Week four of my summer experience at the large animal hospital is coming to a close, which means that my last few days on the Sports Medicine rotation are upon me.
It has been an incredible four weeks watching lameness exams, assisting with echocardiograms, and even taking part in a transvenous electrical cardioversion (TVEC) of a horse in atrial fibrillation (the horse converted, by the way!). The clinicians on this rotation are not only intelligent and experienced, but also have been incredible mentors and teachers to me.
Typically, the student selected for this particular summer experience is placed on a rotation for two weeks with the students who are going through their clinical year. In terms of hands-on experience, it is up to the fourth-year assigned to the case what he or she feels comfortable allowing a student like me to do. The majority of fourth-years are more than wiling to have me help them, while a small percentage of fourth-years are slightly more concerned with just surviving the rotation. Additionally, having fourth-year students allows for a reasonable “buffer” between quiz questions coming from clinicians, which saves me from fumbling on my words and embarrassing myself due to lack of knowledge.
However, for whatever reason, this particular rotation did not have any fourth-years. This meant that for the entire four weeks I was on the Sports Medicine rotation, I was the student who was able to participate and answer questions with relative uncertainty. I was able to practice my ultrasound technique and ask questions without fear of stepping on the toes of a more senior student who was actually on the rotation.
I am really looking forward to the time when I’m the fourth-year student on this rotation, but for now I have the Reproduction rotation to look forward to next week!