After about a day and a half of more intense paperwork we are ready to begin the daily hospital routine. Before that a scrubbing orientation. Why?
Well, this program is unique in that unlike in most other programs, we college students will eventually be able to scrub in and participate in the surgical cases. So we don’t actually perform surgery, but we participate almost as much as medical students on rotation would do. We help by holding retractors and other surgical instruments on the patient, help with the sewing and stitching processes, go on rounds with our assigned mentors, and the like. This procedure seemed oddly complicated when first explained; yet now that I think about it, much of this procedure makes sense.
After badging at St. Luke’s and Methodist. I observed my first surgery today, an aneurism removal from the leg at St. Luke’s!