Monday, May 24, 2010

After Reading Chapters 18,19,20 & 21

1.) At the private hospital on Long Island, the attending surgeons Loudon, Grove and Steele each had different “styles” of teaching young residents the art of surgical technique. What “style” did each have? Whose style do you think was most effective? Why?

2.) Dr. Nolen describes various medical errors that are made by surgeons as they learn their craft. Choose one example, describe it and then discuss who is ultimately responsible – the hospital, the Chief Resident, the Attending Surgeon, the Intern?

Monday, May 17, 2010

After Reading Chapters 16 & 17


This one's a bit tough - Dr. Nolen describes treating terminally ill patients and that "a surgeon is reluctant to 'pull the plug'? As recently as 2005 with the "Terry Schiavo" case, how to address the dying is something most of us are reluctant to deal with. If you were the attending surgeon would you be comfortable "playing God"? If you were a family member of a terminally ill patient, what would you do?

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

After Reading Chapters 13, 14 & 15

At the private hospital on Long Island, the attending surgeons Loudon, Grove and Steele each had different “styles” of teaching young residents the art of surgical technique. What “style” did each have? Whose style do you think was most effective? Why?