On the opposite end is the high testosterone surgeon. He is all about rapid fire Surgical Recall sorta pimping. He came from a program that felt you should know be able to recite the surgery from memory, give a 60 minute lecture every possible non-surgical way of treating something before you got close to that patient with a knife. He keeps my nose in the books more than I would on my own and it is good for my learning. He allows a modest amount of hands-on time but really pushes the books if you want to be "in the game". And yes, he used to fly fighter jet aircraft... (seriously)
So, as I wrap up this surgical rotation I did hear one comment from a surgeon that the other student and myself were doing "honors level" clinical work which is great to hear. The exam for this rotation is notoriously difficult so the real test if the final exam. If you get honors on the clinical grade but only pass or high pass on your final you end up with a "high pass" course grade. To get honors you need honors on it all and I have never been a medical trivial pursuit champ which is what is often needed. By the way, do you know the location of the ducts of Luschka? How about the spiral valves of Heister? Exactly... me either. (well, I do know!) High Pass, here I come!