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The Surgery Rotation Diet

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After studying for the Step 1 and doing little other than sitting at a desk all day and forgetting that the sun exists, I had gained about 8 pounds. After 12 weeks of surgery rotations? I lost about 12lbs, and am now down to my pre-Med School weight (which was the lowest my weight has been in the past… ten years or so; my heaviest ever is twenty pounds higher than where I am now, but that was back when I was sixteen). I don’t mind my current weight, but I think I’d like to re-stabilize at two or three pounds higher than this.

Mostly, I need to be better about making sure I always have food in my backpack or my white coat pockets. Graham crackers swiped from the hospital pantries really shouldn’t be quite so substantial a part of my diet, but I’m so, so grateful for their existence! And the little packets of peanut butter. And the juice! Love the grape juice. Perfect pick me up after a long surgery.


See? Even my parrot Chu agrees that the grape juice cups are delicious! (Parrots have similar tastes in food to people. He loves sweet things, and he loves carbs. And nuts/seeds. Basically, just like with humans, high calorie content = delicious).

Written by Aba

September 15, 2011 at 9:05 pm

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  1. Eating on surgical rotations is very challenging. I had to carry around power bars to eat before going into the OR, because I passed out in surgery if I got even the slightest bit hypoglycemic. It clearly wasn’t the career path for me!

    Solitary Diner

    September 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    • I really don’t know how some people do this forever. I learned to be very strategic about making sure I had access to food in all sorts of places! It’s a skill that is still serving me well on my rotations. =D Never without a nut bar or some graham crackers.


      September 18, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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