Lending a Hand in Hinche

An M2 Perspective:

Having a dog bite on your right palm should mean that assisting a surgeon in an OR is off the table right? How was I going to learn about being a surgeon now? Lending me a hand, Dr. Srinivasan found a way to get me scrubbed into a patient case and actively participate in the surgery. Though I felt very lucky that I could assist in a left inguinal hernia repair, I only really started to understand the bond that a surgeon and patient share outside the OR.  My first patient was a lively older gentleman, who laughed at my broken medical creole, trusted me to listen to his concerns, followed my guidance to help him get back to on his feet. As soon as the surgery was over, we both became immediately dependent upon each other. I needed him to let me know almost every thing that was going on in his life. From him passing gas to knowing his eating idiosyncrasies, I needed any information I could get to make sure he went home safe as soon as possible. I had not previously realized how bi-directional the relationship between a surgeon and a patient is until the patient is discharged. This point was made very clear when dealing with my first pediatric patient. I was assigned to manage the care of a very irritable four year old boy who needed a simple but very immediately necessary urologic procedure. To help get the boy to the operating room and home safely, I was totally dependent on his cooperation to get his vitals and conduct a physical exam. It seemed like a nightmare at first to even find the pulse on a screaming child. With a developing patience, I learned how to work with him and learned how I could give has as much to my relationship with his sick child as I could. After getting very close with both my older and younger patient throughout the day, I felt I was really starting to learn what it meant to be a surgeon taking care of a patient. I can’t wait to help discharge these patients, knowing that I aided in patient care from beginning to end!



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