Monday, September 15, 2014
Turns out, ERAS went live at 8am and got overloaded. They had to reset the servers and now they're in maintenance mode until who knows when.
Did you know that before a computer game is released, the companies have a server stress test to see how they can handle the demand? I wonder if ERAS does that. If not, they could learn from game devs. It's 2014 and people hemorrhage money in applying for residency. The service could at least be better.
Friday, September 12, 2014
I need one more rec letter to be uploaded, so I'm just trying to relax until it's in and I get to submit my app.
I'll keep you guys updated. I'm glad it's finally residency application time, as busy as it is.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
On rotations, don't stress about your schedule. More effort is put into making the schedule for residents and attendings, students are sort of left by the wayside sometimes.
If no one tells you where or when to report, show up at 6 or earlier and introduce yourself to the team once you find them. I never really bothered paging the resident or fellow because they have so much going on already.
In medical training, life is easier if you just surrender and take your schedule the way it's served. There's not too much you can do to change things so just hang in there and remember it's temporary
Monday, August 25, 2014
1. Laparoscopic cholecystectomy
2. Laparoscopic appendectomy
3. Abscess draining on extremities
4. Colon irrigation
5. Whipple procedure
6. Distal pancreatectomy
7. Fem-pop bypass
8. Perirectal abscess drainage
9. Abdominal trauma surgery
12. Different procedures in plastic surgery (you can do a fellowship in plastics after gen surg)
13. A lot of similar procedures in pediatric patients
14. Checking on floor patients every morning, usually around 5-6am
15. Laparoscopic hernia repair with mesh
16. Open hernia repair
But when you're on the general surgery rotation, it starts to look like this:
- Abscess drainage
- Chronic draining wound/abcess
- Pilonidal cyst
Seek out the program director of your school and work with them to get a LOR if you're interested in staying at your home program or even if you're not, it'll help.
Make sure the chair knows your name at least and make sure they see you active and working hard.
There might be people who are assistant program directors and you don't end up finding out until later, so work hard all the time!
Surgery entry coming up soon, everyone!
Saturday, August 16, 2014
I've been asked this a few times as an upperclassman. At my institution, I'd say probably 2 people dropped out in my class. About 3 took a leave of absence due to grades and came back as a repeat MS1. Failing happens but it's not the end. Med school is hard but there are a lot of people watching out for you if you're at a good school. If you're struggling, get advice right away, because there's no time to fall behind. Let me know if you need any help