As I have currently been completing one of my final surgery rotations — I think it’s time I introduce my audience to the real side of surgery, not what you see in Grey’s Anatomy, or House MD. Let me start by saying, this will be one of your most memorable experiences in your clinical years — it may be the only chance you will ever have to see a liver transplant, an open-heart surgery, a laparoscopic gastric bypass, or even a simple appendectomy.
If you want it to be, it can be an unbelievable experience, but it can also be quite intimidating. In the end, think of it as an opportunity to learn some basic concepts about surgery that will benefit you regardless of which field you chose to go into.
To start, there are four basic parts to any surgery: rounds, the operating room, clinic, and call.