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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4 Responses to Closing Time

  1. ag says:

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

  2. FM says:

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

  3. Josh says:

    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 says:

    Is retracting a medical term?

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