Thursday, May 31, 2012

Both Sides of the Table

If I may, a piece of advice to the new intern class of emergency medicine residents.

When you are on your surgery rotations, remember that you are an EM resident. If you operate on a patient, ask the anesthesiologist to intubate that patient too. It is very cool to be on one side of the table, scrub, and then assist the surgeon on the other side of the table. You are a multitasker.


The scrub nurse will not know what to make of you. After the surgery, ask the nurse to see their op-report. It will say that you intubated the patient and that you operated on the patient. This makes you special - you will be the only person in the hospital that will do this.

 - Tim Peck, MD

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