Guide to Medical Etiquette: the operating theatre
Not many jobs entail putting on a pair of pyjamas, a paper hat, and a mask. The benevolent connotations of this silly costume, a clown, magician, or some other such children's entertainer, belie the harsh reality. In truth, the operating theatre abounds with delicate egos and complicated power structures. To survive in this arena the wise student develops an intimate knowledge of his antagonist, and his own role. Until you develop this awareness these notes may be useful. Simply cut them out, stick them to card, and laminate for your wipe clean quick reference guide.
Consultant surgeon - She is the one holding the knife. The wise student keeps this fact in mind at all times. As a student, you will encounter the surgeon mainly while scrubbing up. To make a good impression you should scrub for longer than her. Unfortunately, surgeons are well aware of this student dictum and