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  1. Hello everyone! I just started my new job as a new grad in thoracic surgery. I feel good seeing patients in clinic and rounding on post-op patients, however I am really struggling in the OR. I still don't have the camera movements down for thoracoscopic procedures and I feel like it takes me a long time to get used to using the instruments. I am also having trouble closing the incisions as I have only done superficial wounds before. I can feel my attendings getting impatient with me. I am just curious if any other surgical PA's had a similar experience and if/how it got better.
  2. Hi everyone! I’m a new grad PA who just graduated a couple months ago and I’m primarily interested in GI, Family, or Hospital Medicine. A PA who I used to shadow in Thoracic Surgery reached out to me and asked for my resume and I thought, what the hell, I’ll give it a shot and see what this job is about. I just had an interview for this Thoracic surgery job and the team is willing to give me great training as a new grad. It seems great, but I’m not crazy about surgery and don’t have much procedure experience. They haven’t given me an offer yet, but I’m concerned that I won’t know what to do if
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