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Tag: collaboration

Invaluable Surgeon-Surgeon Advice

By Sonia Chaudhry, MD, FAAOS We have all had the experience of asking a colleague about a difficult case and receiving prompt advice. Most often we get technical pearls, but just as importantly, one can point out differential diagnoses to consider, crucial diagnostic workups, equipment to have available, or postoperative considerations, to name a few. If […]

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Phone a Friend – From a Different Subspecialty

By Fred O’Brien, MD In the Covid era, there has been no shortage of challenges in hand surgery, at the individual practice level and as a field. As an active duty member of the military, I work in an Army hospital. While we have all faced variants of the same practice problems recently, there have been […]

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Hand Essay: Partners in Crime

By Richard A. Brown, MD Covid 19 has brought into clear focus so many issues of importance. The pandemic has forced each of us to recalibrate and reprioritize. What is it that I miss? Relationships. To me Zoom is, at best, a poor substitute for face-to-face human interaction. There is so much to be learned and enjoyed from each other. […]

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Giving a Hand

By Simon G. Talbot, MD Undoubtedly, this has been a very challenging week for many of us. Next week may be significantly worse. And as I think about my fellow hand surgeons around the US and the rest of the world, it is clear that we are all going to witness hardship and tragedy. It […]

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Patient Safety Scenario #19: Know Your Team

This essay is the 19th installment of the monthly Patient Safety essays, produced by the Patient Safety Subcommittee of the Ethics and Professionalism Committee. The essays are written in the spirit of the aviation industry’s “Black Box Thinking”: in order to inform and improve our medical safety record, we need to analyze our errors. To read […]

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A Global Community

By Henrique De Barros Pinto Netto, MD When our ancestors started standing upright, it was no longer necessary for the hands to act as support mechanisms, and so they began performing other tasks such as communicating and aiding the performance of functional necessities. This resulted in a greater concentration of nerves and muscles in the […]

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Unrivaled Collaboration

By Scott N. Oishi, MD I believe that the hand surgery specialty is unique as it comprises surgeons from varied specialties including general surgery, orthopaedic surgery, and plastic surgery. Although we have all completed hand surgery fellowships, our differences in basic prerequisite training has allowed collaboration amongst ourselves that has led to major advances in the […]

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The Benefit of Teaching

By Charles A. Goldfarb, MD I am fortunate to practice in a large academic center, Washington University School of Medicine. While some may believe that academic medicine — with its expectations for full time clinical care plus research and teaching — leads to increased stress and a higher risk of burnout, I have been supported […]

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Navigating The Ocean Of Information

By Sebastian von Unger, MD Being born in the early 70’s, my relationship with technology was one of awe and caution. I saw and lived the rapid development of technology, readily available information and on-demand communication. But my training was different, mostly through classic books and months old journals. Therefore, I’ve learned to appreciate the […]

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