Typically, the residents at our local medical school are the first assists for many of the procedures and surgeries, but today the resident had a lecture.... so, I was able to scrub in and watch the procedures and assist the attending! I had no idea that I would be able to do this much on this rotation, I figured that I would be "watching" a lot, but this opportunity that I had today (and all this week) was truly awesome and definitely unexpected. I know that the residents and students are learning as well and need to take part in many of these procedures, but I cannot help from feeling jealous when they get to cut, suture, and take part in a larger way...but then I remember that they have been studying for years before they are given these responsibilities. As a PA student, I am only on rotation here for 4 weeks (at least in my program) and I have very little experience in the procedural realm of medicine... but that doesn't mean that I don't want to take part in it and learn as much as I can!
After gaining some more experience and knowledge about these procedures, I plan to outline them and their purposes in another blog entry coming up :)