Category: professionalism


Nobody Comes to Work to Do a Bad Job…

30 Apr 2014

by Mary Brandt, MD“She’s really impossible… one of the grumpiest people I’ve ever met. We’ve had nurses come back from escorting patients to her almost in tears… if I worked with her, I...


Compassion: Lessons from Roshi Joan Halifax

22 Apr 2014

by Mary Brandt, MD It’s not often that a talk completely changes the way I think about something. I’ve been thinking and speaking about compassion fatigue for many years. I recently had the priv...


A bit of kindness

17 Apr 2014

by Amalia Cochran, MDThe following is an excerpt from an email I recently received from a mentee: “I love, love, love surgery, but even as someone who has thrived in this environment, I now acknowle...


Why I Started Tweeting and Blogging

05 Mar 2014

by Sophia K. McKinley For years, I limited my participation in social media: my tendency is to untag all photos of myself on Facebook, and as recently as six months ago I had never visited



29 Jan 2014

by Erin W. Gilbert, MD “Your job gives you authority. Your behavior gives you respect.” —Irwin Federman, general partner at U.S. Venture PartnersThroughout my surgical training I blindly a...


Creating your own academic timeline

09 Jan 2014

by Christina Cellini, MD, FACS, FASCRS This topic came to me during a grand rounds given by a well-known surgeon in his mid-career - henceforth will be referred to as “WKS”. I had just returned f...


Family Life

16 Dec 2013

by Jennifer Knight, MD, FACSI picked this topic because for me, Family Life is a work in progress and sometimes putting thought into something you are working on often allows for enlightenment. As a s...


There’s Something In the Water

25 Nov 2013

by AWS writer, Denise HarriganOften-invisible but highly influential, second-generation gender bias often impedes women’s ascent to top levels of leadership. The Harvard Business Review intends to e...