Injured Nerve in my Arm... Surgery Vs. Peds rotation first?

tachyon34

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Hey everybody I was wondering what you thought would be easier on my elbow (i have some ulnar neuropathy that might take a while to heal).

Do you think surgery rotations would be less physically demanding on my arms? surgery or Pediatrics?

I thought it would be surgery for sure but today we had a demo on how to checkup on an infant and there was a lot of moving around, picking up, holding etc. Was wondering what any MS3's thought.

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Seriously? If you go into a surgery and say "hey my arms sore" they'll make you hold up a 400 pound pannus until your arm literally falls off.

The surgery clerkship is like 80% holding stuff in the operating room and 20% carrying you residents' lunch trays. I managed to do all of peds without once picking up a child.
 

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Yeah, surgery is definitely harder on the body. You will be expected to retract for long periods of time.
 

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Yeah, surgery is definitely harder on the body. You will be expected to retract for long periods of time.
true.

I did most of my physical examinations either with mom's help or with the child on the exam table. I don't think I ever had to hold a child...
 

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Yeah, surgery is definitely harder on the body. You will be expected to retract for long periods of time.
Agreed. There's really no question here. In terms of physical demand/ need for dexerity, I'd rank the cores as follows Surgery > OB > IM > Peds > Psych.