Tuesday, July 10, 2018

"A Day in the Life of a Surgeon", especially at 5 AM





Here’s “A Day in the Life of a Surgeon”, by a young surgical resident, David Hindin, in Philadelphia (Oh, yes, the Phillies, rivals of the Nats). I think that’s the Penn campus, near Drexel.

  
He gets up at 5 AM and buys coffee for the outgoing shift. He shows the little rest cubicle, with a bunk, and lots of textbooks (like Organic Chemistry, and a military surgery book with graphic war injury pictures from Afghanistan). The residents share this sleep space for their 24 hour shifts. 
  
He carries field notes, pens, and a chest tube needle package for dire emergencies in his shirt pocket.
   
He stops short of showing the scrubbing for surgery, which could get interesting.  Maybe that happens in another video.

I’m trying to find out more about  (Sundance’s) “Science Fair”, which has been bought by National Geographic but I don’t know when it will show.  Maybe Magnolia can pick it up for a theatrical showing,  Jack Andraka is on a senior project (Truman scholar, Stanford University) researching Ebola this summer in Sierra Leone, and I have a feeling that material will hit the video and short film circuit in a few months. But Jack will face this routine (from Hindin's video) himself one day if he becomes an oncologist (maybe mine if something happens to me down the road – I turn 75 today).

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