Thursday, May 9, 2013

How much can you learn in one day "shadowing" with Dr. Hey and the Hey Clinic.

One of the great joys we have at Hey Clinic and over at Duke Raleigh Hospital is the chance to inspire and encourage and train the next generation of caregivers.

Yesterday for example we had Meredith with us for the whole day, watching a complex anterior-posterior scoliosis surgery, and then hanging out with us for a half-day clinic.   Meredith is a pre-med at UNC.  She emailed me last night with a few of the things she learned in just one day with us!   Man, she is a smart one.

Here are her lessons learned yesterday:
Hey Dr. Hey!

I had an amazing time shadowing you today, and I can't thank you enough for such a wonderful opportunity! I learned so much more than I expected! Here's a taste of what I learned:

  1.   Don’t separate my faith from my profession; medicine as a ministry tool.       
  2. The OR requires team work
    3.       Surgeons can be goofy, and the OR is a fun environment e.g. jamming to music and “sculpting”
    4.       Never be afraid to ask a question, everyone was happy to answer all mine!
    5.       The human body has 5L of blood
    6.       I can watch a surgery without passing out!
    7.       Blood loss is low in Dr. Hey’s surgeries, and the patient’s blood is re-circulated during surgery
    8.       The nervous system is monitored during surgery via sensory and motor reflexes to prevent any damage to spinal nerves during the placement of hardware in the spine
    9.       A sterile environment is created in blue, anyone not “scrubbed in” must remain 1 foot from the area
    10.   Scrubs are even more comfortable than I could have hoped!
    11.   There are 3 stages to treatment in many patients with back problems: non-surgical (e.g. weight management, brace, exercise), epidural steroid injection, and lastly surgery
    12.   Epidural Steroid Injections are a secondary approach to lower back pain and work by lessening the pressure on the spinal cord nerves, a patient can only receive 3 a year
    13.   After inserting the screws, rods, and other hardware flexibility and bending of the spinal column is limited/lost in that area
    14.   A brace can be used to help young children who have scoliosis maintain their spinal shape (to prevent worsening)
    15.   Early onset scoliosis can be corrected when a child is 9-10 years old and weighs about 70-75 lbs. in a more permanent manner
    16.   Approach the health problem as a “team:” the patient, family, and doctor on one team against the problem
    17.   The Hey Clinic is committed to teaching their patients—showing them their MRIs and CT Scans, while explaining them using models and analogies
    18.   Spending time educating, talking, and sympathizing with patients increases their compliance and trust
    19.   I have a lot to learn!
    20.   I feel confident health care is the right field for me!!
I would love to come back and shadow again in the future, if you'd have me! Again, thank you! It's so encouraging to see clinics like yours out there! Hope you have a wonderful week!


Dr. Lloyd Hey --- Hey Clinic for Scoliosis and Spine Surgery  --- Raleigh, NC  USA

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