November marks the end of my internal medicine rotation and the start of surgery. Typically, any surgery rotation consists of about 4-6 weeks in general surgery, and 4-6 weeks rotating through sub specialties. My surgery rotation is beginning with the sub-specialties, specifically an anesthesia rotation this week, and so far I’m loving it.
It’s kind of like a breath of fresh air after rounding on the hospital floors for 12 weeks straight. It’s nice to be in a new environment and get to know some new faces. The OR is definitely a more intense than medicine, but I can’t let that intimidate me. This is a fast paced environment, and I have to think more on my feet under pressure. Surgery is a huge change from medicine where I had the luxury as a student to spend a large amount of time with my patients, and still have time to develop thoughtful differentials. Now, I probably get a total of 5 mins with a patient to quickly introduce myself before they’re rushed to the OR floor and placed under sedation. I get whatever history I can from their limited chart and wish them the best. So far, it’s been a good experience, and I could see myself in this environment, but I still wonder if it’s the right fit for me. I have 11 more weeks to figure it out, so wish me luck.