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Closing Time

At last, my surgery rotation is coming to an end. One of the surgeons played Closing Time by Semisonic as we were finishing the case today [the last step of an operation is usually closing up the incision], and I thought the lyrics were really fitting to the OR and the end of my general surgery rotation, even if the song was talking about something else.

Closing time - open all the doors and let you out into the world…

Closing time - you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here…

Closing time - every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end…

Closing time - time for you to go back to the places you will be from…

To my Gen Surg Rotation:
Thanks for all the learning, cases, suturing skills, practical knowledge and crazy stories. I had lots of fun, but I’m ready to move on. I won’t be missing 6am rounds or hours and hours of retracting. Like they say, time for you to go back to the places you will be from… WOOHOO!

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  1. ag
    ag July 23, 2023

    how long is the duration of surgery rotation? do students allow to perform surgery, or they just can watch the operation?

  2. FM
    FM July 23, 2023

    Clerks don’t get to perform the surgery. They’re mostly observers but are occasionally allowed to provide some assistance.

  3. Josh July 24, 2023

    I’d say we’re a bit more than observers. Aside from the essential med student job of retracting, there tends to be a lot of suction, suture wire cutting, and usually some practice closing. Some services (like neuro) don’t have many residents or other clerks so I ended up being first assist a number of times. Then you get to do a lot.

  4. Ophtho Gunna
    Ophtho Gunna July 24, 2023

    Is retracting a medical term?

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