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Tips on…Getting the most out of an operating theatre session

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:0605207
  1. Yi-Yang Ng, clinical teaching fellow1
  1. 1Department of Undergraduate Education, Manor Hospital, Walsall

Some medical students find it boring to stand for long periods in the operating theatre and then realising at the end of the session that they have learnt nothing. Here are some useful tips to help you get the most out of your time in the operating theatre.

Before the session

  • Use the operating list to find out what procedures are going to be done and which surgical team will be operating

  • Speak to the patients on the list and read up the relevant clinical conditions and anatomy. This will give you a better understanding of the surgical management of a particular condition (for example, laparoscopic cholecystectomy …

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