Happy New Year 2014!
And welcome back to all of our medical students! Classes have started again for our first and second years, and rotations have begun again for our third and fourth years.
I enjoyed reading this link about surgeons:http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/31/a-vital-measure-your-surgeons-skill/?_r=2
I remember my surgery rotation during my third year of medical school. I actually had it very first, so I felt I was nothing more than a glorified second year student at that point. I was plenty scared because of the reputation that the surgery rotation has among medical students. My surgery rotation was at LDS hospital in the avenues, and I recall waking up quite early every day and hustling on over there to collect vital signs, pre-round on all the patients, and looking up all the lab and blood work that happened overnight.
I was amazed at the skill and compassion that all the surgeons displayed. They were so patient with me, and I remember many of them took the time to teach me how to sew and suture. Sometimes, during really busy times of the day, I actually got to be first assistant (this is sort of rare for medical students, usually the resident physician is the 1st assistant) and participate more in the surgery.
Going back to this article, I think probably some of the surgeons were "better" than others, though through my 3rd year medical student eyes, it was difficult for me to tell. I like how this article talks about the innovation where surgery is trying to improve itself. No matter what field you go into, this is an important quality to have. - Dr. Chan