Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons: a reflection on the training experience

  • R G Venter Stellenbosch University
Keywords Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons


I’m a newly qualified orthopaedic surgeon. It was the hardest thing I have ever done.

This essay is a reflection on the things I learnt doing it.

I could say that I ‘burnt out’ during my surgical training. But that expression has been used to describe such a range of symptoms, from someone merely feeling depressed, to being the cause of a colleague’s suicide, that it has lost most of its meaning. 

In May 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) clarified the term, and it has its own ICD-11 code now: ‘QD85’. It’s not a disorder as such, but one of the ‘factors influencing health status or contact with health services’, specifically related to one’s work environment.1

Author Biography

R G Venter, Stellenbosch University

MBChB(Stell), MMed Orth (Stell), FC Orth (SA), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

How to Cite
VENTER, R G. Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons: a reflection on the training experience. South African Orthopaedic Journal, [S.l.], p. 12-13, sep. 2019. ISSN 2309-8309. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 14 dec. 2019.
South African Orthopaedic Association

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