Sunday, December 21, 2008

Monday always comes so quickly

but the weekend felt particularly short this weekend because I went into work today and yesterday in order to get things done before the holiday. Drew was wonderful, he cleaned the apartment both days while I was gone - which the apartment was in great need of! We spent last night watching Stepbrothers the movie. If you haven't seen it yet, do not waste your time, it was horrible. Drew would disagree with me as he did have quite a few laughs but personally I found it unentertaining, obnoxious, and obscene - two hours I would like to have back in my life. Tonight we are going to attempt to watch 21 - hopefully it will be an improvement from lastnight.

An update on Drew's front - he received a 76 on his written surgery exam... which is not his best performance but it is enough to qualify him for honors in surgery. Honors is based on his clinical exam, written exam and the doctor's evals of him - it will be a few more weeks before we find out about that. Drew is currently working on his CV (curriculum vitae) so that he can have someone look over it and give him some recommendations. The main hole is his volunteer experience, but that can be easily addressed. Also some random information pertaining to residencies... one negative about neurosurgery is that most of the programs are very small (1 or 2 residents admitted each year) which makes it even more competitive and difficult to end up in a preferable location. A negative statistic we learned about orthopedic surgery is "According to a study published in the March, 1998 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 'there is a surplus of orthopaedic surgeons today and that current training levels will create an even larger surplus in 2010.' "

For those of you just tuning in Drew has come to the realization that he wants to be a surgeon. He has not yet narrowed down his specialization but his top three choices (in no particular order) are:
Orthopedic Surgery - An orthopaedic surgeon is trained in the preservation, investigation and restoration of the form and function of the extremities, spine, and associated structures by medical, surgical and physical means. Residency in orthopaedic surgery consists of one year of general surgery training followed by four years of orthopaedic surgery training (five years total). Two years in clinical practice following residency is required before final certification. One year of additional training is required to practice in one of the subspecialty areas.
Neurological Surgery - A neurological surgeon provides the operative and non-operative management of disorders of the central, peripheral and autonomic nervous systems including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles, as well as the blood vessels that relate to these structures. Residency training in neurological surgery lasts five to seven years, the first year of which is a general clinical/surgery training year. Neurosurgical residents are trained in all aspects of neurosurgery, including cerebrovascular, pediatrics, spine, trauma and tumor.
Cardiothoracic Surgery - A thoracic surgeon provides the operative, perioperative care and critical care of patients with pathologic conditions within the chest. Included is the surgical care of coronary artery disease, cancers of the lung, esophagus and chest wall, abnormalities of the trachea, great vessels and heart valves, congenital anomalies, tumors of the mediastinum and diseases of the diaphragm. Residency training in thoracic surgery is seven to eight years total, consisting of a general surgery residency of five years before completing a minimum two year thoracic surgery residency.

(Not my language by the way - just copied and pasted from the careers in medicine website.

Tomorrow I hear whether baby Hare is a boy or a girl!

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