How to Approach Surgery in Your Early Career
Ten tips for being a better retina surgeon, after you’ve completed your fellowship
Bobeck S. Modjtahedi and Eduardo Uchiyama |
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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