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Instruction to Facilitation

15 September 2020

One of the major stimuli to the change in the safety culture in the airline industry was brought about by a shift for instruction of pilots on how to fly planes to facilitating them to fly them better.  Instruction is didactic – the art of instructing or teaching is a blended form of direction, command, and instruction: ‘Do not do it like that but …

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You are 15 minutes away from your own trainer profile on ISCP

27 August 2020

Why Bother? The surgical training landscape is changing, with much talk of professionalising training and trainers, which will mean that being an enthusiastic amateur will no longer be enough.  On top of that, surgical trainee numbers are dropping, which will mean that fewer trainers are needed.  Those with the privilege of a training role must be …

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Guru-Shishya or Guru-Chela: The Trainer-Trainee Relationship

5 August 2020

The Guru – Shishya denotes the tradition and successions (parampara – or lineage) of trainer-trainee in Eastern cultures, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism.  This relationship is extolled in Sanskrit teachings.  The Guru denotes the teacher, the source of knowledge and instruction and the Shishya – or Chela the disciple or pupil.  Knowledge and instr…

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Training to Serve – the antidote to the COVID conundrum and the service vs training paradigm

14 July 2020

The COVID crisis has removed elective surgery lists and the projected number of people that will be on a waiting list for surgery by the end of the year will approximate to ten million people.  The training authorities are cognisant of the impact that this has had on training. Indeed, the RCSEd webinar on Monday 29 June acknowledged and highlighted…

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How to Train Surgical Trainees in Digital and Telemedicine During Social Distancing

7 July 2020

Since its discovery in December 2019, COVID-19 has changed the way we live and work. In the UK we are living with social distancing of 2 metres, with a slow release of lockdown measures. When social distancing is not possible we should be wearing masks to protect each other. Elective surgery is going to be slow to move to pre-COVID capacity, and cl…

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