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Decisions Before Incisions

31 March 2021

“Walpole has no intellect. A mere surgeon. A wonderful operator but, after all, what is operating? . . . . Manual labour.” ― George Bernard Shaw, The Doctor's Dilemma I am prompted to write this blog following the Faculty of Surgical Trainers webinar on 19th January 2021 – ‘What makes a good trainer? – the trainee view’. We were exploring the trai…

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Inspire

16 March 2021

One of my favourite speakers was Sir Ken Robinson. This YouTube video of his TED talk especially resonated – ‘How to escape education’s death valley’. He talks about the USA’s No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. He asserts that we have an education system that seeks conformity not diversity. I reflect on Sir Ken’s presentation and the lambasting he …

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Lifting the trophy!

3 March 2021

The Scottish rugby union team need to be congratulated on winning the Calcutta Cup. The team entered the stadium with purpose and were clearly on a mission. To me, the most inspiring moment of the whole day was the captain, Stuart Hogg, standing back to allow the debutantes to lift the cup. That was the very definition of servant leadership and res…

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Enhancing Trainer Skills

24 February 2021

Intro by David O’Regan I invited Trevor to write a blog about the airline industry. Aviation, safety, human factors and crew resource management have taken centre stage in health care. My discussions with Trevor unveiled a dimension that I do not believe has been considered or given enough airtime – no pun intended. Trevor attributes the culture c…

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Altruism – U before I

19 February 2021

I noted this title in a social media blog.  It made me think about surgery, teams, patients, and our trainees. How does our profession behave?    Some years, ago when studying for my MBA in Human Resource Management, the tutor described medical meetings as ‘witnessing a pack of dogs going round sniffing each other!’ This is referring to the fact t…

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