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March 23, 2006
December 13, 2005
I am pleased to provide my reflections on what is now forty years of practicing cardiothoracic surgery.
December 6, 2005
At the dawn of your medical career and the twilight of mine, I feel obliged to reflect upon the unusual privileges that society accords to our very special profession.
July 25, 2005
I stood about six feet from the radiant warming bed, behind the nurses and residents who were crowded around, each playing a role in the drama reenacted from time to time in this intensive care unit. They were resuscitating a neonate in cardiopulmonary arrest.
July 8, 2005
Thoracic Surgery is changing rapidly and will not be what it once was ever again, but it remains a vibrant field with many challenges and one where the ability to change lives and hold a position of respect within ones community and peers has never been greater.
June 7, 2005
I rarely sit down and reflect on the joys and value that a career in cardiothoracic surgery brings to my life. I seem instead to be thinking about what I’m doing.
February 23, 2005
The vast majority of medical students love their surgical rotation because they get to see inside the magical world of a living body. They finally get to walk through forbidding doors that are labelled with signs that read “Surgical Personnel Only” or “Do Not Enter – Restricted Area.”
January 11, 2005
I have been asked to write an “Opinion Piece” for this section of CTSNet especially addressing my thoughts and philosophy regarding a career in cardiothoracic surgery. After cogitating over this assignment for some time, I felt that I could not improve over the thoughts that I put forth in a letter to my son as he was embarking upon a career in medicine at The Royal College of Surgeons.
October 11, 2004
When a student completes medical school and reflects on his or her future, that student must make a critical decision about whether to pursue a career as a primary care physician or a specialist.
August 27, 2004
In 1995 Hal Urschel, MD, past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, served as the Schuster Visiting Professor at The Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. During that visit he delivered Surgical Grand Rounds, and his address was entitled "Let's Bring the Magic Back". His remarks were insightful and stimulating, and they are pertinent to many of the issues facing the profession of Cardiothoracic Surgery today. We are pleased to reproduce them on CTSNet.