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How To Handle Your Surgery Residency In India


Surgery residency is one of the most exhilarating phases of every surgeons's life. Negotiating a residency requires a great deal of courage, hard work, diplomacy and skill. In a series of posts over the next few weeks we will be discussing various aspects of surgery residency aimed at residents in surgery and surgery residents.


DEVELOPING AN IMPECCABLE WORK ETHIC


When we discuss  post-graduation in surgery, the first word that comes into our mind is dedication. The only way to impress your seniors and inspire your juniors is to develop an impeccable work ethic.

PUNCTUALITY

The most important part of work ethic is punctuality. Make it a point to come early to work and take pride in the fact that you are the first to come. Coming early saves time, makes you more efficient and allows you to complete work as soon as possible. It also sets the standards for rest of the unit. We often find that residents who come early to work are often the ones who examine patients in detail and are the earliest to detect complications.

GETTING ORGANISED

Organising your work helps you finish you work faster and also gives you time to introspect and spend some minutes on academics. 

How to be efficient in residency

  • List out your tasks in a notebook(digital/pocket) - you will not miss out on important tasks
  • File important papers and classify them. For ex: I used  a file in which I kept my consent forms, insurance forms, investigation charts and patient reports neatly labeled and readily accessible. 
  • Make sure you complete your tasks in order of priority. For ex: starting a dopamine drip is more important than discussing the CT report with the radiologist
  • Don't take pride in staying up late and loitering around the wards handling files and records. An efficient surgeon finishes his scut work soon and spends time with patients not files.
  • Never postpone work. Postponed work often piles up.
  • Learn to delegate work - simpler work can be given to junior residents and interns.
  • Treat your juniors well - Happy juniors translates into faster and more efficient work.

PREPARING FOR SURGERY

A capable resident always is prepared for the procedure. Make sure you study the procedure in detail. Arrange the appropriate sutures and instruments in advance. Discuss with the consultant and the staff nurses if any staplers or other instruments are necessary. There is no substitute for good preparation. 
Before you scrub up for any major surgery, do watch some videos of the procedure.


We will be discussing more about residency life in further issues

Vinayak Rengan is a surgeon from Chennai who completed his residency a year ago at Madras Medical College. He is the co-founder of Surgtest - a surgical education platform and Fellowship Central











Keywords: Residency, Clinical Surgery, Surgery Life, Surgery in India, Surgeon in India, Surgery Residency, Association of Surgeons of India, Best Surgery Books




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