Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The WRONG side of the OR

       I was able to go to the operating room for a case this week. You may think that that would be a usual occurrence for me since I AM a surgery resident, but it is most certainly not. I can honestly count the times I have been to the OR this year on one hand. Granted, I have rotated through trauma (no scheduled surgeries) and SICU (no surgeries at ALL) for 2/4 months I have completed so far, but nevertheless, I definitely feel deprived of OR time.
      What do I do all day as a surgery resident then? I take care of the patients on the floor, I write orders for medications, round with the attendings, round with social work to discuss patient's discharge plans, call consults, and go to clinic. Plus, I answer the hundreds of pages I receive all day about minutiae. Fun Stuff. Aren't you jealous?
      Anyway, when I got to the OR for my case (a foot debridement), I instinctively went over to the anesthesia side of the room and started putting the monitors on the patient. Until the attending saw me and said "weren't you planning to scrub in?"
      "Oh yeah, I am." I forgot. I play for the other team this year.....and this what it feels like for me on the other side:


I miss anesthesia. How many more months until intern year is over?

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