Countries served by Teaching, Training, Lecturing, Live operating
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Sarajevo and Herzegovina
United Stated of America
Teachers and Trainers; a rare and precious breed of surgeons
Teaching and training prepares a surgeon about each and every operation in detail. One comes to know about various options and troubleshooting tips. While operating on courses, a trainer himself learns from the other expert trainers and from the trainees as well. The questions raised during such courses and discussions are invaluable for opening up a surgeon’s mind to the wider world. At times a trainer feels like being in the 6th dimension.
If I were to trust my life in someone’s hands then it will have to be a teacher and a trainer; the higher the level, the safer the surgeon. Split second decisions are required at times and one should be at the cutting edge with latest knowledge, possible options, trouble shooting and providing safe care to the patients.
Professor Amir Nisar believes that the actual surgery in theater constitutes only 20% of the overall work that one need to put in to become a technically good surgeon. 80% learing is outside the theatre prior to the surgery; like learning, attending courses, teaching, training, simulation and box training.
Numbers are important
A surgeon not only needs numbers and high volumes to become proficient and competent, but also high frequency of surgery as well. Working in big volume and specialist centre allows a surgeon to achieve this especially in NHS, United Kingdom. 10 operations performed in 1 month will be more beneficial to a surgeon, than performing the same numbers over 6 months.
While preparing for teaching on courses and meetings, the interactive discussions and learning from other experts multiplies the experience manifold
January 15th 2009 Airbus flight with 155 people on board too off from New York Airport. Just five minutes into the flight it struck a flock of Canadian geese and lost all engine power. There were no options of turning around to get to the airport.
Pilot Captain Sully (Chesley Sullenberger) took a bold decision to glide over the populated area and land the plane in river Hudson. The rest is history. All passengers survived.
The landing was described by NTSB (National transportation safety board) as “the most successful ditching in aviation history”. It became known as the “Miracle on the Hudson”. Tom Hanks’ Hollywood movie Sully is based on this real-life drama.
One may ask how did Captain Sully pulled it off; the answer is simple; he is a teacher and trainer as well.
Such situations are “once in life time.” This was his first encounter with such a dangerous and unexpected situation. While other pilots may have tried to seek advice and think about their options in such a complex situation; with many lives are risk. Captain Sully only had to take a decision and then implement it in the fraction of a second with all the in-depth knowledge that was ingrained in his brain with several years of preparations, teachings, discussions and practice over the years as a teacher and trainer. “Miracle on Hudson” happened due to the individual’s practice as a teacher and trainer in his field. You make your own luck the more you practice the luckier you get.