T I P S. F R O M. Y O U R. S E N I O R S📝
You realize as you go on in residency that every surgeon or physician you work with does things in a slightly different way. Whether this is their operative technique, their approach in a surgery, suturing style, or instrument choice - there are differences.
As a junior resident I started to take notes on how different attendings performed surgeries and made points on what specific things they did, so I can look back on these notes when I next operate with them. We switch rotations every 3 months as senior residents and you will forget certain tips or pearls the attendings give by the time you’re next in their operating room. Write these down so you can look back and reflect before surgeries with them.
Now as I’m nearly a year away from graduating plastic surgery residency, my notes are even more detailed, as soon I will be out in the world practicing independently. I jot the pearls of wisdom that my attending surgeons give me, as well as what instruments they use, and what exact sutures they use. These notes will be so beneficial when you’re on your own wondering what your instrument set should be, or what your boss did that used to make things look so amazing.
Over residency, you develop a technique that works for you- a hybrid of tips that you have been taught, taking away the best aspects of everyone who has taught you over the course of your residency. Hone in on these over the senior years, and think about what works for you.
It is never too late to learn new tips and tricks in the operating room, and keep asking yourself why the attending is doing that, and don’t be afraid to ask them the question “why?” This is how we learn, grow, and become the best surgeons or doctors we can be.👊🏽
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