Friday, 26 September 2008

Anaesthetist 1 Surgeon 0

We're halfway through a gall bladder operation

Consultant surgeon to surgical SHO: What passes through the foramen spinosum?
Me: I know that one! It's the middle meningeal artery
Surgical SHO: Which is a branch of the maxillary artery
Me: I'm an anaesthetist and even I know that. I've got one for you guys
Surgical SHO: Go on...
Me: What's the equation for heat generated by the diathermy machine?
Surgical SHO: ...
Consultant surgeon: ...

One of the few advantages of exam revision is that occasionally, you get to look dead clever at work...

(p.s. if you're really interested, the answer is Heat is proportional to the square of the current divided by the area)

5 comments:

madsadgirl said...

So the revision is working then!

Elaine said...

Definitely - Chalk one up.

Don't try it too often or you might get thought of as a smart alec.

anna gregory said...

Have missed your posts!

Hope revision has gone well. Can i ask, are the working time regs having much affect in your area? I keep hearing that it's being ignored. I qualify in two years and think we are supposed to be working 48hr weeks by then.

Alex said...

Hi

Just wanted to say I really enjoy reading your blog! I'm a year 13 prospective medicine student and I always seem to be hearing about how hard and stressful life as a (junior) doctor is, which I'm sure is true, but I like your blog because there are lots of positive things too :)

Good luck in those exams of yours!

Bongi said...

nice.