Easy to take histories are boooorrriiinnnggg! They teach you nothing that you couldn't learn from a book... It's the batties and difficults who are interesting, and teach you far more about real people than a text book case...
Could you try thinking of them as a real challenge, rather than frustrating?
PS - I love reading stuff from peeps who know they want to be surgeons. The way you sound like you feel is exactly the same as me, but from the other way round - found medicine fab and surgery boring. Really difficult to examine a post 'conversion to open' day stay case when you're doing upper GI... And as a lot of our stuff is day stay, in patients are few on the ground - certainly not enough to allow all 8 of us on firm a good shot at doing stuff...
Ahh! Sweet camera *****ing!!!
One of our SpR's is a real patient hogger, but the other allow's us to close under supervision etc... Unfortunately there are 8 of us on firm, only 2 allowed in theatre at a time, so only opportunity for 6 peeps a week to get to see surgery.
I prefer 'hanging wid da gasmen', as at least you get to practice cannulating, which I'm sure will get dull after a while, but I guess is invaluable to ickle 3rd years at this stage!!!
I loved medicine - especially clinics. One of our med consultants would give us our own room and a pile of patient notes, we did the history and examination on our own, wrote them up in the patient notes, then Prof would come in, get us to present our findings, ask anything that she thought we had missed, quickly go over our examination findings and ask the patient for feedback on our performance...
The other med consultants would get us to do their examinations, and feedback as we went.
In surgery clinics, we are lucky if we are allowed to examine a hernia! One of the surgery consultants asks us questions, tells us we are wrong, asks us again for the answer, which none of us can give as we all agreed with the first answer, then calls us all stupid and gives us the same answer as the first answer, proving he listens to nothing!!! Reeeaallllyyy frustrating!!!
Yeah, it does sound pretty much like your Medicine experience was a lot closer to what I did on surgery, Fluffy - being on your own in clinics and all that (at Addies, clinic consisted of sitting in a corner while people had their cholesterol levels read out and their statin doses adjusted). I'm going to try and get in on some clinics this week, which will hopefully be more interesting - but again this is because it's a specific problem rather than a multitude of pathologies which will never really be resolved - which is what happens on the wards.