After my first 2 weeks on plastic surgery, I started on general surgery at the VA. The service was a bit slower than some others that people were assigned to, which I didn’t mind–more time to study. I did sort of mind having to navigate the VA’s EMR (and the accompanying paper charts) and having to subsist without wifi there, but I learned to manage, although I kind of felt like I was living in the 60s every time I came to work.
This service overall was a positive experience. When my two classmates and I weren’t changing wound dressings on the floor, seeing patients in clinic, or hanging out in the call room, we saw a few colon resections, some gallbladder removals, and a ton of hernia repairs. I started learning how to suture (according to a particular scrub nurse, I was pretty bad at it) and even got to drive the camera on some of the laparoscopic cases.
The second weekend that I was at the VA, Radial Grooves (the a cappella group) performed at Vandy Med’s Second Look Weekend for the prospective class of 2018. I got to meet a few of the students before and after the performance; still don’t know if they’re coming yet, but they seem pretty cool, so I sure hope so!
Between the VA service and my last 3 weeks on surgery, I celebrated my 23rd birthday! My parents and brother were in Nashville for part of the weekend, so I got to spend time with them as well as with my grandparents and aunts who live about 20 minutes away from me. I also went to a pool party for Chapman College (Google “Vandy med advisory colleges” if you don’t remember me describing them last year) and ate wayyyy too much at the taco bar. I had to stay up and work on a ton of assignments that night, but at least I got to see the light of day for a while.