It is mid-April, and final exams are looming closer and closer. It’s unbelievable to think that there are only 3 weeks until second year will come to a close.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to participate in the Ophthalmology enucleation lab. This wet lab was in conjunction with the Feline Club. Each student had a cadaver dog or cat to practice enucleation techniques.
I was able to practice two different enucleation techniques: transpalpebral and a subconjunctival approach. The transpalpebral approach involves making an elliptical-like incision around the eyelid. The whole eye and its tissues are removed in one go. The subconjunctival approach starts out by making an incision around the bulbar conjunctiva. The conjunctival tissue and nictitating membrane with their glands, are removed. It was a great experience learning the different techniques while practicing my suture skills along-side an ophthalmologist’s mentorship.
This week is the much-anticipated surgery OSCE (objective structured clinical exam). Every second-year student is examined on their suturing competency and how well aseptic technique is applied. As I am writing to you, I am practicing some of the suturing patterns on my DASIE. During your second year, you’ll receive a DASIE model that simulates layers of the body wall. It is a great tool to use for practicing the suturing patterns we’ve been learning these past two semesters. For now, it is back to prepping for the surgery OSCE.
Until next time,
“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” ―Benjamin Disraeli