Get the most out of your surgical experiences by doing this one thing:
Pretend that every surgery you participate in, you will have to perform the exact surgery by yourself later on that day.
Hear me out. Doing this completely shifts your perspective from passive observer to active participant. It also helps you to get a taste of the huge responsibility that comes with performing an operation.
Think about it. If today someone asked you if you were going to have to perform a surgery tomorrow night, and you would have the chance to observe it being done in the morning, it would completely change the way you would observe and participate in the case.
You would likely:
1-thoroughly read up on the pertinent anatomy, critical structures to avoid, not to kill/ permanently disable your patient
2- you would read the surgical technique beforehand, like if it was gospel.
3- You would try and polish up your suturing and tying to the best you can in 24 hrs.
4- You would observe that surgery in the morning like someone’s life depended on it. You would ask about every step every maneuver and why because if you had to actually do it next, you would need to know all these things!
No matter your role in the operating room, Think like a surgeon.