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.