The Whipple procedure during medical school was either the thing you couldn't believe you got to assist on, or the thing you couldn't believe you had to assist on.
For a surgery junkie, it's great. It's one of the most intense re-plumbing jobs commonly done. For those of us who just wanted to pass surgery and be done, it was an eight-hour torture session. On your feet, masked, capped, and gowned, holding some stupid retractor or another until the early evening.