test9 copy It's time to celebrate diversity in surgery with the #ILookLikeASurgeon hashtag. Inspired by surgery resident Heather Logghe, who says it best: "As women surgeons, whether we are in our first year of training or an emeritus professor, it's most important that we ourselves believe we 'look' like surgeons. Because we do." And it's taken off. Below is a continuously-updated Storify of this movement. Spread ...

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shutterstock_110533634 Imagine the scene: You’re in your busy office on a typical day when a letter arrives -- a letter of intent. A patient is suing you for malpractice. From the moment you receive that letter, everything changes. The malpractice claim begins to affect all aspects of your life. You don’t sleep well. You don’t interact well with family members, friends, or colleagues. You ...

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shutterstock_169451723 Dr. Google wants you to think he is your best friend. He is there for you day and night, no waiting rooms or office hours needed. He promises answers, and he gives them now. No testing, no lab draws. Dr. Google provides diagnoses after a few clicks on a keyboard and delivers the news in minutes, if not seconds. Dr. Google will ...

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shutterstock_153221729 “Patient experience. I’d like you to take over the initiative,” he said. I looked to my left and right. Sh*t. He’s talking to me. For a moment, I had an overwhelming sense of insecurity. Give me operations. Give me finance. Give me quality. Give me strategy. But don’t give me patient satisfaction. That’s not me. I’m not light and fluffy. I’m not mushy-gushy. Nor ...

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shutterstock_204483163 One of my favorite books of late has been Confessions by St. Augustine. It is a very honest book that talks about the development of the faith of a young man who struggled to accept the faith that he was raised in. Throughout the book, one can sense the inner turmoil he felt at times trying to reconcile his faith with the ...

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shutterstock_69679648 "There's no crying in baseball!" Over the years, my fellow surgery residents and I heard these words shouted countless times by Dr. Norris, a cantankerous elderly surgeon with whom we had the dubious pleasure of working. Dr. Norris was a former Navy ship surgeon. He didn't operate much anymore, but he fondly remembered the "good old days" when trainees spent days on end in ...

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shutterstock_260657870 What does a millennial physician look like? And, importantly for physicians’ groups, hospitals, and health systems, how do you effectively recruit them to come work for you when they are in such high demand? Much has been written about this generation of overeducated and underemployed young people -- all full of entitlement and purpose -- who have been transforming values and expectations in ...

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shutterstock_208716340 I have been an emergency physician for 12 years.  I have had the opportunity to learn from and try to emulate an impressive number of amazing clinical physicians.  These doctors seemed god-like at first, but as my training and career progressed, I realized that they were mostly teaching me through their own experiences. One of my favorite teachers had a humbling saying:  “Good ...

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shutterstock_125996114 As kids growing up in the Midwestern United States, my friends and I loved baseball.  We spent many hours each summer day playing the game, and when we weren’t out on the sandlot, we were reciting the stats of top players, arguing the merits of our favorite teams, and trading baseball cards.  Baseball is more than America’s pastime.  It is a sport ...

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shutterstock_144352681 Recently I met a boy, a boy with leukemia, a young boy with comic-book worthy superpowers. This boy, this superhero, is one I will never, never forget. When I entered the exam room, I was immediately struck by the sight of a young boy who should have been playing football with his friends at the park or jumping off the high-dive at the pool, but instead ...

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