How to make the most of your surgical placement
- By: Frank Acquaah, Thomas Goldsmith, Scarlett McNally
A placement in surgery offers you an opportunity to observe a range of surgical procedures and to follow patient journeys from admission to recovery.
Surgery is a fast paced, high pressured area of medicine where the need for perfection can make for a tense, but exciting, environment. A placement in a surgical department can be an intimidating experience at first, but it is a great opportunity to brush up on your anatomy, see how elective and emergency cases present, observe an operation, and follow a patient’s journey from admission to postoperative recovery.
This article gives an overview of what to expect from the different areas of a general surgery department and provides advice on what to focus on during your placement and how you can assist the team.
During a surgical rotation your time will be split between the ward, outpatient clinic, being on call, and the operating theatre.