Wow! I know I say this all too often but where does the time go? I am currently about to start my last rotation of third year in a few days and have no idea how that happened. The past year has honestly seemed like one giant blur. Was it yesterday I was aimlessly walking around the halls of Miami Valley Hospital looking for a patient’s room? It sure seems like it!
I just finished my surgery clerkship. For any of you that read my blog regularly you probably know I am interested in surgery. Well…I have some news for all of you. I am still interested in surgery! It was great to actually be working hands on and I really felt like I had an immediate impact on my patient’s lives. You really get immediate results with surgery (most of the time). Even though the hours were rough, it was probably the most fun I have had during my third year of medical school.
I started out at a physician-owned surgical hospital in Springfield, OH. It was a bit of a drive but it was incredibly fun. There were no residents at this location. That’s right! It was just me and the surgeon scrubbed into every case. When you are the only one scrubbed in besides the surgeon you get to do a lot more than just retract (a fancy word for holding a metal device to move tissue out of the way) and suction (blood, water, and even feces). I was what they would call “first-assist” on every surgery. None of the surgeries were very complex but I was getting to do something that I greatly enjoyed. If you are interested in surgery and come to Wright State I recommend doing a rotation there!
The second half of the rotation I was on trauma. While putting in an average of 65 hours a week sounds like a terrible time I was actually enjoying it. The hardest part for me was the down time when nothing was going on (and we were supposed to be studying). However, it is hard to study when you are in a surgery for 7 hours (yes that happened during this rotation but it still isn’t the longest surgery I have been in) and answering trauma calls every hour or so. While I definitely enjoyed the surgery aspect of this part of the rotation I do not think I am interest in trauma surgery. Cardiothoracic surgery is where it’s at and that is still my number one interest.
Only one more rotation to go until the end of third year. What??!?! I’m still working on finalizing my schedule for fourth year. Less than a year until Match Day where I find out where I live for my residency training! A little more than a year until I am a graduate of the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine! Sometimes it feels like one big dream. As always feel free to contact me with any questions! Talk to you again in a few weeks!