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Category: April 2021

For March and April, we asked our members what they are capable of today that they were not capable of 5 years ago. While the pandemic certainly governs recent memory, our contributors speak about improvements in their work-life balance, technical aptitude, patient education, and more.

Mentorship

By Omri Ayalon, MD Repetition and focus leads to greater comfort, and generally, better results. In reflecting on the first 5 years of my practice, this is true of the surgical procedures I perform, my ability to effectively communicate with patients, and my ability to run an efficient practice and manage a team. This was […]

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Positive Changes

By Adam J. Dann, DO When asked the question, “What can I do today that I was not capable of 5 years ago?”, the knee jerk response is that it would have to be something pandemic related. It goes without saying that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed our world and altered the way we complete everyday […]

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Diagnostic and Therapeutic Role of Ultrasound-Guided Infiltration in Peripheral Nerve Compressions

By Cristobal Greene, MD The entrapment of the posterior interosseous nerve and proximal median nerve (Pronator and Lacertus Syndrome) present as a diagnostic challenge, based primarily on medical history and physical examination, as nerve conduction test and imaging studies have not proven to be useful. In recent years, we have added to our diagnostic and treatment algorithm […]

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Three Poems

By Amitava Gupta, MD The pandemic hit me like it has affected everyone else. I have tried to use poetry as a form of relaxation to escape from the stress of constant worry in the days of the pandemic. The first poem highlights the humility and the human frailty of the front-line healthcare worker. People […]

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Pain-Guided Healing

By Donald H. Lalonde, MD I am much better at patient education during WALANT carpal tunnel release than I used to be. Patients love the intraoperative advice from their surgeon. Post-op complications or complaints decrease. I tell them that if they follow the rules, they will be doing most things by 2 weeks except for […]

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Step 1: Find Your Patients

By Scott N. Loewenstein, MD A little over 5 years ago, I started my intern year rotating on the vascular service at the VA hospital. I showed up at 5 a.m. to learn that the rest of the team was working on an overnight ruptured aorta call case at another hospital, so I was left alone […]

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How My Professional Life Has Changed

By Antonia Russomando, MD I thought a lot about this topic.  It’s not easy to talk about all things that a surgeon can learn in this amount of time. I think that, like every surgeon who loves his job, one of my main issues was to get new skills and to improve my technical attitude. […]

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The Beauty of Hand Surgery and My Improvements

By Jung-Pan Wang, MD, PhD Hand surgery is an amazing art, but it has been overlooked. However, as fortunate as I am, my institute, in the Orthopedics Department of Taipei Veterans General Hospital (listed in the top 15 hospitals in the world in 2016, https://gazettereview.com/2016/09/top-hospitals-in-the-world/), has been supporting the development of a robust Orthopedics Department, […]

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Balancing Home and Work

By Theresa O. Wyrick, MD I went to medical school thinking I would do pediatrics or OB/GYN because that was my perception of what women physicians did. I was in my third year of medical school and had just completed both of those clinical rotations and realized neither was my calling. I wanted to do […]

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