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It’s Not an Exact Science

By Maurizio Calcagni, MD To lead a team successfully is not an easy task, and despite the numerous manuals and courses, it remains very complicated and up to the individual. Moreover, in the last two years, new challenges arose with COVID-related additional work, home-office, reduced access to in-person training and, maybe the most important, less […]

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Great Leaders Are Everywhere

By Kenneth W. Donohue, MD Leadership comes in many forms. It is a quality that we look for in people applying to our residencies and fellowships, and is prerequisite to advancement within our institutions and professional societies. Although the concept of leadership is obvious, defining what makes a great leader is more difficult. I have […]

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Menopausal and Postmenopausal Hand Syndrome

By Yuichi Hirase, MD Hand disorders are common symptoms in menopausal and postmenopausal women. They are carpal tunnel syndrome, de Quervain’s disease and stenosing tenosynovitis, during their lactation and menopausal periods. Women in these periods typically have low blood estrogen levels. In addition, many postmenopausal females experience osteoarthritis in their hands and fingers in such […]

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Flexibility and Adaptability

By Timothy R. Judkins, MD How do I lead? These days most of my leadership roles come in the operating room or when coaching youth sports. In both, my leadership style depends on the team and environment. Most times it makes sense to take a laidback approach, letting my attitude and actions serve as a guidebook for the […]

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Like It or Not, We Are All Leaders

By James S. Lin, MD Leadership can be thrust upon you. In 2016 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, a suicide bomber detonated near the starting line of a Veteran’s Day 5K fun run. At the time, a now-faculty member in my orthopaedic surgery department was part of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) deployed in […]

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No One Leads Alone

By Luis Guilherme Rosifini Alves Rezende, MD Leading is a very challenging task in the current scenario. As the youngest and youngest member of our team, Leadership becomes an arduous daily journey. Several factors can become essential obstacles, such as the age difference between me (Staff) and Fellow, where the hierarchical sequence and respect can […]

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Leadership Philosophy

By Emily H. Shin, MD At the beginning of my career, I wrote my “Leadership Philosophy” as part of my requisite Army leadership training. I wrote: “Great leadership starts introspectively. Developing and nurturing respect for oneself and encouraging others to do the same is fundamental to creating a cohesive, productive unit…This includes having confidence that […]

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Servant Leadership

By Brian Sullivan, MD How do I lead? At first glance this is a challenging question for me, a fourth-year orthopaedic surgery resident, to answer. I feel as though I am just beginning my journey as a leader and have my entire career to continue growing. I am happy to share my initial thoughts and […]

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Being a Memorable Leader

By Krystle R. Tuaño, MD “The three most important ways to lead people are: by example… by example… by example… ”– Albert Schweitzer Obviously, right? It’s year eight in your continuum of post-doctorate training and you’re juggling an eighty-hour work week, the consults are piling up at three different campuses, your floor patients are all […]

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Leadership Requires Preparation

By Marc E. Walker, MD, MBA When asked to write this piece, I spent a considerable amount of time trying to identify circumstances and common threads when I have either been called to lead or have volunteered for it.  Reflecting on several such situations, I found that leadership for me is more a strategy than […]

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