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Surgeon Wellness and Resilience

Silence is deadly: The importance of communication in addressing wellness and burnout in surgical residency

Describes how positive modes of communication affect resident wellness and highlights potential barriers for physicians seeking help to overcome burnout and mental illness.

communication with patient

Can communication proficiency mitigate moral distress among surgeons? A case study and call to action

Moral distress and its potential effects on patient care are described using a case study in which an inexperienced resident must deliver difficult news without mentoring from the attending.

Excellence in surgery: Becoming the “best” you can be

Excellence in surgery: Becoming the “best” you can be

The traits of outstanding surgeons are described, as is the role of mentorship and open communication, both of which support achieving excellence in surgery.

Figure 1. 8 Tips for high-quality hand-offs

Are handoff communications a common problem for your OR team?

The factors contributing to handoff communication failures are defined as are practical solutions for curbing handoff miscommunication.

Figure 1. 11 tenets of a safety culture

Leadership is crucial to establishing safety culture, reducing adverse events

Developing a culture of safety begins with incorporating lessons learned from adverse events and near misses in order to prevent future harm.

Dr. Britt

Conversation with Dr. Britt

Dr. Britt, ACS Past-President, shares his views on the state of patient safety in an interview with Dr. Lipshy.

Trust: The keystone of the physician-patient relationship

Trust is the basis for a productive physician-patient according to Dr. Pellegrini, who summarizes his John J. Conley Ethics and Philosophy Lecture presented at Clinical Congress 2016.

Generations of surgeons: Honoring and modernizing tradition

In this introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue, the author describes the importance of striking a balance between traditional surgical training and advances in technology and communication.

Talking through time: Trends in communication and the evolving patient-physician relationship

This article describes the effects of technology on patient-physician interactions and illustrates how patient access to medical information affects clinical decision making.

“Pimping”: Time-honored educational tradition or relic of the past?

Pimping as a common pedagogic technique throughout the history of formal medical education is examined in this article, which also describes the pros and cons of this technique and offers suggestions for effectively engaging in pimping.

Above: Dr. Rodriguez and Mr. Hardison. Below: Mr. Hardison before his injury, after his initial surgery, and after the facial transplant.

Face forward: Transplant surgeon overcomes challenges with teamwork and technology

Dr. Rodriguez and a team of more than 100 health care professionals established new standards of care after completing the most extensive facial transplant to date.

Leading without a title

Strategies for leadership development and physician engagement are summarized in this article, including three key traits of effective leaders: conviction, communication, and collaboration.

High reliability science and surgery: The Joint Commission’s Robust Process Improvement methodology

How surgeons can apply high reliability concepts, such as The Joint Commission’s Robust Process Improvement methodology, is the focus of this month’s column.

Safety culture is a great fit for the OR

To create a culture of safety in the OR, surgeons need to establish a nonthreatening environment that eliminates the traditional hierarchy.

Defining your own success: An introduction

In this introduction to the annual RAS-ACS issue, the author describes five key concepts for defining individual and professional success.

Talking the talk: The keys to effective workplace communication

The role of communication in determining a surgeon’s success is explored in this article, which offers advice for conveying information to surgical team colleagues and patients, and provides advice for negotiating contracts.

Joint Commission Blogs Web page

News for physicians from physicians

Improving communication with physicians, particularly through The Joint Commission’s new blog JC Physician, is the focus of this month’s column.

Improved communication techniques enable residents to provide better care now and in the future

Underscoring the role of effective communication in delivering high-quality patient-centered care, this article describes how certain tools, including checklists and the development of multidisciplinary teams, can be used to improve the dissemination of key information.

Changing the surgical culture, one apple at a time

“In health care, the culture of intimidation is often perpetuated down the chain, as that same intimidated individual turns around and bullies a resident or medical student,” observes the author of this month’s column. Although the surgical profession has begun to address disruptive behavior over the past decade, there is still a demonstrated need for continued improvement at medical institutions throughout the country.

Leadership Skills in the OR, Part I: Communication helps surgeons avoid pitfalls

Although most surgeons recognize good leaders and appreciate the importance of leadership, knowing how to develop leadership skills may be less clear.


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