You may have noticed that it's been a while since my last "Quotes from the Classroom" post.
You also may have noticed that I have not really been 'feeling the love' in medical school these days so I've resorted to truancy. It's been helpful in that I have gotten a lot of work done on the essays (which have no application whatsoever to medical practice) done. But being stuck in the hovel all day and night is making me more and more curmudgeonly. I figured it was time to start going to class again.
Yesterday I ventured out into the light and attended three greatly interesting lectures; one was a GP/derm/sports med overachiever who lectured to us about the different types of arthritis and how they will present to you in clinic.
"The patient will come in and tell you they can't throw their leg over the seat of a bike...or whatever it is they like to throw their leg over."
This was followed by an orthopod and then an anesthetist who is a pain specialist (have I mentioned yet this month that I want to attach myself to the leg of every anesthetist I see, begging them to take me to the hospital with them??)
By far the most entertaining part of the afternoon was the orthopedic surgeon who lectured to us about joint replacement surgery. There is just something a little jarring about the statement "so we saw the head of the femur off, it goes in the bin, and then we set about getting the prosthesis into the femur".
This of course was followed by, "the first rule of orthopedic prosthesis placement is 'when it stops movin', stop bangin'". Remind me never to get my hip replaced!
And the pearl of wisdom bestowed upon us when one of the students asked about osteolysis (complete bone destruction around the prosthetic causing instability and pain for the patient), "there is no problem that metal can't solve".
It is safe to say that orthopedic surgeon has long been scratched off my list of "maybe that is what I will be when I grow up".
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