Friday, 6 April 2012

Surgical Firm Next.. feeling queasy

The idea of observing and learning is great, i love seeing medicine in action, and i've enjoyed watching open cardiothoracic and vascular surgery in the past... but there is something about GI surgery which makes me feel rather uncomfortable.

I'm not sure what it is exactly... but i sort of cringed a little every now and then when the lecturer showed clips of his procedures, but more so specifically a procedure using SILS! It's where a single port of entry to the abdomen was achieved by inserting a bit of equipment in.. via the "belly button". It's amazing how much can be done through the belly button, and you're left without a new scar, but i can't help but feel a little queasy when seeing it performed.

Now, just one more week of Easter break left before I'm out on my last out firm to see this being done in person...but before that i...

Watched a similar clip on youtube.. and yep.. still makes me feel a little queasy!


james said...

just thought id tell you that i have firmed barts!!!!! and insured warwick(although don't know why as they both ask for the same offer).

So absolutely looking forward to starting in september, i chose barts in the end purely because as a non bio grad i need that extra year, i feel like I've missed out the whole uni experience so, barts is an established medical school(no disrespect to warwick but i have a funny feeling that they're going to be very difficult to get into in the future as 5yr course will be impossible for people paying 9 grande), also surprisingly the area I'm interested is emergency medicine!!! so barts was the obvious choice.
you've been there 3 years? have you found a specialty that you prefer or want to do, as in gp, surgeon, medic etc? and does barts give you the support you need? what hospitals have you done attachments?
also any ideas the best way to know and meet people at the start of the year? i don't think i can afford living in halls............

again thank you for all the support and advice you've given me as its been super useful.

Tofu said...

Hey James,

I read my long reply to you on the previous post, and i'm sorry for all the random sentences which didn't really make any sense.. i was really tired :)

Firstly, just want to say congrats on firming Barts, i know it's a big step into the debt area, but little by little you can pay it back off when you're working as a doctor.

I've been here for 3 years now, it's scary to think i'm just over the half way mark now. In terms of specialities, i've not really blogged much about it, but i think i want to be a GP.... at this moment in time.

I've gone from wanting to be an orthopaedic surgeon, to a nephrologist, endocrinologist, and to now wanting to be a GP.... so watch this space! I think as i went through medical school, my priorities changed with personal life too.

Support is great at barts, MESS is a student led society which has upper years giving lectures to year 1 and 2 medics. There's PALs, which i also take part in, and it's basically an assisted learning programme where we tutor a lower year student on a 1 to 1 basis if they're struggling with the course. There's also lots of societies which offer OSCE teaching and mock OSCE exams nearer the exam time. Generally i think the majority of people are really friendly at Barts, so just find an upper year who is willing to help you out with most things..and this goes on to the next qu you had..

There's fresher's week, mummies and daddies night is a great way of meeting others, and finding yourself some "parents" from the upper years who are there to help you out with anything and offer support. Some Barts families have grandparents and great-grandparents!

You can easily turn up to events, without having to stay at halls. Joining sport societies are good, they all tend to do something for the freshers too, so don't worry if you're not staying in halls.

Feel free to ask any questions, i was really excited but nervous before starting too!

once again.. welcome to Barts :)