- Jul 24, 2013
- Medical Student
I'm currently in the middle of my surgical clerkship, and I'm falling in love with this specialty. I enjoy nearly every aspect from clinic to consultations to post op management: but, there is nothing as gratifying as the OR. I wake up every morning tired, but with a smile. The problem is I have severe rheumatoid arthritis and hip damage (long story unrelated to BMI). It's mainly controlled but there are days when my hips and shoulders dislike being attached to me. This makes surgeries that last longer than 4 or 5 hours painful especially without being able to sit. My question is, is there any way I can still complete a gen surg residency or pursue a surgical career? Does anybody know any surgical residents/surgeons with similar issues?