold some of that thought for his meeting with the ship’s counselor. As the matter was as much psychosocial as it was healthcare-related, it would be unreasonable to not seek answers from other qualified individuals as well.

[Cadet Javal, soul-searching Vulcan doctor]

“I do understand what you mean by misunderstandings,” she said, her tone soft, “as I had some similar experiences when I first joined Starfleet Academy. I found it helped to get to know cadets from a wide range of different backgrounds and species, so we could learn from each other - I can do that again, if you like, by scheduling your shifts so you’re working with cadets and Ensigns from different parts of the Federation. Hopefully that will help you build rapport with your colleagues and, through that, with your patients.

“As for advice on avoiding sociocultural misunderstandings,” Miya raised her eyebrows and gave a sheepish grin, “the best person to help you there is the ship’s counsellor, Lieutenant Commander Miller. Fortunately you’ll be meeting him soon as part of your arrival check-ins, so I’d recommend bringing these questions to him. In the meantime, I can tweak the sickbay shift rota - you’ll get a new copy on your PADD by the end of today.” She stopped making notes and smiled. “Is there anything else you’d like to ask? I still have to carry out your medical check-in, of course, but we won’t do that until we’ve finished our conversation here.” She took advantage of the brief break to have another drink of water.

(OOC: I’m glad you feel you’re getting the hang of posting here! It’s great fun RPing with you and getting to know Javal. Please remember to start your check-in with the ship’s counsellor! Once you’ve posted there and we can see you’re happy with running a couple of threads at the same time, we can get you involved in the main sim in Sickbay - I’ve been keeping some cadet slots open for you!)

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]

(OOC: Same here! And apologies for biding my time a bit with my counselor’s check-in. I kind of liked the opportunity in this conversation to really flesh out and get a feel for Javal’s personality and motivations. Miya’s the kind of person who makes it easier to do that with, I think! Now I’m in a pretty good place to kind of expand on his personality a bit more with Asher :) )

Javal nodded with agreement when he heard the CMO’s suggestion. “A sound proposal, and one that I shall also be proactive on myself by acquainting myself with a broader portion of the Challenger’s crew. There are many ways to a build rapport and it is my intention to exploit them where I can.”

Miya gave him an encouraging smile. “I think that’s the right approach - get to know as many people as possible to start with, then you can always deepen interactions with them as you start to feel more comfortable. I’m sure Lieutenant Commander Miller will have lots of other ideas and if there’s anything I can do to help you put them into practice, please let me know. I’m here to help you.”

He paused briefly before saying, “Thank you…for accommodating me. I believe that is all the concerns I have for the present time. Do you wish to proceed with the physical exam now, or is a later time more convenient?”

[Cadet Javal - doctor]

“Let’s get the physical check-in completed now, then you can take the rest of the day to settle in before your first shift tomorrow.” Miya took another sip of water, then set her glass back on her desk and pushed back her chair. “Your shift pattern should be on your PADD by now,” she observed, standing up, “and I’ll give you the full tour of sickbay tomorrow. For now,” she smiled at Javal as she led the way out of her office and into the main room.

Javal promptly rose to a standing position as Miya began to show him the way over to main sickbay for his physical. He listened intently to her as he followed her lead over to the biobed, making another mental note to check his PADD in his quarters for the duty assignment updates when he was all set and done with his onboarding tasks.

“If you lie down there, we’ll get your check-in started.” The Bajoran indicated the nearest biobed, using her PADD to input the cadet’s details.

(OOC: no need to apologise! I was just encouraging you to start the second thread so you’d be ready to join in the main sim when the time is right. ;-) Thanks for getting the counsellor’s thread under way! Also - is there anything you’d like the medical scanners to pick up? Any previous injuries, underlying conditions, current illnesses? Just let me know when you post!)

[Lieutenant JG Ven Miya, CMO]

“Very good, Doctor,” Javal said in consent to Miya’s request. He sat himself down on the side of the diagnostic table and glanced over at the monitor as it began to light up with activity. Observing that the equipment seemed to be in good working order, he laid himself down with his hands placed at his sides, palms facing outward in a sort of anatomical position.

As Miya began to review the Starfleet medical database on her PADD, Javal tilted his head to look over at her.

“I have been..looking forward to the chance to observe you in your practice, and it is all the more beneficial that I observe it thus from a patient’s perspective, wouldn’t you agree, Doctor?” he said.

(OOC: Absolutely! I look forward to jumping into the main sim soon. Miya will find on her PADD that Javal had received a fracture to his right distal radius (Colles’ fracture) when he was 10 years old. He had fractured his wrist when he lost his grip while climbing a shallow rock face and had reached out his hands to break the fall. A Vulcan surgeon noted that the epiphyseal plate had received damage, and surgery was required to regenerate the cartilage and fixate the bone tissue. No major growth impairments or range of motion changes were reported post-op.)

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