PHOTO OF THE DAY
"Paging Dr. Merzon! Paging Dr. Merzon! Please report to the operating room - STAT!"
It looks like our favorite blogger has, once again, tried her hand at something new! Will Sara be trading her boiler suit for surgical scrubs? Will she be leaving Massachusetts Maritime Academy for Massachusetts General Hospital? Keep reading to find out!
If Grey’s Anatomy Needs Doctors, Let Us Know!
When I was little, I wanted to be a doctor. Last night, my childhood dream of being a doctor was a reality. Dr. Sacco, Judy, and Johnathan put on a suture demonstration last night. There were about ten cadets and three professors that decided to join. We were all given a pair of needle drivers and pickups. Once we were all gloved up and ready to start, our patients arrived. Judy passed out pieces of raw chicken to each student. We started with what is called the simple interrupted stitch. After I finished three stitches, I looked around and realized that I had turned my chicken into Frankenstein. A couple of people mastered the first stitch so we moved onto the running stitch otherwise known as the walking stitch. Dr. Sacco mentioned that it takes practice to master stitches but eventually you’ll get good and can make them look like a baseball stitch. Based off what my sutures looked like, I’d need probably twenty years of practice first. 1/C Derek Nedell’s (Taunton, MA) stitches were almost perfect and I have to admit, I was a little jealous.
The future Dr. Naron? Perhaps!
FTV-STX would like to thank Cadet Naron for his many contributions to the blog during Sea Term 2018.
I asked Dr. Sacco why they put on the demonstration and he said “It’s a tradition that has been carried on for a few years and cadets seem to like it. Also, it’s a practical life skill. Deckies will also have to learn this when they’re a Third Mate. As a Third Mate, they are responsible for some medical things like giving out stitches.”
I have to say I’m glad that they continued this tradition because it helped me realize that I don’t want to be a doctor. Everyone enjoyed learning about sutures and being able to actually do them ourselves. But in reality, everyone should be happy I decided to not attend medical school!
Even if you're not ready to suture a chicken leg, you may enjoy watching this instructional video.
Regimental Cruise Staff
Everyone has a boss and when it comes to the regiment of cadets, our Regimental Commander is the boss. But in the past few years, the Regimental Commander has been an unlicensed major. To fix this, COMCAD has developed a new position, the Regimental Cruise Commander. The Regimental Cruise Commander this year is 1/C Daniel Haun (Forestdale, MA). With a large ship, 1/C Haun can’t control the entire ship by himself. There are two cadets, one for each major, that are in charge of the cadets in their major and work directly with the Chief Mate and Chief Engineer. The Cadet Chief Mate is 1/C Paige Mentuck (Swampscott, MA) and the Cadet Chief Engineer is Alex Zimmerman (Jupiter, FL). Paige is in charge of the Marine Transportation cadets while Alex is in charge of Marine Engineers. Even with all 3 of the regimental positions, there is still too many things to be completed in a day. During the Fall semester, the three of them came together to pick a team of division leaders and hold captains. Like everything, it is important to work together as a team and this year’s Regimental Cruise Staff has accomplished their goal of a successful Sea Term.
The three leaders of Sea Term 2018: 1/C Paige Mentuck, Cadet Chief Mate, 1/C Daniel Haun, Cruise Commander, & 1/C Alex Zimmerman, Cadet Chief Engineer.
The entire regimental cruise staff worked to make Sea Term 2018 a huge success.
With the end of Sea Term creeping closer and closer, the academics of Sea Term have also come to an end. Today was Final Exam day and once again, every cadet had their nose in a book trying to squeeze in a few last minutes of studying. You could tell who had finished their exams and who hadn’t. Those done with exams had smiles plastered on their faces and began relaxing. Now compare that to the cadets that hadn’t finished yet, the ones easily pointed out because all you could see was the top of their heads peeking out over a pile of books.
3/C cadets were thrilled to finish up their charting exam...
4/C Cadets could KNOT wait to finish this hands-on exam with Mate Morrow & Mate Perron.
As well as final exam day, today is the end of maintenance for the rest of Sea Term. Saturday is the last full day that we will spend on the ship but instead of maintenance, everyone will be cleaning the ship. The last few days of maintenance have consisted of last minute jobs like touching up painting or reorganizing storage areas.
Reality has finally started hitting cadets that our Sea Term is almost over and soon we’ll have to go back to our “lives on land” as someone said. The selling point that Sea Term is over - the cold. Sweatshirts and hats have crept out of the lockers and are making their appearance all over the ship, including inside!
If anyone has a vacation planned to somewhere warm, I’ll trade with you!