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Brian Sutterer

I am currently in my fourth year and am primarily located at the Indianapolis campus. I spent my first two years at the Terre Haute campus, but relocated to Indy for the final two. My interest in medicine is the field of physical medicine and rehabilitat...

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The Fourth Year of Medical School

The fourth year of medical school is the time when we apply for residency positions. Residency is the post graduate training that all doctors have to go through, specific to the field that you choose. For me, I’ll spend 4 years training for PM&R. It can be a pretty stressful (and expensive) time of year. […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Mar 30, 2017

What type of doctor do you want to become? And no, I don’t mean what speciality

“A doctor’s mission should not be just to prevent death, but to improve the quality of life. You treat a disease, you win-you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you’ll win, no matter what the outcome” – Patch Adams (1998) It’s that time of year where everyone begins residency applications and you commonly hear […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Aug 14, 2016

Finding the perfect fit and my first week at Mayo Clinic

I’m now 1 week into my PM&R elective at Mayo Clinic and it’s been nothing but an amazing experience all around. First of all, and probably most importantly, this past week has convinced me that PM&R is the perfect field for me.  I spent the first week on the outpatient side, but the subject matter […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Jun 14, 2016

1 year later..a reflection on when the patient/doctor roles are switched and what it taught me

I came across some social media posts today that reminded me of the start of what has been a challenging but insightful journey for me over the past year. I’ve wanted to post some reflections on what has transpired and this seemed like a good time. Last April, during my second year of school, I […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Apr 13, 2016

Delivering babies and life on OB/GYN

I just finished my first week on OB/GYN. At IU, we do 5.5 weeks on this rotation, with half of the time devoted to obstetrics and the other half on gynecology. The OB service is spent on labor and delivery, so our days consist of taking care of pregnant women and delivering their babies. I’m […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Mar 20, 2016

A week full of firsts

I’ve spent this past week on my anesthesia rotation and there have been quite a few first time experiences. Anesthesia gives students a lot of opportunities to do hands on work and learn some basic skills of patient care. This past week I successfully intubated a patient (place a breathing tube during surgery), bag-mask ventilated […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Mar 04, 2016

Subsurgical rotation and the upcoming months

So it’s been a while since I posted anything and it’s time for an update! I finished up my internal medicine rotation back at the end of January and just recently finished my subsurgical weeks. At IU, we get 4 weeks during our third year in which we get to spend time in different surgical […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Feb 27, 2016

“You Want to be a Physi-what Doctor?”

I get this question a lot when I tell family (and even med school friends) what I’m interested in specializing in. In fact, it was a question I had to ask initially, as well. So what am I talking about? Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or PM&R as we’ll call it, and it’s the field of […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Dec 19, 2015

What Your Patients Will Remember You For During Medical School

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted and now Im on my Internal Medicine rotation. Overall, its been a pretty busy couple of weeks. First for me is the inpatient month, which means I spend my days in the hospital, rounding on patients and doing your typical “medicine” type stuff. So far it hasn’t […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Dec 09, 2015

Psychiatry: Final Thoughts and what’s Next

One more rotation has come and gone! I can honestly say psychiatry has been the clerkship i’ve probably learned the most on during this year. I wouldn’t say it was my favorite, as I really can’t see myself as a psychiatrist based on a variety of things, but I really felt like I learned a […]

Brian Sutterer  |  Nov 24, 2015