Don't get me wrong - being in the OR is really really awesome, and the idea of being able to go inside someone and just fixing them with your bare (but scrubbed and gloved) hands is so freaking cool (and I totally get the whole God complex thing - you are fixing someone WITH YOUR HANDS).
But once I got past the wow factor of seeing someone's insides manipulated, I've realized that my favorite part of surgery is actually seeing the patient each day after the operation on morning rounds and seeing what progress they've made.
I like hearing their stories; reading their charts; asking them about their ability to poop, pass gas, and ambulate ("have you passed any gas from below?" "you mean farted?"); meeting their family when they come to visit.
I've noticed that it's the lowest-level residents who spend the most time on the floors with the patients, and the least amount of time in the OR, and as you get more senior, you get to spend more and more time operating. This makes sense, as the final goal of a surgical residency is, of course, to be doing surgeries (duh). But I think I like what the lower residents do better!
Plus, I'm already bored of some surgeries. After I saw like, two thyroidectomies, I was totally over them and chose not to scrub into any because I felt like I had already been-there-done-that. But the same surgeon does at least a few of them every single day. You probably lose some of the wow factor after your 50 billionth thyroidectomy.
Plus plus, writing long, detailed notes is like writing a story! You get all this mumbo jumbo of information (uch, patients as historians are the worsttttt, amiright?), and you get to organize that info in such a way so that it is coherent and will make logical sense to anyone else who reads it. Challenge accepted! And rounding is just telling that story, hearing other people's stories, and coming up with the next chapter (sort of?). I think I could handle the whole rounding-until-noon thing if I get me some comfier walking shoes.
Plus plus plus, the hourssssssss.
Soooo... internal medicine? yesnomaybe?