4 Tips to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself in the Operating Room #SHORTS

The operating room is an intimidating place for many medical students. Here are four tips to avoid embarrassing yourself during your surgical rotations.

First, always introduce yourself when entering the OR. The circulating nurse will need to chart who all is in the room, so getting into the habit of doing this early will help streamline the process.

Second, do your best not to get in the way. When you’re new to the OR, it’s easy to get confused by all the moving pieces; however, you want to avoid slowing other people down or negatively impacting their ability to do their job.

Third, learn to read the room. There’s a time to ask questions and a time to let the surgical team focus on the task at hand. Don’t be the student who asks questions at inappropriate times.

Lastly, avoid taking things personally. Surgery is often stressful and there will be moments of high tension where you may be yelled at or talked down to.

Remember, these instances are often more a reflection of the situation and the character of the individual you’re working with than they are of you. Avoid beating yourself up about it.

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