My love for surgery has been solidified after taking this rotation. I was fascinated every day. If you do not mind the presence of blood or having to stand up for a couple hours, then you will be fine on this rotation. Whenever I watch a surgery, it feels as if I am watching a play and want to clap my hands once the surgeons have completed their procedure. I also liked how the rotation was organized. Instead of having to see clients every day of the week, we only get appointments on Monday and Wednesdays while surgery days are on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The round topics were also very helpful for my career path. I used to want to pursue a specialty in surgery but later decided to go to private practice. I was very encouraged to learn that there are still a lot of surgeries I can perform without having to specialize in surgery.
Here’s what other people had to say about it!
(What was Orientation Day like?)
-Tech, John, did our orientation. Semi-organized… Appointments start at 10am and then go time.
(Average Daily hours on duty?)
-7am (earlier if have more than 1 patient) – 6:45pm-8:15pm (depending on when rounds get done in the afternoon, whether you have the last surgery of the day, and how complicated your in house cases are….)
(What is the attire? When do you change into scrubs?)
-Always have clean scrubs available. Never know when you’ll need to go into surgery. Can wear scrubs every day. Recieving days Monday and Wednesday (professional attire recommended). Technically on surgery days (Tues/Th/Fri) can wear whatever in the morning to do treatments and then change into scrubs for surgeries.
(What do doctors/residents/techs constantly harp on?)
-We had a nice group… I guess harped on would be attendance in surgery suite – even when not your own surgery. They want students to be present and not just hanging out (working) in rounds room while surgeries are occurring.
(What are some struggles to watch out for?)
-Long Days, Short nights (ie very little free time). Week-ends you tend to be there until 9 or 10 am depending on if your in-patient is simple or complex.
(Difficulty Level (1-3)? 1= It’s a breeze/ 3= really difficult workload)
“My son, do not forget my teaching,
but let your heart keep my commandments,
2 for length of days and years of life
and peace they will add to you.
3 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you;
bind them around your neck;
write them on the tablet of your heart.
4 So you will find favor and good success[a]
in the sight of God and man.
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.”