Here’s a copy and paste (with the name changed) of the evaluation that I received on my surgery clerkship. You can tell that this guy absolutely loved my performance.
Hoover showed no interest in this surgical rotation. His fund of knowledge was rudimentary and did not significantly improve. He attended the outpatient clinic and the OR for the most part, but his participation was peripheral in all aspects. He was late to rounds frequently, generally unprepared and had a 2 day unexcused absence.
LOL. That two day unexcused absence was the best two days of the rotation. And for the record, I got permission from the chief resident for the absense. Thanks for the good times, asshole.
Jenna is a potential future medical student. I have a hunch she hates surgeons too.
Next up in the MSH Specialty Review Series is general surgery. I’m now going to begin each review with a summary that can be easily scanned for important information.
Residency Training Information
- 5 year residency
- 80+ hour work weeks
- Expect around q4 call
General Surgery Trends
- Overall interest declining
- Lifestyle cited as top reason
- Despite this, above-average board scores needed to secure spot
Post Residency Careers
- Job market looks good
- Demand for surgeons is up as fewer enter the marketplace
- Salaries average at around $261,000 annually
- Overall considered “poor”
- General surgeons reportedly worked an average of 60 hours per week
Most of you probably watch some medical drama shows on TV. First there was ER, and now it seems that every other show on television has something to do with medicine. Right now, the three biggest shows are probably Grey’s Anatomy, ER, and House, M.D.
I really like Grey’s Anatomy. I never got into ER or House too much, but I’ve seen each of them on more than one occasion. I don’t care for the more comedic shows like ‘Scrubs’ at all.
In my opinion, Grey’s Anatomy is the most ‘releastic’ of all medical shows on T.V. House is too far-fetched with bizarre and rather rare diagnoses. E.R. is not representative of my brief experiences in the emergency department during my student rotations.
I lied. I told you in this post that the next installment at MSH would be about alternative career paths. Well, it’s not.
As most of you already know, I hate surgery. Now, vascular surgery is the evil mother from which the rest of surgery is born. She’ll rise up and bitch-slap you right across the mouth just for looking the wrong way.
My first surgery experience was actually in vascular surgery. I showed up at 6:00 am to the offices where the residents hung out for the 5 minutes each day that they had free. They had already been there for some time, as evidenced by backpacks and extra shoes strewn about the room. Just like all other first days on new rotations, I was clueless as to what to do or where to go.
I made my way to where I thought the vascular surgery patients stayed in the hospital, and after asking several nurses I finally found the residents working.