Adventures in Medicine

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Surgery Week 1

on March 27, 2016

Unlike the basic science portion of my medical education the clinical science portion seems to be flying by like a train speeding down the tracks.  Maybe it is because each rotation lasts at the most 12 weeks but most are 4-6 weeks long…all of which are shorter than 1 basic science semester (as such don’t ask me what semester I am in now).

This past Monday I entered the world of surgery.  The first several patients had myself and another student wondering how common hernias actually are because it was seeming like every patient had one…but eventually we encountered a patient without a hernia.  With a week (1/12 of the rotation) of surgery under my belt I still feel that for a general surgeon hernia repair and gallbladder removal seem to be 2 of the more common surgical procedure.  However, there are still 11 weeks for that opinion to change.

So far, through out my rotations God has blessed me with for the most part with excellent preceptors and my surgery preceptor is no exception.  In fact, I really wanted this preceptor that I requested him based on a recommendation by a friend who rotated with him as well as my previous preceptor from neonatology.

The phrase, ‘physicians like to cut,’ is commonly known by people in and out of the medical field alike.  This phrase does not hold true for my preceptor.  While he will gladly cut if it needs to be done but he is honest with his patients and tells him if he does not think surgery is the best option, especially with the patients main issue is pain, or if there is time to wait and try medical management first.  However, if the patient wants to proceed with a surgery despite his reservations he will perform the surgery so long as the pt is a surgical candidate.

What I like most about my preceptor is that he does not hide behind his profession but lets his faith shine.  I have already experienced multiple patient encounters where he discusses his faith and beliefs with the patients.  But what gets me more is he asks the patient if he could pray with him/her in the pre-op area before the patient is under anesthesia whenever the surgery is not an emergency.  That is the type of physician I hope to be one day…after all I do serve the Great Healer.

Over the course of the last week I have been given the opportunity to watch several procedures including both inpatient and outpatient.  I think the coolest has been watching a breast cyst get drained.  While watching the cyst on the ultrasound screen it suddenly disappeared in a matter of seconds without even appearing to shrink. I am sure by the time I finish this rotation I will have witnessed many more procedures and and learned many more skills including perfecting my suturing technique.

One thing is for sure…this is going to be a great educational experience.


This Princess Wears Scrubs


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