My last rotation was soft tissue surgery. It is well known as being one of the tougher ones we have to complete in our year of clinical rotations. Frequently it involves lots of long hours, plenty of paperwork writing intensive care unit orders, surgery reports, discharges, prescriptions, and more in large quantities.
Mornings start early, taking transfers from the emergency room as well as completing morning treatments for ICU patients, which can take one to two hours to complete. I’m happy to say that all went well, and I had a fabulous group of clinicians and students to go through it with. We had some crazy and hard cases and some that really hit us emotionally, but we handled it smoothly.
It made me think about how far my classmates and I have come in a year. Submitting samples, writing prescriptions, laying out surgical tables, completing discharges and surgery reports, and more are now just second nature to us. They are part of our day and aren’t something we struggle with. We can confidently communicate with clients, make treatment plans, complete thorough physicals on our patients, and so much more.
We have a lot to learn as we prepare to head out into the world, but we have come so far and made what was once taxing and challenging seem rather ordinary. I guess that is how we know we are ready to move onto the next step. Just when we got really good at book work and courses, we started clinics and just as we are mastering them, we are heading into the real world.