Because I'm not a surgical resident, I've definitely been babied a little on this rotation. I haven't had to do overnight call and I'm the last resident to show up in the morning and the first to leave at the end of the day. During nine-hour flap surgeries I'm told to scrub out halfway for a food and bathroom break (a kind offer in the surgical world!).
Here's what my typical ENT day looks like:
|quiet hospital in the early morning|
0615 - 0730 h: We round on the patients as a team. Tasks are divided amongst the residents and medical students: writing a brief progress note and orders in the chart, talking to and examining the patient, filling out a consult request or imaging requisition if needed, hooking up the doppler box (to check on blood flow at the surgical site), and removing dressings and drains. As most of the patients have tracheostomies, in the early post-op period they communicate with us by writing.
|rounding on the ward|
Common calls are about nose bleeds, ear infections, peritonsillar abscesses, sialadenitis, and suspected head and neck cancers. As these patients often need to be scoped or have a procedure performed (nasal packing, abscess drainage) I'm grateful that the ENT residents are always around and happy to take over!
|you can identify an ENT resident by their nasopharyngoscope briefcases|
|lots of walking around the hospital on day call|
ENT Study Resources
Unfortunately I don't have any study resources to share for ENT, as I've spent the past month referring to two excellent guides written by residents in this program. For any other clinical questions I've turned to the usually helpful UpToDate.