Visiting Medical Student Rotation - Dr. Aqeel Kamal
Aqeel Kamal, MD, Class of 2019
As a 4th year medical student I did an away rotation
here at Wake. I had always heard good things about the program, but my
wife and I were expecting our first baby and I wanted to make sure my family
and I would be happy here.
The rotation was very organized and the department created a
syllabus for medical students. The med students rotated through general
anesthesia, neuro anesthesia, regional anesthesia, pediatric anesthesia and CT
anesthesia. We also spent time in the simulation lab, learning about the
ventilator. We had daily med student lectures given by the anesthesia
Attendings including Dr. Reynolds and Dr. Taylor. I was also given the
opportunity to attend CA-1 lectures, specialty lectures and grand rounds.
The rotation was a blast! I would usually arrive to the hospital
by 6:30 am and check the surgical board to see what cases were scheduled. I
would choose the case I wanted to attend and usually spent my day in that room.
I was usually done by 3:00 pm. The residents I worked with were amazing. They
were very knowledgeable about anesthesia and I learned a ton that month. All
the residents seemed very happy and excited to be at work. They gave me
opportunities to intubate every patient and try using different airway instruments.
One of the most memorable airway instruments I used was the lightwand!
The Attendings gave the residents and myself questions about an
anesthesia related topic during the surgeries and then they would go over our
answers with us. I thought this was great way to learn because I was forced to
think about the disease process and how it affected anesthesia plans instead of
just listening to a lecture. Over the course of the month I realized, the
Anesthesia program at Wake Forest and the city of Winston Salem was where me
and my family were going to be the happiest.