“Me?” you might ask. Yes, you. You, too, are now a part of this operating room. You are the remora fish (sometimes called a suckerfish) that latches onto the shark and goes on those shark journeys throughout the hospital. This is such a great position to be in because you get to have fairly little responsibility and you get to glean all you can from your surroundings. Take advantage of the view. If you have a question, ask. If you don’t understand something, ask. Just make sure you are nice about it. You know, use those nice people words like “please” and “thanks.” Also, mind your mouth just a little. Don’t be too chatty and don’t get too casual, even if those around you seem to be letting loose a bit. Similar to observing sharks and other sea creatures from a safe distance, remember to be professional and to keep a safe “distance” in the OR. Overall, a good remora is observant. Look around for ways you might be helpful. You may think you have no skills to offer, but you do have legs and arms. Before the surgery even starts, the patient needs help getting onto the surgical table and the patient’s bed needs to be wheeled out into the hallway. It’s always appreciated when you help with this. Similarly, when the case is over, help get the patient off the table and onto the bed. Watch your resident for other ways you might assist.