Do experienced surgeons take rookie surgeons in during an operation?
I was wondering if it was necessary for rookie surgeons to experience operations first hand or just watch from afar.
During medical school, students scrub in and observe surgeries.
During the 5 years of residency after medical school, residents assist with and eventually perform the surgeries under the supervision of an experienced attending physician.
Yes is the answer!
When you are in medical school, you do rotations with a variety of different types of medicine including surgery. If you decide to specialize in surgery, you become a "resident" physician in surgery after you graduate from med school which is kind of like a working surgery internship. They will shadow and partner with "attending" physicians who are doctors that are more experienced and have completed residency programs.