A bunch of little things I guess. Some examples:
- gastric ulcers in smokers (seen those suckers perforate, always in a smoker!)
- same thing with bladder cancer (smoking=bad)
- people in my class were stressing over learning musculoskeletal diseases but I have seen many carpal tunnels, De'Quervains, Dupytren's contracture, rotator cuff repairs, Hammer toes, ACL repairs, etc. Seeing the inside of joints on arthoscopy made my life much easier learning that section!
- S/S of an acute abdomen
- S/S AAA and what to do (get to the OR stat!)
I could go on, but you probably get it. Never underestimate what the OR can teach you. I am now trying to look understand lab values on my patients and how they relate to their diagnosis (ex. WBC levels with appendicits). Being in the OR provides me the time to only have one patient at a time so I can really look at their PMH and diagnostic values to try to make some sense out of it. I don't think I want to work in the OR as an NP but I can definitely see how my OR experience will translate into primary care. Don't worry, you will be a rock star, especially when it comes to suturing class .