I’m really just looking for an excuse to post this awesome picture. This giraffe is an educational model. It’s big and fluffy and beautiful – I have an affinity for giraffes in part due to my great-grandmother – and also it has a real spine that the orthopods used to teach the students on rotation and also to educate their spine patients.
I kind of hoped that I would be an ortho queen. I just loved the idea of being a tiny woman in a male-dominated specialty (at least, it is in South Africa) and kicking ass at it. I’m sure I’m not the only person with those kinds of bad-ass dreams.
Anyway, I did enjoy Orthos. It was just unfortunately the last rotation before surgical exams so it earned the place of “thing that is keeping me from studying”.
I especially loved paediatric orthopaedics and spine. Spine because it makes sense, and although it is hard at first, once you have the examination waxed it’s awesome. HOFFMAN’S REFLEX! It’s the most fun reflex ever. Also it’s pretty fun watching the Ortophods and Neurologists battle for the territory.
And Paeds was fun because… well, do I need a reason? But honestly, I really liked seeing babies’ feet improve with their Ponseti casts week after week, and I loved how many things could be fixed without invasive measures.
Oh, and although I already did this during Family Medicine, POPs are so much fun. I just feel like, when you’ve had a crazy call and you feel like you’ve been through a war, you should look that way too. And with Ortho, you do! At least, the kind of war where people throw Plaster of Paris at one another…
But, ultimately, Ortho still has surgery… and the surgery in Ortho didn’t make my heart beat any faster than it does for General, or Abdo, or Vascular, or any of that… (Which, as you probably know, is not very fast at all.)
I honestly don’t have a grudge against surgery. It’s just not my thing.
But overall, Orthopaedics was one of the rotations I didn’t hate getting up for every morning – and that is quite an achievement!