Whenever I'm asked what I want to specialize in someday, I answer with what most premeds probably answer - I don't know yet. However, I usually follow this up with something akin to, "but I'm really interested in surgery of some sort, or emergency medicine..." To that end, I recently followed the advice of a highly esteemed blogging colleague and purchased The Apprentice Doctor's "How to Stitch Up Wounds" kit pictured above. It came with a bunch of stuff (see below), and I'm looking forward to digging in. I'm currently gearing up to study, and I thought I'd put up a quick post as I drink coffee and wait for the caffeine to do its thing...
|Lots of different stitches to learn. I always wondered how they stitched beneath the surface...|
|Complete kit. See below for the breakdown.|
|Shown here (left to right) are two skin hooks, small pointed scissors, medium/blunt scissors, needle holder, scalpel, sharp probe, blunt probe, small forceps, and tissue forceps.|
|Not sure when you would use one over the other (maybe catgut dissolves better than nylon for internal stitches?) but I'm sure that's something I'll learn with the included software course.|
|Top to bottom (as though that's necessary...) surgical marking pen, ruler, colored string (for practicing knots?).|
|Here's the back panel, it basically shows everything I showed up above, but with a bit less detail. I got the gloves and thread too, but considered them insufficiently remarkable to get their own picture.|
Not sure when I will get around to actually going through this - probably not until after next weekend, as I have a number of things occupying my time at the moment. Foremost are my Biochem quiz and exam scheduled for Monday and a week from Monday, respectively. Secondary to those, I am working on an online digital study resource for premed and med students. The goal is to offer all of my digital notecards that I used in preparing for the MCAT and various premed courses available for future students. It's a work in progress, but I've gotten a number of requests from students searching for affordable study resources, and I think it could help a lot of people out.