I started in the OR in ophthalmology about 6 months ago and I really love the OR environment, many wonderful things about it, and I hope to stay here for the duration of my career. One thing I'm not in love with about ophthalmology, though, is that the cases are usually so fast. Many days, it feels like I'm spending most of the day in a nevery-ending cycle of opening cases up then shutting them down, running back and forth to holding, laying instruments out, packing them up, laying them out, packing them up. Especially if I get assigned to one of these cataract guys for the day, it can really get to feeling like a factory.
I know it's way too soon to move on, but I'm plotting my next move in my head...I'm wondering what people in other services think about this. I think I would love to work in cardiothoracic: If I'm going to work with surgeons who act like it's life-and-death, it may as well actually be life-and-death! I also think trauma would be really interesting because by definition, it's unplanned and could be such a variety of issues, whereas ophthalmology for the most part is very predictable, and there are only a handful of procedures that we do routinely.
I would appreciate any comments any of you have that could shed light on whether I should be content where I am, or if I should look to a different service. If there are pros/cons that I'm overlooking, please share!