The spring of 2020 has brought forth unprecedented changes in the way we both live and work. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives and for most of us, upended our daily workflow. As a clinically busy endocrine surgeon with an academic focus on global surgery, all aspects of my work have been affected. […]
No One Tells You…
“Let me tell you what I wish I’d known, when I was young and dreamed of glory…you have no control who lives, who dies, who tells your story,” George Washington warns a young, scrappy, and hungry Alexander Hamilton near the end of Act One of “Hamilton.” Having just seen the musical for the third time […]
What if We Were Friends?
Upon returning from my frequent short-term surgical mission experiences, I am commonly asked, “How was your trip??” A frequent response is usually…”It was overwhelming….” A sentiment used to describe the feelings of encountering hundreds of patients, some in the most desperate situations imaginable, some so far beyond help by basic medical care that it breaks […]
Enthusiasm is Contagious
In the past week, I have attended a surgery department-sponsored mixer for first and second year medical students interested in surgery and have had brunch with an undergraduate pre-medical student. Both of these events featured young, eager individuals who were seeking advice, and sometimes reassurance, about their intended career paths. In conversation with these bright […]