I recently read a quote from Judy Melinek, a renowned physician and writer. She said: “What I love about surgery is its immediacy – the fact that somebody can come in acutely ill and you can fix them. […] What I don’t like is the hours. I cannot work that many hours – and I don’t believe surgical training programs need to abuse the residents the way they do. There are ways of teaching surgery that don’t require so many hours of work or create so much mental and physical exhaustion.

The current approach breeds a type of person who either shirks their duty to survive or is somehow able to function with very little sleep – potentially at the expense of patient care judgment. […] I don’t think that’s healthy for surgical residents – or for the patients – or for medicine as a whole.” What is your view on this? Let me know on edit@theophthalmologist.com. Until next time, Aleksandra Jones, Editor

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