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Anesthesiology: More than intubating and propofol
By Daniel Orlovich, MD, PharmD
Editor’s Note: Did you ever wonder what medical students think when they start their first anesthesia rotation? It must seem overwhelming. Daniel Orlovich, then a fourth-year medical student at the University of California, Irvine, wrote down these observations about his first days on our side of the ether screen. For me, his essay is a great reminder of how remarkable everything looks through fresh eyes, and how every new task may be a learning experience. Dr. Orlovich is now about to begin his anesthesiology residency at Stanford. We hope he will keep us posted on his progress!
“How’s she doing?”
The attending anesthesiologist asked me that question about the intubated and unconscious patient on the operating room table.
“Well…” I crossed my hands. Up to this point in medical school, every patient or parent I met was able to speak to me. But there was no chance I could ask this patient a question. I couldn’t even start an H & P.
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