SUCH AN AMAZING DAY!!!!
I got the chance to shadow a general surgeon today, and it was my first time in an OR (as a 'non-patient.')
I literally felt like a kid in a candy store. I loved everything about it. Loved the team dynamic, loved the dance between the surgeon and her '2nd in command'...loved the way the surgeon is this sweet, almost timid woman who took COMPLETE and total charge of that room the moment she walked through the door...loved the artwork of the procedures she did...loved the respect everyone had for one another...loved all the sights, sounds, smells (yes, I know...) Loved seeing the entire abdominal cavity wide open from 3 feet away and realizing that I was not even CLOSE to passing out (LOL)...Even loved getting scrubs out of a vending machine.
I LOVED THE OR!!!!!
Saw a ventral hernia repair that had complications from prior surgeries, a port removal, and a port insertion. Saw a VERY interesting interaction between an older surgeon and my surgeon...he walks into my surgeon's OR because he was waiting for his case to be fully sedated 2 doors down...has a little small talk...then basically starts telling my surgeon how she's doing everything wrong and if he were doing it, he'd do it "this way." Got to see how she handled that (with respect and diplomacy, but still intimated that it was her call...thanked him for his advice, even though he was a total jerk to both her and the surgical team)...
I feel like I learned so much in 6 little hours. She's invited me back any time. Literally said I can come every week if I want... What an incredible gift!
Since I get my MCAT scores tomorrow night, it was a wonderful distraction and a much needed motivator. I didn't have a second to sit and wonder about that silly exam.
For what it's worth... both my friend who is a very successful oncologist and this surgeon I shadowed today basically said the same thing about the MCAT. "Eh...everyone I knew took it at least twice." The oncologist is in his late 40's, has had an extremely busy solo practice for over a decade, and he actually told me he made a 26 on his first try. I was so relieved!!!!!! It's just comforting to know that I'm in good company if I end up doing this retake in July.
Seriously, folks--if you have the chance to get into a hospital during this pre-med phase, please do it! It is so motivating...so encouraging...and such a confirmation of the path you are on!
Have a good evening, friends!
| 36 yr old wife and mom of 3 girls from Nashville, TN; |
B.A. Psychology, Minor in Sociology 1999
M-1 at Quillen College of Medicine, East TN State University
LOVING this amazing journey!