Although he may not have intended them to be used in regards to surgical residents, Bobby Unser said, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”  At the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED) our diverse membership includes students and residents all the way up to veteran practitioners. When you join IPED you get to benefit from the wealth of experiences of all our members and hear what those who have already walked your path recommend. Here’s how Unser’s words apply to surgical residents:

Preparation: careful and thorough preparation for every surgical case whether complex or commonplace is essential. Three ways to prepare for a surgery are:

  1. Refresh your thinking and draw upon what you learned in college by re-reading about the disease process and anatomy as it pertains to the particular patient you will be operating on. Not only will this bring to mind all the pertinent details and necessary information for performing the surgery but will open up your thoughts as you consider the actual anatomic dissection.
  2. Review the steps for your operative procedure with your attending physician and senior residents before the surgery. This demonstrates preparedness and initiative which will increase the confidence and trust of the attending physicians.
  3. Get to know your patient. Review not only your patient’s medical history and prior surgeries but also his or her social and living environment. A whole person approach provides beneficial health outcomes.

Opportunity: consistently showing above and beyond preparedness will bring new learning scenarios your way. Your prep work will enable you to master procedures more quickly and will show that you are interested in learning all that you can. This will be recognized and you will be introduced to more surgical procedures sooner.

Success: the combined effect of preparedness and opportunity is success. Preparing more and receiving more opportunities will unleash an upward spiral of surgical skill and outcomes helping you to become better and better trained for your podiatric career.

IPED will be with you every step of the way. Through meetings, webinars, blogs, videos and mentoring opportunities we offer podiatric professionals the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their medical work and personal lives. To learn more, contact us at: 978-296-7634.

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