Today I am just gonna waffle on about some stuff you ODP enthusiasts may find helpful.
If you are interested in this course or are already on it, be prepared to be fully committed and put in some really hard work! It is tough, but sooo rewarding and I don’t mean that in a cringey way. As you progress, you don’t realise how far you have come until you meet someone new to theatres and think… Wow i was like that once upon a time.
The structure of the course allows one to experience lots of different specialities and work in different hospitals in real life situations. Experiencing real situations and engaging with real patients rather than a simulation teaches you things you cannot learn from a book or a lecture. Clinical placement is an invaluable experience that’s why we are introduced to that environment after just 4 weeks of study block when starting the course.
Anaesthetics, Surgery and Recovery all very different but you learn so many skills from all these placement areas and might sway you in the direction you want to progress in the future.
Good luck to the new starters, the ones who are 6 months behind and those thinking about becoming an ODP.
As a side note
This youtube channel has lots of info on the surgical side of theatre life. Check it out!