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Perspectives of Retirement

By Richard S. Smith, MD I would like to add my perspectives on my recent retirement to this edition of ASSH Perspectives.  In February, 2021, I retired after over 30 years of practice.  This was a planned event centered around my youngest daughter’s graduation from medical school in June, 2020, and the expiration of my […]

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It’s Time to Do Better

By Helen G. Hui-Chou, MD, FACS “Does your family own a restaurant?”  “Nope,” but being one of a very few Asian families in growing up in York, Pennsylvania, that is the assumption. But is that just the ignorance of teenagers? This was 1991. “Are you married to an Officer?”  “Nope, I am the Naval Officer, a Lieutenant […]

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The Importance of DEI

By Andre D. Ivy, MD What do you see when asked to imagine a “hand surgeon”? What image is conjured? For me, the faces of the abundantly selfless and amazing surgeons who educated me populate my mind. I would be lying if I said that I immediately saw myself, a black male from Cleveland, as […]

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Continued Mentorship

By Simon MacLean, MBChB, FRCS(Tr&Orth), PGDipCE As hand surgeons, we’re always looking to improve results for our patients. Surgery is an art and pushes us as individuals. Success as a surgeon relies not just on technical expertise but also creative thought; problem-solving, generation of ideas, and a multitude of interpersonal and self-analytical skills. Success as […]

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Willingness to Adapt

By Peter Casey, MD As hand and upper extremity surgeons, we spend countless hours of our lives trying to perfect our craft in order to provide our patients with the best care possible. During this training it is easy to focus solely on our careers and overlook our roles outside of the workplace. Over the […]

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Everyone Needs a Hand

By Jacqueline S. Israel, MD One of the greatest personal lessons I learned during surgical training is the importance of a support system. While many affirmations ring true for me and are certainly important words to remember – e.g., “Be patient with yourself” – I am humbled every day by the power of accepting support. […]

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Teamwork and the Outdoors

By Kevin F. Lutsky, MD Advice for raising a family amidst a career in hand surgery? I thought this would be an interesting topic and I was curious what advice others would give. So, I’m not sure that I’m qualified to give this advice (I was hoping to get it from others!) but as a parent […]

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Balancing Work and Family During COVID-19

By William F. Pientka II, MD The COVID-19 crisis has certainly caused fear, stress, strain, fatigue, and frustration for all of us. Our professional responsibilities as hand surgeons have called for unexpected responsibilities, odd hours, new telehealth technologies and processes, and uncertainty most of us have not before experienced. These stressors have inspired some to leave the […]

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Raising a Family

By Owolabi Shonuga, MD The classic depiction of a surgeon may vary slightly based on era. However, certain descriptions remain constant. This is someone who may be described as precise, detail-oriented, methodical, and sometimes dogmatic. Hand surgeons, perhaps more than other subspecialists, lend themselves fully to these descriptions. In fact, we wear it as a […]

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