This is one of the most important videos that I have ever made. If you only watch one of my videos a year, it should be this video.
Surgery is difficult, challenging, and unforgiving. Surgery is tough to learn, and developing great skills and judgment takes many years and a lot of effort. We have previously shown the learning curves and different paths of surgical learning, and now it is time to address our personal attitudes. We all need to be receptive to constructive criticism which can help us improve our surgical skills. There is no perfect surgeon and every one of us can be better in the future.
For all surgeons, but particularly for beginning surgeons, you need to be your own toughest critic. Be tough on yourself. Hold yourself to a higher standard. Don’t seek empty praise and sugar-coated comments from your senior colleagues, attending surgeons, and professors. Rather, you want to seek true constructive criticism so that you can become better than you are today. You goal is be the best version of you. And you can do it, as long as you have the right attitude.
click below to understand this important lesson for your surgical career: