Practical Keys To Improving Fluency In Foot And Ankle Surgery

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By Luke D. Cicchinelli, DPM, FACFAS

Final Notes

Lesson 10: Be humble. We all periodically slip into thinking we are wonderful and have it all figured out. We are not and we do not. We will have complications and make some mistakes. We are all prone to human error. You can be chief of your section at the community hospital and not be allowed in the main OR at the university teaching hospital unless you have an acute abdomen and are the patient.
   Practical exercise: Keep your pride under wraps and check the ego at the door. Absolutely maximize your own potential but never take yourself too seriously. We are all replaceable. Michelangelo died in February 1564 in Italy. Shakespeare was born two months later in England.
   Translation to doctor: “There is no package smaller than a man wrapped up in himself.” We are all just passing through.

Dr. Cicchinelli is a faculty member of the Podiatry Institute. He is teaching and lecturing in Vigo, Spain to help develop Spanish surgeons. He will join East Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists in Mesa, Ariz. this fall.

Dr. Burks is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, and is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. He is in private practice in Little Rock, Ark.

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