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My Surgery Rotation 

  • Brooklyn, NY

  • Core rotation #6 - 8 weeks 

  • Services: OR, Anesthesia, Pathology, Neurology, Wound Care, Day Call, Night Call (1 week each) 

    • OR: Sign in by 6:30am and then go to floors by 7am to handwrite SOAP note for the day and present to the residents during rounds. Afterwards, go to the OR, look at the board and decided in group who will be doing which surgery. 

    • Anesthesia: Sign in by 6:30am and then go to floors by 7am to handwrite SOAP note for the day and present to the residents during rounds. Then go to the OR and follow one of the anesthesiologists when going into the surgeries. 

    • Pathology: Sign in by 6:30am and then go to floors by 7am to handwrite SOAP note for the day and present to the residents during rounds. Afterwards, study until Pathology clinic at 2pm. 

    • Neurology: Sign in by 6:30am and then go to floors by 7am to handwrite SOAP note for the day and present to the residents during rounds. Then go to the OR and scrub into the Neurology cases. 

    • Wound Care: Sign in by 6:30am and then go to floors by 7am (no need to write SOAP notes). Make sure the wound care baskets are well stocked. Ask students which of their patients need dressings to be changed as well and during rounds, go with the residents for wound changes. After rounds, there is wound care clinic in the afternoon. 

    • Day Call: Sign in by 6:30am and then go to floors by 7am to handwrite SOAP note for the day and present to the residents during rounds. After rounds, there is clinic in the afternoon. 

    • Night Call: Arrive to the hospital by 7pm and check the OR to see if there are any cases until the morning. 

  • Lectures: Mostly every day however the times change from 4pm to sometimes 5 or 6pm. 

  • Tools: Stethoscope, notebook, pen

  • Resources: UW, NBME practice shelf exams

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  • Useful Phone Apps: Epocrates (helps with drug names, indications, dosing), UptoDate (information),  Core: Clerkships (helpful information for each core rotation), UW on the go 

  • Overall thoughts: As someone who was never interested in Surgery, I would recommend this rotation solely for the amount of study time you will have during certain services. If you are someone who IS interested in Surgery, this isn't the best place for it. Most of the time, you assisted the resident with holding things during the OR service. We never got to practice suturing and the residents/attendings didn't allow us to. I think the attendings and residents were great - very funny, knowledgeable, and personable. It was just the people I worked with that ruined the rotation for me. 

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