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Attributes of the Trainee Mirrored by the Trainer

9 December 2020

My thoughts on attributes have been stimulated by Rich Diviney, who is a retired Navy SEAL commander and the author of the book “The Attributes: 25 Hidden Drivers of Optimal Performance.” He explained in a recent webinar, held by Chapman & Co Leadership, that of almost two hundred entrants onto a Navy SEAL programme, usually only about forty, g…

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What is in a word? – ‘For’ or ‘With’

17 November 2020

The culture of training is ingrained at every level.  I often hear trainees describe that they work ‘FOR’ a consultant.  This to me implies a degree of subordination and a level of command control.  I reflect that we had to follow the consultant on the ward rounds. He never went anywhere without his entourage and indeed he told me never to go to an…

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The Value Chain and Education

30 September 2020

I established the Silver Scalpel Award in 1999 as ASiT President as I believed that you could have the most innovative training program you like but it will go nowhere without a good teacher.  I still believe that today and am delighted and privileged to be the Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinbur…

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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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