Aditaya, a medical student from India, enrolled in a general surgery rotation in California. Her unique experience allowed her to learn about the best patient interaction practices and even how surgery is performed with the assistance of technology. To read about Aditaya’s summer in LA continue reading below!

Summer School

This summer I took part in a general surgery rotation in California. I had a pleasant stay in Los Angeles and spent my days either rotating between different hospitals to observe surgery or seeing patients in the office at Cedars-Sinai. From the second I entered the hospital my first day, everyone greeted me with the happiest smile on their face. This continued every day of my clinical experience. Starting off the day with a positive attitude is the best way to boost yourself—after much-needed coffee of course.

Every doctor was somewhat different in the manner they practice and the way they interact with the patient. I learned valuable skills necessary to build long, life-standing relationships with patients. In Hollywood, everyone is famous so it was a common instance to see an actor/singer/director come to the clinic with their ailments. We were more than happy to provide them with medical assistance. All the doctors I rotated with were kind and helpful. They were eager to be the best doctors they could and that showed in their work. Anything the doctors set their mind to they excelled with. It was very inspirational to see. Whenever I had doubts or questions they were glad to address them. I learned valuable life lessons I’m going to remember forever. I am very thankful for that.

I also spent some time on the Da Vinci Surgical System. It’s mean to be used in long surgeries where the surgeon can sit comfortably on a chair, controlling a robot which does the surgery. The training program consists of about a modules and some games to make it fun.

Los Angeles is one of the most beautiful and diverse cities I have ever been to. I reserved two weeks after my rotation ended to spend time exploring Los Angeles. It’s a truly beautiful city with many interesting museums, galleries, and restaurants to visit.


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