Is this considered a standard pre-med experience? Am I at a disadvantage if I haven't done it? I was asked this at an interview and I'm afraid they might think that I don't know what I am getting into despite 1 year of volunteering in a hospital.
This is not a pre-requisite! I have had a unique chance to watch surgeries in the OR every week for 7 months now, but that is just because I have a wonderful mentor & a lot of interest. It is not a pre-req and doesn't put you at a disadvantage. Everyone comes to the table with a variety of experiences and opportunities.Apparition said:Is this considered a standard pre-med experience? Am I at a disadvantage if I haven't done it? I was asked this at an interview and I'm afraid they might think that I don't know what I am getting into despite 1 year of volunteering in a hospital.
Haha seriously. Even when they're just marking them, they were hefting them around by the nipples like woah. I couldn't help but feel like the surgeon would have been just a fraction more gentle if it was a scrotum he was hoisting around!ShyRem said:the one that just made me cringe was a breast reduction. They're certainly not very gentle when they're hacking tissue out of those puppies.
I was told to get in touch with general practicioners, family medicine, ect first. The hospital that I was trying to get into for shadowing didn't allow students in without signed paperwork from the school as well as a certain dollar amount for insurance.Apparition said:How would I go about finding someone to let me watch? Would e-mailing surgeons at local hospital work. I love or-live.com but I really want to see the real thing.
Speaking of illegal...laboholic said:Pretty sure this was illegal, but I was watching a stomach biopsy and the doctor handed me the laparoscope (?) and told me to try it. I basically held the thing while he pushed my fingers to the right levers and stuff. Patient survived. Those things are really hard to operate. I imagine they take a lot of practice.
definitely....and the smell is AWFUL.ShyRem said:Required to do hours in the OR as part of EMTB and EMTP class years ago. Saw some really awesome stuff.. but the one that just made me cringe was a breast reduction. They're certainly not very gentle when they're hacking tissue out of those puppies.
my doc used to bump linkin park and puddle of mudd...riceman04 said:During one summer (2003) I also shadowed orthopods ( ). I had to get to Ben Taub General or Methodist Hospital by 4:00am on Tues. and Thurs so that I would not miss the patient case discussions prior to going into the OR. Since there were like 8 residents that took a while. Surgeries normally started around 8am.
I actually had the opportunity to choose a resident or attending to follow into the OR and then scrub up and sit or stand next to them while they were operating. At times they allowed me to cauterize and irrigate...and on my last day, I was left alone in the OR irrigating while the chief res. and charge nurse left to get the medicine balls. It was pretty weird being in there by myself!!! I had a great time that summer.
Hey, did your doc ever play music in the OR during the surgery?
popbirch said:I was able to scrub and assist for 5 full days with two surgeons. I got to run the camera on a gall bladder removal, on the rest of the surgeries they would let me hold retractors and stuff. The coolest part though was when they would identify some stuff that I could tell what it was and let me feel it. It is a freakin cool thing to have your hands in someones body. I was thinking about doing oncology before I had that experience and now I am having a really hard time resisting surgery. The coolest thing about these guys lifestyle is that pretty much everyday they are guaranteed to be doing something different, they didn't seem to ever get bored or find things monotonous. Most the premeds I have talked have seen a surgery or two but most of them get stuck in a corner on a stool or something, I've done that too but it is way cool to participate in some way.
Wahoos said:Also to the previous post about the "platinum in the brain to induce seziures". I was in a few epileptic surgeries during my neurosurg rotation, what the Neuro surgeon is doing by inserting the electrodes, is that those strips are placed into the brain, the positions are maped, the patients is then monitored in the ICU with the electrode hooked up on to a machine that records all the events. When the pt have a sz, the wave pattern changes, and certain electrodes maps the sz activity. Then the surgeon looks at where the sz occurs in relation to the electrode, thus localizing the part of the brain that is causing the sz (sz activity can be either general or partial w/2nd generalization or just partial). A second surgery is performed to take out the part of the brain causing the sz events. It is called a lobectomy and most of the patients can tolerate it well. Before taking out a section of the brain, eletrodes are used to show the surgeon what part is resp for what function, and the important area, speech/motor/etc are spared. This is the simple ver of what that ped neurosurg was doing and this surgery is reserved for pts that have intractable amount of szs refractory to medical/conservative management. I had a pt that was having 30-40 szs per day and he had this done, now doing very well. Hope this helps.
I think it depends a lot on the surgeon and the hospital. I was at a small town non-teaching hospital (at least no residents, some PAs) with a cool physician. I was able to scrub in during my experience. I held some retractors & other instruments and was able to palpate a few organs and other anatomical features of medical interest.tommya7x said:You wear scrubs and stand against the wall. You don't do much. Trust me I just finished watching CABGs once a week for two months. If you want a GOOD pre med experience, go scribe for a doctor.