April 23rd, 2008

Hospital clinic procedure

Setting: Modern day-ish. Place doesn't really matter since it's a made-up world; I just want to be grounded on some "real" knowledge.

I've googled "hospital procedure, clinic, walk-in clincs" but mostly get articles about the benefits or detriments to having said clinic in a hospital--the rest are just hospital web pages talking about their clinics. I've LJseeked "hospital procedure" here, but all the procedure questions that came up deal with more serious issues than I have and none that relate to clinics.

Dilemma: I want my character to go to a hospital clinic to get some abdominal pain checked out. What I need to know is if a doctor does get clinic duty (like they show in House all the time)? Or is it always just a nurse? And if something serious is discovered (say, appendicitus in my character's case) would the patient be rushed for surgery right away? Or would there be a litany of tests and things to confirm? Basically, would the hospital let him go back home and wait another day?

Edit: Thanks everyone! Those are some very helpful answers!

Sex with TA's at NYU

Setting: Modern day, at New York University
Question:  My main female character transfers to NYU and double majors in French and English (she's a real go-getter.)  After a while her and her male English Literature TA start having a sexual relationship.  What I need to know is:  How big of a deal is this at NYU?  Are there any guidelines, restrictions, repercussions?

I tried google-ing and wikipedia-ing various incarnations of 'student teacher relationships NYU,'  'sex student professor NYU' etc.  with no luck.   Any help would be mucho appreciated.

Edit: Thank you so much to everyone who replied!  The answers were incredibly helpful; this community is the bee's knees!