I was First Assist on a Kidney Transplant

I helped incise. I dissected through muscle layers. Bovied stray blood vessels. Helped clean around the Iliac vessels. Passed vessel loops around the major arteries and veins. Held the vessels still as my surgeon clamped away blood flow from the site of anastamosis. I held the kidney still as she delicately sewed the edges of the kidney vessels to the bodys’ blood vessels. I cut when she told me, held when she said to do so, and suctioned the blood that escaped her delicate motions. At the end of it, the kidney filled with blood, and a person who died in another state gave life to a person who was dying in this one. It was truly one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I feel so privileged to have been a part of it.

50 Things I Learned to Succeed on Rotations

I think I’ve finally been a third year long enough to write a post on how to succeed during rotations without having to be a grand showman and intellectual prodigy. I’ve certainly made my fair share of mistakes and straight up screw ups, I’ve also had a lot more successes than I expected.

Hopefully, what I write is useful to those starting or already on rotations (though I’m sure many of you are totally killing it already) and remember these are based on my experiences and of what I’ve learned from people I know so your experiences may be different. This isn’t a ‘how to’ guide, more a quick hit of helpful notes to take into consideration. 

I also feel like maybe 50 wasn’t enough to actually illustrate what rotations are like, so if anyone wants to add more to this please do.

Tried and True

  • Show up the first day, bright eyed and bushy tailed no matter how hard the last rotation was.
  • Always try to be there early, before the doctor, even if it’s just a little bit.
  • Read, read, read.
  • If you’ve got a question, ask a question.

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