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Subspecialties Retina

How to Approach Surgery in Your Early Career

At a Glance

  • You are not done with learning after you’ve made it past fellowship
  • The patients you operate on now will be the patients you see for years to come – every retina examination will be a reminder of how that surgery went.
  • You need to be mindful of your limitations and biases – and always work to improve yourself as a surgeon
  • Here, we share what we’ve learned from our experiences as early surgeons

The beginning of your post-fellowship career is fraught with multiple perilous transitions. Perhaps the most daunting is assuming the role of primary surgeon. The first three-to-five years after training can be thought of as a second fellowship where you will: hone your skills as a surgeon and improve your efficiency, determine what approaches work best for you, and define your threshold to operate for different conditions. The patients you operate on now will be seeing you for years to come – you want to make sure to put yourself in the best position for success, as you will be reminded of that surgical effort every time you examine that retina.

Every young surgeon graduates from training with a unique skill set that was cultivated over years of education. However, it is important to remain mindful of your limitations and biases, while always trying to improve.

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About the Author

Bobeck S. Modjtahedi and Eduardo Uchiyama

Modjtahedi is a vitreoretinal surgeon and Director of the Electrophysiology and Retinal Degeneration service at Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG), Baldwin Park, CA, USA, and also supervises their Eye Monitoring Center tele-ophthalmology program. He was voted #6 on The Ophthalmologist ‘Rising Stars’ Power List 2017. He can be reached by email at BobModj@gmail.com. Eduardo Uchiyama is a uveitis specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon at Retina Group of Florida in Ft Lauderdale, FL. He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Sciences at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, USA. He can be reached by email at uchiyamamd@gmail.com.

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