“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.” ~Carlos Castaneda

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Stepping to the plate ....

“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
~Maria Robin


It is Spring. It is the time for flowers, yard work, and baseball. I was watching the Cardinals the other day, and I got a great idea. Wouldn't it be awesome if surgeons came into the OR like a player stepping up to the plate to bat?

(Down with the Sickness playing in the background)

ANNOUNCER:

"Coming into room 9, we have Somonect. This year he is operating very well with an infection rate of less than 0.01%. He has only thrown 2 instruments this year with no personnel injuries. His surgery times are steadily improving, only gone over his operative time twice in the last 30 case. Today, his is handicapped by a first year orthopaedic resident, a new scrub tech, and a circulator that "doesn't usually do orthopaedics." In these situations, he averages 15 minutes over his scheduled time, no thrown instruments, and 4 curse words."

How would you step to the plate?


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
~Howard Thurman

5 comments:

Justin said...

I have followed your blog for a few months after being introduced to it from one of your "handicaps" (though he is a more senior resident). I greatly appreciate your open mind and creativity. It is a lot of fun.

I attempted to e-mail you with out success in attempts to see if you would take on the challenge of having a fourth year med student do a peds ortho rotation with you as I am attempting to obtain Des Peres ortho residency spot next year. As a non-SLU student it is not been an easy rotation to set up, but I am hopeful.

I have heard wonderful things from residents and have enjoyed your blogging.

cstew said...

if I were a doctor already:

(music: REO Speedwagon, Riding the Storm Out--the live version)

...couldn't even begin to invent the rest...

That said, I've heard that Someonetc can't handle the high, hard stuff. I'd start him off with a high-and-tight fastball, then some offspeed stuff away (assuming our situations were reversed)

cstew said...

oh and...Go Tigers!

Taylor's Dad said...

Of course, I would enter to my specialty's universal theme song - "Pink" by Aerosmith. You can imagine the rest.

Someonetc said...

Justin: you can email me at someonect@gmail.com

cstew: bring the high heat, but if you hit me, i'm charging the plate :). go cards

Taylor's dad: what about "cazy" you cna choose your artist :)