Author Archives: OnSurg

#ILookLikeASurgeon: We can do it!!!

By: Paula Ferrada, MD, FACS @paulaferrada1
I truly believe the change in culture in surgery and in medicine needs to reach deeper, recognizing our humanity as a strength and not a weakness. Being human and complete is what makes us good doctors …

The Hardest Part

Watching the #ILookLikeASurgeon Twitter campaign has been a joy. I’ve long felt the old boys’ surgeon culture needed some shaking up.  (Facilitating cultural change was one of my goals in creating OnSurg.) May our new workplace culture recognize this: surgical …

As if this Patient were Your Family

Q:  What if this were your brother?
A:  Depends on which brother.

“Treat your patients as you would your own loved ones,” is advice taught throughout training in health care.

Great advice.  I use it constantly.  Mr Davis is dying of multiple organ failure in …

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Is There an “I” in Ebola Team?

Yesterday I was injecting anesthetic into a boil for incision and drainage. The abscess swelled and returned an arcing spray of lidocaine laden with blood and pus, soaking the thigh of my cotton scrub pants. A cheap plastic gown would …