This weekend my darling wife went away interstate for a training conference. Some Infectious Diseases clever doctorish stuff. Things we surgeons just do not understand, or even wanna try to understand. I always think, there are only 3 antibiotics in the world anyway, so why spend a beautiful weekend attending conferences on those 3 antibiotics? … More 3 Things My 3-year-old Taught Me
I still remember carrying my first pager as a medical student. It was such an honour. I almost felt like I was finally someone important enough that people need to call me. Funny I felt that way, because the pager was really there just in case our tutors needed to change our tutorial times or … More Of Phones, Pagers and Positions
What a lovely word! It comes form the Greek word epistazo which means to bleed from the nose (duh!). Most of us will have nosebleeds at one point in our lifetime (if you haven’t had that experience, try vigorously digging your nose, or call someone ugly). It is said that up to 60% of us … More Epistaxis: Stop it like a kid.
I’ve been to the hairdressers many times in my life time (that’s an indication that I’m not balding, yet). I’m mostly a drive-through type. I go when I have a free 18minutes and 30seconds from my schedule, and make my way to the nearest hairdresser/stylist/barber/butcher, or anyone with a comb and a pair of scissors. … More 7 Things ENT Surgeons Can Learn From the Hairdressers
In this world of instant image management and quick intro snippets, your first impressions do last. As a doctor, you are patient-inundated, nurse-interrupted, time-limited, ego-conscious and sociably-challenged. Hence the way you introduce yourself may determine whether or not you start on the right footing with your patients. How do you introduce yourself? Here are a … More First Impressions: How Do You Introduce Yourself?
WARNING: This post, like the rest of my blogposts, is best enjoyed with a glass of wine and a good sense of humour. THIS IS NOT A SERIOUS BLOGPOST! I love anaesthetists and have family members who are anaesthetists. We laugh at and with each other. So please have a read of my other blogposts … More 7 Reasons Why You Should Be an Anaesthetist (or Anesthesiologist, if you don’t speak proper English)
1. What is that? 2. Does that part go here? 3. Oops. 4. What happens if I cut here? 5. Hmmhh, not sure if I can fit it all back in again. 6. Could you please google up this procedure? 7. Where is my lawyer’s contact details? 8. Who is this and what did I … More 10 Things A Surgeon Can’t Say Out Loud
When erythrocytes are spilled Many a surgeon would go “S%$IT!” But not the Mighty Vascular Surgeon Who smiles and says “Come on!” Since young he dreams of balloons Till old he plays with balloons Poke, poke here, and pump, pump there Let’s get those vessels flowing with flair With a cheeky smile, and a twisted … More An Ode to the Mighty Bloody Surgeons
I’ve been asked many times why I chose the path of surgery. The esoteric, philosophical, mightier-than-thou answer would be “Well, I didn’t choose surgery. Surgery CHOSE me.” Somehow the conversation falls flat after I say things like that. So for practical reasons people can understand, here are some reasons why: 1. No traffic jams. Yes. … More 7 Reasons Why You Should be a Surgeon
Surgery should be built on a bedrock of duty and discipline. Otherwise one will not enjoy the delight it offers. As a trainee surgeon, doing long hours in the hospital is a necessary evil I wil have to endure. There has been many a times when I’ve not been able to reach home at night, … More Duty, Discipline and Delight