So surgery hours suck. How bad is trauma surgery?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Go Ducks, Apr 27, 2012.

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  1. Go Ducks

    Go Ducks 7+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2009
    I just read a very depressing thread about surgery hours. What's it like for trauma surgery? Is it better or worse than for the rest of surgery? Anyone have some first hand experience they'd be willing to share?
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  3. RafaTech

    RafaTech 7+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2008
    la la land
    Worse. Eveything is an emergency.....
  4. sportsperson

    sportsperson Banned

    Apr 19, 2012
    you'll be doing surgeries where the person is ready to die and you have to save them instead of doing a lot of routine operations.
  5. KinasePro

    KinasePro Das it mane 7+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2009
    Snap city
    Lifestyle blows, you babysit patients from other services and operate less than many other specialties (trauma is often non-operative). In rare exceptions, the lifestyle is decent if you like shift-work.

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  6. MilkmanAl

    MilkmanAl Al the Ass Mod 7+ Year Member

  7. jcu

    jcu should have been dr. who 7+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2007
    On a scale from 0 to CT surgery, I'd say trauma surgery.
  8. kautionwirez

    kautionwirez Hadoken! 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2007
  9. DrSnips

    DrSnips Hospitalist 5+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2012
    Depends a bit on the hospital. Kings County in Brooklyn has insane amounts of real trauma to operate on. I once saw 7 stabbings and a GSW in one shift.

    But I imagine most hospitals throughout the country aren't like that.
  10. Rothbard

    Rothbard 7+ Year Member

    Jun 17, 2009
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  11. Smurfette

    Smurfette The blonde among the blue. SDN Administrator 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Trauma is generally one of the worst surgical subspecialties from a call/hours perspective. Transplant and Trauma are the two worst ones that come to mind off hand. Worse than gen surg. Try doing a search on trauma surgery to find some old threads about trauma in general to get an idea.
  12. neusu

    neusu Staff Member SDN Administrator 5+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2012
    Probably worse than general surgery.

    Most trauma fellowships are combined with critical care. This is for 2 reasons. 1) Most trauma is non-operative, or not operated on by trauma surgeons anyway. Thus, your practice will be managing post traumatic injuries and pathophysiological recovery in the trauma intensive care unit. 2) Since you don't have a referral clinic, unless you do acute care/general surgery as well, you have more time so you are the surgical intensivist. Basically, you get every subspecialty service's sickest patients dumped in the unit and you're in charge until they die or are healthy enough to go to the floor.

    As mentioned, it can be "shift" work or splintered in to call. Most jobs are academic where you have the residents/fellows to do you operating and scut work. Nonetheless, you have to physically be in the hospital a lot and babysit residents.
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