How many days a week do you have to maintain that crazy schedule?

6 DAYS A WEEK KILL ME NOW.

Schedule for the next three weeks

4:30AM get to hospital
7:30PM leave hospital
8:00PM showered, eat dinner, read up on patients and procedures
9:00PM sleep
3:45AM wake up

Repeat. 

Celebrating my last 30 hour call with ACS with some treating of myself #donuts #donutfriend  (at Donut Friend)

Celebrating my last 30 hour call with ACS with some treating of myself #donuts #donutfriend (at Donut Friend)

A Rarity

Today, I had a good surgery day. 

(Oh, right. Before I go on, I must addend this: I hate surgery. I’ve hated my experience for the past two and a half weeks. I hate the pace, I hate the culture, I hate that I don’t get to know all the little details about my patient a nosy person would want to ask. I hate the paper pushing and the county system. There are times when it is cool, and more times when it is sad, and a lot of times when it is interesting, but for the most part I am confident when I say that this is not what I want to do. It has been a bad two and a half weeks.)

But today, I had a good day. 

I answered all of my fellow’s questions correctly regarding the lap chole we were doing. 

I got a “beautiful job” from my resident regarding an incision I closed. 

I wish I could have gotten a picture of it. 

Updates from the OR

I know I said I would update y’all on the 5 hour surgery. You know, the one where I was shoving salad in my face prior to scrubbing. That one actually only ended up being a 3 hour surgery. The guy had a hole in his cecum and poop was in his belly cavity and my job as the med student was to suck the poop out with a vacuum. Glamour.

Earlier today in the OR my team removed a 10inch screwdriver from the colon of a guy. The screwdriver had pierced a hole in his colon too so we sewed that up. The guy is still maintaining that the screwdriver was left there by a previous surgery.

And then not three hours ago I was wrist deep in a woman’s thorax massaging her heart. That is, my two hands were around her heart and I was physically squeezing her blood from her heart to her vessels (and most importantly, her brain). My forearms were massively tired from the ~100bpm rate I was going at for a few minutes but I don’t gym for nothing. She came in after a truck physically ran her over (tire marks on body) and drove off into the night. After a few minutes her heart started beating again and she was stable enough to transfer to the ICU. But then she coded in the ICU and died. Devastation. Then, rage.

Surgery is a constant mix of the all of the most unholy emotions.

Shoving salad down my throat 10 mins before scrubbing into a six hour case during hour 15 of this 30 hour shift

Updates later

Shoving salad down my throat 10 mins before scrubbing into a six hour case during hour 15 of this 30 hour shift

Updates later

Things That Should Never Be Combined (Med School Edition)

Surgery orientation today! These are my lovely teammates. We start with ACS (acute care surgery, essentially the trauma surgery service at LAC+USC), and we’re on team ACS A, otherwise known as The A Team. 
Equal parts terrified and excited for tomorrow. We have our first call day, and it will last 30 hours. Yes, that’s right. 

Surgery orientation today! These are my lovely teammates. We start with ACS (acute care surgery, essentially the trauma surgery service at LAC+USC), and we’re on team ACS A, otherwise known as The A Team. 

Equal parts terrified and excited for tomorrow. We have our first call day, and it will last 30 hours. Yes, that’s right. 

USC v Oregon State tailgate yesterday with the roomie 

USC v Oregon State tailgate yesterday with the roomie 

Pretty much the perfect man…he cooks and heals #menwhocook #ribs #doctorchef #medschool

Pretty much the perfect man…he cooks and heals #menwhocook #ribs #doctorchef #medschool

My left delt hurts like a mofo right now. We got flu shots today and then I made the intelligent decision to lift shoulders and back so I’m suffering through my bad life choices.
On the bright side this romper came in the mail for me today. I always have a problem with the shoulder area of any clothing with sleeves and this was no exception, but I loved the shape so much I decided to just modify it myself: I ended up splitting the sleeves and sewing the rough edges by hand. No more shoulder restriction + cute romper = my feeble attempt to forget about the radiating pain. 
As for school, this week is intersession, which is when the entire class gets together again and we all have lectures on ethics and root cause analysis and review our OSCEs and other captivating topics. I know I have surgery waiting for me at the end of this passive learning week and this waiting is really making me dread it all the more. I’m the kind of person who likes to dive right into things I’m scared of and get it over with and this “dragging it out” is giving me some slight anxiety. Sigh. 

My left delt hurts like a mofo right now. We got flu shots today and then I made the intelligent decision to lift shoulders and back so I’m suffering through my bad life choices.

On the bright side this romper came in the mail for me today. I always have a problem with the shoulder area of any clothing with sleeves and this was no exception, but I loved the shape so much I decided to just modify it myself: I ended up splitting the sleeves and sewing the rough edges by hand. No more shoulder restriction + cute romper = my feeble attempt to forget about the radiating pain. 

As for school, this week is intersession, which is when the entire class gets together again and we all have lectures on ethics and root cause analysis and review our OSCEs and other captivating topics. I know I have surgery waiting for me at the end of this passive learning week and this waiting is really making me dread it all the more. I’m the kind of person who likes to dive right into things I’m scared of and get it over with and this “dragging it out” is giving me some slight anxiety. Sigh. 

Anonymous said: I'm interviewing at Keck tomorrow; any pearls of wisdom you'd like to share about the program? Thanks in advance for any input. :)

I honestly think that Keck is one of the best places to do your medical training. We have the best anatomy curriculum in the country and our USMLE average is consistently 20 or so points above the national average. Our clinical experience at county is unrivaled and the volume and range of different conditions you see is excellent preparation for residency—people see LAC+USC on your application and they know they’re getting a strong applicant who can hold their own on whatever patient care team you’re on.

I have several friends who sit on the admissions committee, and other friends who are student interviewers. They all have different styles, but I think the most important thing to do is be yourself and show that you have interests and are able to talk about them. It doesn’t matter if your interests are medicine-related or not; most of us just want to see that you are a person who can carry a conversation and has that fire-in-your-eyes passion for something in life. 

Good luck!