I only have one more week of trauma surgery left, and I am counting down the days. I haven't posted anything about my experiences yet, but that isn't because I don't have anything to say. Rather, I have a LOT to say, but I'll feel a bit more comfortable saying it after I get my official surgery clerkship grade. After all, this is a public blog and you never know who reads these things.
Long story short: let's just say I am miserable on this rotation. This is the first time EVER that I have doubted my decision to go into medicine. I'm really hoping that GI surgery will be better. If not, at least I have OB/Gyn next, which hopefully will be a pick-me-up!
Anyway, something funny I noticed is that there are about 5 types of trauma patients. 99% of patients on our service fall into one of the following categories:
1) "Old man river" or frail old lady who trips over their cat/carpet/feet/etc
2) Intoxicated person riding their bike who gets hit by a car
3) Person in a car accident (often involves someone being intoxicated or running from the police)
4) Adrenaline-seeking young man who gets injured on his ATV/watersport jump/other dare-devil activity
5) Man with too much testosterone (and/or drugs/alcohol on board) who gets punched/shot/stabbed
*** We also saw about 4 people who got injured by a horse (some variation of getting kicked/stomped/thrown off) in the span of a week. Who knew so many people ride horses around here?!