So right now I’m on my Sports rotation and when you subtract the craziness of balancing family life, Sports is pretty awesome. I basically work with two attendings, one is a big time shoulder guy and the other a big time knee guy. With the shoulder attending I’ve been learning how to arthroscopically evalute the shoulder in the OR, performing debridements, labral repairs, biceps tenodesis, assisting in reverse shoulder arthroplasties, and total shoulder arthroplasties, etc. With the knee attending I’ve been learning how to scope the knee, perform ACL reconstructions both with patellar allografts and hamstring autografts, perform meniscus debridements and repairs, etc.

Our attendings are also the team doctors for the Baltimore Oriole’s (who are actually doing well this year) so that’s cool. They are also the team docs for the Johns Hopkins University athletes, so every Monday we go to their training room and see the injured players and manage their care there.

I now really understand why so many residents go into Sports after residency. You can have a pretty good life, with mostly outpatients, make good money, and still see your family. The one downer I see is that not my folks in 3rd world countries need their ACL reconstructed. So the skillset I would get wouldn’t really help me with my oversea’s mission. But I know I won’t be overseas forever, so its stil something to consider.

In about 2 weeks I switch to my Pediatrics rotation which is what Hopkins is really know for. Peds is actualy at the top of my list of possible specialties to go into so I’m excited to start. Its also an incredibly busy service so don’t expect to hear from me again until Dec. when I switch again.

2 Responses to Sports

  1. Ruth says:

    Dropped by your blog after following a link on another blog. Thank you for sharing your experiences. Your sports medicine skills might yet be needed in the “third world” There are professional sportsmen/women there who might appreciate your services. Some are often supported/sponsered by business people who would prefer local services rather than send their sportspeople overseas or to neighbouring countries once they trust you. Consider too that >50% of the world’s population now lives in urban areas so even if you are in a rural setting city/towns folk would avail of your services. God Bless you.

  2. Vanessa Rangel says:


    My name is Vanessa Rangel, and I found your blog via SDN. Praise the Lord that He brought me to your site. I am currently studying for the MCAT and I graduated from UCLA last year. Your posts on your path to take the MCAT is much of how I am feeling right now. I know through God’s help, I will be able to take this test with a peaceful mind. I do wish to ask a few questions via e-mail because LLU is one of my top choices! I hope I will be able to get in contact with you. God bless, and remain to look at the things above =)


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