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Listening

14 April 2020

A surgical trainee saw a new patient and told me about a woman who was fit for surgery and had good targets. We returned to the consultation room together and I asked ‘What is troubling you at present?’ It was sad to hear this seventy-six-year-old lady presenting for coronary artery bypass surgery telling us that her husband has dementia and regula…

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Embracing the Change

1 April 2020

When I was asked to write a short blog and reflection by the Director of The Faculty of Surgical Trainers I spent some time considering how I might try and convey some positivity in regards to surgical training during the current COVID-19 crisis.  As with other areas of medicine and surgery that deal with the airway and respiratory system, we know …

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Touching Lives

24 March 2020

I reached out to a couple of trainees today as they are on the front line and stepping up to meet the challenges COVID-19 presents – one is due to become a father in the next month or so and he is worried about his wife, her pregnancy and their child. His family live in Iran where, allegedly, a COVID-19 related death is occurring every ten minutes.…

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My Best Trainer and Training Moments

23 March 2020

I initiated and have had the privilege of running the Silver Scalpel Award to recognise the best surgical trainers in the UK for 17 years. I am humbled by the qualities of the best surgical trainers that have been nominated the trainees. This feeling is echoed in the feedback from Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of the NHS who has b…

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