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Gray-Haired Consult

Don’t get me wrong.  I have a smart watch, an iPhone and an iPad, and my emails, photos and passwords are all synced.  I have more digital textbooks than I could ever read and I’m a regular Hand-e visitor.  But despite having even more technology at my fingertips, my first two years in practice have imparted a profound appreciation for…
Career Path

Mobility in Medicine

It is estimated that an orthopaedic surgeon will change his or her job approximately 2-3 times during the span of their career, which seems relatively infrequent in comparison to other professions.  It has been quoted that 54% of physicians change their jobs within the initial 2 to 5 years of practice.  This would imply, that after the first job change,…
Emergency Care

Hand Surgeon on Call

Hand microvascular trauma call is uncomfortable.  To awaken at 1:23 am, treat hand-saw injuries until 5:08 pm, and then freshen up to start the elective hand practice at 7 am is not easy.  It’s particularly difficult when the load of trauma call falls on few.  In the typical life of a surgeon who takes call and cares for upper-extremity trauma,…
Diversity

Mindbugs In Medicine

There is a concept proposed in a book I recently read of the “mindbug,” which the authors define as “ingrained habits of thought that lead to errors in how we perceive, remember and make decisions” (Banaji, M; Greenwald, Anthony. Blindspot.  New York, Random House, 2013).   Through a series of tests that time the subject’s ability to associate different words to…
Diversity

The Power of Team Science

Science, particularly in medicine and surgery, is increasingly a team sport. In fact, both public and private funding agencies have established explicit funding avenues to promote individuals to work together across disciplines to move forward the research questions most pressing to our healthcare system. The Science of Team Science (SciTS) has now evolved as a unique discipline centered on defining…