Whipple Procedure

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The Whipple procedure (or pancreaticoduodenectomyexpialidocious) is a surgical procedure ranging anywhere from 4 hours to 4 weeks in length, whose main purpose in medical school is to test the resolve and intestinal fortitude of a medical student on a surgery rotation. The Whipple procedure is the marathon race of all general surgeries by subjecting a poor medical student to feats of endurance, both mental (infinite pimping from both residents and attendings) and physical (hold this retractor[1][2] in this awkward position for 7 hours without moving so much as a twitch and don't even think about going to the bathroom, just hold it in for another 10 hours). To most medical students, irrespective of choosing a career in surgery, the Whipple procedure is a life-changing moment, on the same level as marriage and birth of a child.

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  1. Mass General to Offer New Residency in Retractor Holding (Gomerblog)
  2. Medical Student Discovers Niche in Surgery as "Edward Retractor Hands" (Gomerblog)

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