as student, i have the luxury of sleeping on my own bed when i'm not on duty, which happens every 3 days. in comparison, the amount of time required from surgery residents is quite ridiculous. there was a time when we did a whipple's procedure for an ampullary mass, and the surgery residents that i assisted at the OR were supposed to be post-duty status, but the procedure went well into 3am the next day. one of them called her husband to say, see you nalang in 3 days, and told her spouse to look after their 5-year old son. i feel sorry for her not being able to cuddle her son as often as she's supposed to, but i guess surgeons are tough like that.
aside from eavesdropping, er, accidentally overhearing results of pre-residency and being able to staple the skin, i also thought about doing a survey on medical students who are or who have been assists at the OR, such as:
which of the following best approximates your feeling about being an assist at the OR?
- gusto kong umaakyat para sa OR at gusto ko pang mag-assist sa next case
- ayaw ko sana umakyat sa OR kanina, pero since nakascrub-in na, ako na sa next
- ayoko talagang magscrub-in kung may choice ako [obviously wala]
- none of the above
- emergency room
- operating room
But, of course, instead of doing such tedious stuff, I might be better off sleeping and conserving energy for the next assist.