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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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‘Zoombies’ - The Webinar Wilderness is Eroding CPD and Undermining SPA

30 June 2020

The profession must be applauded for taking all communications and meetings online.  We have adapted to the COVID crisis in a remarkably short period of time. .An ‘IT’ step for man and a giga step for mankind.  Remarkably, it does feel as though we have always done IT this way because it feels so natural – but is it? Screen fatigue is real – notwit…

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Wipe That Smile From Your Face

17 June 2020

The NHS has announced that from the 15 June that all staff in hospitals must wear a mask.  The common euphemism is Service with a smile – I believe the operative word in the title National Health Service is the word service.  We are here to serve.  Service industries service depend on the quality of the service they provide – if they do not deliver…

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