Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons: a reflection on the training experience

  • R G Venter Stellenbosch University
Keywords Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons

Abstract

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

Published
2019-09-23
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: <http://journal.saoa.org.za/index.php/saoj/article/view/351>. Date accessed: 14 dec. 2019.
Section
South African Orthopaedic Association

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