Category: ENT & Surgery

Day 30: Love your work

Someone said that the secret to happiness is not in doing what you love, but in loving what you do. As doctors, we are in such privileged positions. We get to practice our art and help others along the way. As medical students, we fell in love with medicine.… Read more

Day 29: Teach, teach, teach

‘Doctor’ comes from the Latin word ‘docere’, meaning ‘teacher’. ‘Surgery’ comes from the Latin ‘chirurgia’, or Greek ‘kheirourgia’, meaning ‘working with hands’.

I believe as a surgeon I am called to be a teacher who works with my hands.

The primary duty of a doctor/surgeon is to teach.… Read more

Day 28: Thank the boss

Throughout my training I’ve found that even the hardest bosses are really softies at heart. Some of the nastiest surgeons I’ve met turn out to be very reasonable and friendly mentors once you get to spend time with them. It’s just that they don’t let too many people come close to them and they demand perfection from everyone working with them.… Read more

Day 27: Record some rights

Which is harder? Writing down the bad stuff you’ve done, or the good ones? Yesterday you wrote about the things that you could have done to improve your game. The wrongs that could have been made better. Today, write down the events in the past week where you have done well.… Read more

Day 26: Record some wrongs

To err is human. Doctoring is human. If we are honest with ourselves, there will always be mistakes we can admit to and things we can do better. We are trained in this. As a trainee surgeon, in particular, I am trained to continually audit my performance.… Read more

Day 25: Hold your tongue

Hospitals are pressure cookers. Working in hospitals involve dealing with pressures at all times: time pressures, clinical demands, urgent matters, sick patients, excessive workload, mounting paperwork, challenging procedures, etc. In the midst of high tension and pressure situations, egos get rubbed, tempers flare, and sharp, hurtful words get thrown about.… Read more