On how to become the best surgeon in the world

The realm of surgical practice is intricate and demanding, requiring an amalgamation of technical skill, deep knowledge, and keen judgment. Among the various measures of a surgeon’s prowess, the ability to minimize postoperative complications stands paramount.

This essay explores why the minimization of complications is not just a desirable outcome but a fundamental attribute that distinguishes the best surgeons in the world.

Defining surgical excellence

Surgical excellence transcends mere technical skill. It encompasses a holistic approach towards patient care, where the surgeon’s priority is not only the success of the procedure but also the overall well-being of the patient. This involves pre-operative planning, intra-operative decision-making, and post-operative care.

The role of continuous learning and adaptation in a surgeon’s career. The best surgeons are those who stay abreast of the latest techniques and technologies, always seeking to improve their methods.

The impact of complications on patient outcomes

Complications can range from minor issues, causing discomfort or extended hospital stays, to major problems that can lead to long-term health issues or even mortality.

The psychological impact on patients and their families. A complication-free recovery is not just a physical relief but also a mental one, fostering trust in the healthcare system and the professionals within it.

Strategies for minimizing complications

Detailed pre-operative assessments to identify potential risk factors. This step is crucial in tailoring the surgical approach to each individual’s unique health profile.

Emphasis on minimally invasive techniques where appropriate, which have been shown to reduce recovery times and lower the risk of complications.

The importance of post-operative care, including monitoring for signs of complications and providing clear guidelines for recovery.

The role of teamwork and communication

Surgery is not a solo endeavor. The best outcomes are often the result of coordinated teamwork, including nurses, anesthetists, and other specialists.

Effective communication with patients about the risks and expected outcomes of surgery. This not only prepares them for the procedure but also engages them in their own recovery process.

The broader impact of surgical complications

On Surgeons and Surgical Teams

Surgeons carry the weight of responsibility for patient outcomes. Complications can have a profound psychological impact on them, sometimes leading to stress, self-doubt, and a phenomenon known as ‘second victim syndrome’.

Surgical teams also feel the impact. High complication rates can lead to decreased morale and increased turnover, affecting the cohesion and efficiency of the team.

On Healthcare Institutions

Complications often translate into longer hospital stays, increased use of resources, and additional procedures, which escalate healthcare costs.

The reputation of healthcare institutions hinges significantly on their surgical success rates. High complication rates can erode public trust and decrease patient referrals, impacting the institution’s financial health and standing in the healthcare community.

On Society

At a societal level, surgical complications contribute significantly to the overall burden of healthcare. They can lead to increased healthcare expenses, which may be borne by patients, insurance systems, or government healthcare programs.

There’s also a broader economic impact. Complications can prolong patient recovery times, delaying their return to work and contributing to productivity losses.


The best surgeons in the world are distinguished not just by their technical abilities but by their relentless pursuit of patient safety and well-being. Minimizing complications is a multifaceted challenge that demands excellence at every step of the surgical process. As the field of surgery evolves, this principle remains constant: the best surgeons are those who prioritize their patients’ holistic health, striving for outcomes that are as complication-free as possible.

The surgeon’s solitude

Have you ever felt lonely? I’m not talking about lacking company.

I mean facing nothingness head-on.

Nothingness – by Julio Mayol

It’s that feeling of emptiness and silence, when guidelines, clinical sessions, and even the opinions of the most experienced colleagues no longer matter.

It’s the solitude of an individual who must make a decision about another person’s life in a matter of seconds, when the unthinkable happens. When you’re terrified but know you can’t walk away.

Whipple Procedure.

I slip a clamp behind the pancreas, detach it from the portal vein, and…

«Damn! I’ve broken something!»

Everything fills with red fluid.


I try to clamp it shut to make it stop.


But it tears further.

«Damn it all!» – fear makes me shout.

A viscous lake starts to emerge from the laparotomy, visible even to the anesthetist, who keeps administering more crystalloid solution to the patient because the blood pressure drops abruptly.

He looks at me.

Eyes filled with fear.

Agitation and nervousness.


And deep inside me.

«I’m sorry. I know. I’m sorry!»

Here, evidence-based medicine doesn’t hold its ground anymore.

«I have to handle this,» I think.

  • «It’s going to bleed a lot!» – I softly whisper – «A lot! Keep it steady, no matter what! I’ll hold it!»

But within oneself, everything starts to accelerate.

And you’re alone.

Your ears are ringing.

Your legs are trembling.

But you’re alone.

You can’t tell anyone.

And they can barely support you; they’re weak.

The heart races.

Very fast.


Breathing is almost painful.

The air burns.

Now they don’t ring, they just buzz. Your ears.

Sounds from anywhere but your head are inaudible. They’re like senseless whispers.

You’re alone.

You either control it or everything ends.

You’re there. But alone!

That’s the solitude I’m referring to.

That exhausting black hole.

In that void, some learn to distinguish what’s essential from what’s accessory.

Others might even see my heart pounding through my chest.

Surgery and LLMs

Large language models have recently emerged as powerful AI technology with many potential applications. Surgical practice might benefit from its use. Therefore, I decided to investigate what two widely available chatbots, ChatGPT and BingGPT, based on GPT3.5 and GPT4 respectively, had to say.

Surgeons. Digital art by Julio Mayol

My prompt to ChatGPT was: Why and how can LLM be used in surgical practice?

Its response:

Large Language Models (LLMs), such as GPT-3 and GPT-4, can be used in surgical practice in a variety of ways to support surgeons and enhance patient care. Here are a few reasons why LLMs can be valuable in surgical practice:

  1. Knowledge retrieval and decision support: LLMs have access to vast amounts of medical literature and information. Surgeons can use LLMs to retrieve relevant research articles, guidelines, and clinical data to support decision-making during preoperative planning, intraoperative situations, and postoperative care. LLMs can provide up-to-date information on surgical techniques, complications, and treatment options, assisting surgeons in making well-informed decisions.
  2. Education and training: LLMs can be valuable educational tools for surgeons in training. They can provide access to a wide range of surgical knowledge, case studies, and procedural guidelines. Surgeons can interact with LLMs to ask questions, practice virtual simulations, and receive feedback, which can help enhance their surgical skills and knowledge.
  3. Natural language interfaces: LLMs can serve as natural language interfaces for surgical documentation and reporting. Surgeons can dictate operative notes, postoperative reports, and other clinical documentation, and LLMs can transcribe and format the information accurately. This can save time and effort for surgeons, allowing them to focus more on patient care.
  4. Clinical decision support systems: LLMs can be integrated into clinical decision support systems that provide real-time recommendations and alerts based on patient-specific data. By analyzing patient information, LLMs can assist in predicting surgical outcomes, identifying potential complications, and suggesting personalized treatment plans.

It is important to note that while LLMs can provide valuable support in surgical practice, they are not meant to replace the expertise and judgment of surgeons. They are tools that can augment and assist surgeons in their decision-making and knowledge acquisition process.

Additionally, the implementation of LLMs in surgical practice should consider factors such as data privacy and security, ethical considerations, and the need for validation and verification of the information provided by the models.

Overall, the use of LLMs in surgical practice has the potential to improve patient care, enhance surgical decision-making, and support the ongoing education and development of surgeons.

The GPT4 response to the same prompt:

Why and how can Large Language Models be used in surgical practice?

Large Language Models (LLMs) are artificial intelligence systems that can generate natural language texts based on a given input, such as a prompt, a query, or a context. LLMs can be used in surgical practice for various purposes, such as:

  • Providing pre-operative information and instructions to patients and their families, such as the risks and benefits of the surgery, the preparation steps, and the recovery process.
  • Generating operative reports and summaries based on the surgical data and images, such as the type and duration of the surgery, the instruments and materials used, the complications and outcomes, and the recommendations for follow-up care.
  • Enhancing surgical education and training by creating realistic scenarios and cases for simulation and assessment, such as the anatomy and pathology of the patient, the surgical plan and technique, and the possible challenges and errors.
  • Supporting surgical decision making and innovation by generating suggestions and alternatives based on the current evidence and best practices, such as the optimal surgical approach, the most suitable device or implant, and the potential improvements or modifications.

LLMs can be used in surgical practice by integrating them with other technologies and platforms, such as voice assistants, chatbots, electronic health records, surgical robots, and augmented reality devices. LLMs can also be customized and fine-tuned for specific surgical domains and tasks, such as orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, or cardiac surgery.

LLMs have the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of surgical practice by providing accurate and timely information, reducing documentation workload, enhancing learning and skill development, and facilitating creativity and innovation. However, LLMs also pose some challenges and limitations, such as ensuring their reliability, validity, safety, ethics, and accountability. Therefore, LLMs should be used in surgical practice with caution and supervision, and in collaboration with human experts.

Invited post by Dr. Ameera AlHasan: #SoMe4Surgery, a global community for all

Non sibi sed omnibus- Not for oneself, but for all

As you may already know, SoMe4Surgery celebrated its first birthday on the 28th of July 2019. More than a year has now passed since the birth of this dynamic surgical community and yet it continues to grow and flourish. As 2019 draws to a close, we take the opportunity to briefly reflect on what this year has brought to SoMe4Surgery and what we have to look forward to next year.

Fabulous factions and stellar societies

In keeping with the global trend of subspecialization in surgery, SoMe4Surgery has seen a rapid proliferation in the number of subgroups dedicated to various aspects of surgical practice. These range from broad specialties such as colorectal surgery, trauma and hepatopancreaticobiliary to finer and more specific fields like peritoneal surgery and bariatrics. Whatever your passion may be, you are bound to find the right surgical family to adopt you and your ideas. Just add the prefix SoMe4 and prepare to be amazed at what you will find in the treasure trove of Twitter societies at your disposal; these include exquisite rarities like mechanical ventilation, artificial intelligence in surgery, and genetic risk in cancer. And if, for some reason or another, you cannot find your El Dorado, you have the liberty to create one yourself complete with the blessings of the bigger SoMe4Surgery family.

The road to SMSS19

Perhaps the most memorable accomplishment in 2019 was the realization of the first SoMe4Surgery Summit in Madrid, now considered the surgical world’s Santiago de Compostela. Surgeons from all around the world flocked to Hospital Clinico San Carlos to participate by presenting and promoting their SoMe4Surgery experience. For those who could not physically make it, geography was no deterrent as they joined the virtual pilgrimage via live transmission online in what was an enjoyable and productive scientific journey. To celebrate the success of the day, participants later convened to dine and propose a toast in an evening that was christened SoMe4Fun.

You yourself can catch up on the details of that magical gathering and relive the excitement by looking up the hashtag #SMSS19 on Twitter. The event was a true testimony to the feasibility of virtualizing and subsequently de-virtualizing scientific and social networks.

Strength in solidarity

If you cannot go to SoMe4Surgery, then SoMe4Surgery will come to you. As surgeons recognize the importance of collaborating and sharing information and experiences in the 21st century, we have seen the hashtag #SoMe4Surgery being used alongside other hashtags in numerous conferences around the world; to name but a few: the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress 2019, the European Society of Coloproctology Congress 2019 in Vienna, the Mexican General Surgery Association and the AIS Channel’s live colorectal surgery event. From workshops in cities as brilliant as Barcelona, as hot as Kuwait and as distant as Manila, you will find tweets that boast an intimate connection with SoMe4Surgery. Such collaborations have amplified the impact these conferences exert and have taken surgical knowledge where it has never gone before.

Power through publishing

While we will not attempt to list here the individual publications that have transpired through collaborative efforts within the SoMe4Surgery community, it suffices to mention that what once started as a tweet can now be found peer-reviewed and officially published in a number of reputable surgical journals. Real science mandates communication and cooperation and SoMe4Surgery provides a fertile ground to do just that. The power of the written word should not be underestimated and to generate meaningful publications has always been one of our goals.

Bilingual beyond borders

What Latin was to medicine in antiquity, English has become today. However, while English may be the lingua franca of our trade, this should not put the millions of non—English speaking professionals in the world at a disadvantage. This is why SoMe4Surgery now tweets in both English and Spanish culminating in an exponentially growing Hispanic surgical community that avidly shares its expertise. We hope to transcend language barriers through the help of multilingual colleagues as well as AI powered translators online. In defiance of philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein’s infamous statement, at SoMe4Surgery, the limits of our language are not the limits of our world.

To infinity and beyond

“You have done so much with SoMe4Surgery already, what more is there to do?” you may ask.

While we cannot physically turn lead into gold, nor do we possess a crystal ball to foretell the exact future, we can make you one big promise though, and that is to continue to support surgeons, healthcare professionals and patients all around the world. Our alchemy lies in our ability to amalgamate the knowledge and expertise of everyone in SoMe4Surgery to create an ideal model of safe and scientifically sound surgical practice. Wherever you are, once you use the hashtag #SoMe4Surgery, we will find you and we will endorse you in whatever way we can.

We will continue to engage in active mentorship, to host educational activities on Twitter, to recruit colleagues and to share our experiences and discoveries through publications or otherwise, for the benefit of all-non sibi sed omnibus. Finally, we hope to see you all at the SoMe4Surgery Summit 2020, SMSS20.

*We would like to thank everyone who has been a member of this magnificent community, our pioneer surgeons who have continued to enrich our careers online as well as offline (including Professors Kenneth Mattox and Steven Wexner) and all the surgical journals and societies that have supported us unconditionally this year. We wish you and your families a safe and happy festive season, and a prosperous 2020, with SoMe4Surgery of course!

Invited post by Vahagn Nikolian: Telemedicine in the Future of Surgery

As wide spread adoption of technology has increased in our daily lives, so too has the arsenal of options physicians have to utilize and implement technology to take care of patients. Telemedicine, or the “use of electronic information and communication technologies to provide and support health care,” has resulted in improved access to care, increased resource efficiency, and decreased costs associated with routine health care. Given the promise for this resource, it is expected that the telemedicine market will demonstrate annual growth rates ranging between 20-50% for the foreseeable future.

Vahagn Nikolian MD – @VNikolian on Twitter
Fellow at @NYPHospital @ColumbiaSurgery Comprehensive Hernia Center

            Surgeons have utilized telemedicine in a variety of ways over the last decade. Pre- and post-operative patient evaluations utilizing telemedicine has become common in private practice and academic settings. Without a doubt, the accomplishments of the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) stands as the most impressive implementation of telemedicine technology. Annual VA Video Visits exceed more than 1 million regularly, with continued growth and allotment of resources expected for the next few years. Within the surgical patient population, the VA has demonstrated safety and feasibility in applying telemedicine to patients undergoing general, urologic, neurosurgical, plastic, obstetric, and gynecologic procedures.

            When considering new technologies, one must consider all stake holders and understand the impact that a deviation from the norm may have. Multiple studies analyzing patient satisfaction, time away from work, travel time, etc. have shown that patients are pleased with telemedicine encounters surrounding surgical care. Further, health care systems have demonstrated cost savings associated with implementation of telemedicine programs. For surgeons, telemedicine can provide an efficient means of evaluating patients and coordinating care. As the technology develops, utility in both rural and metropolitan settings must be assess to identify who would benefit most from these encounters.

            For telemedicine to continue to grow, concerns related to ethics of the platform must be scrutinized and overcome. The system must develop in a manner to ensure that health care data breaches are guarded against such that patients and providers are confident in the privacy and security of programs. Beyond cyber-security, other barriers hinder the widespread adoption of telemedicine platforms. First, licensure and practice laws for health professionals must be adopted that allow surgeons to more easily interact and take care of patients across state and, eventually, international borders. Additionally, reimbursement strategies must be reformatted to allow for patients to be evaluated without physically being in the same place as their provider. At the national level, enthusiasm for telemedicine is increasing, and reimbursement related to origination site requirements and definitions of rural qualifications have been updated to make telemedicine encounters more broadly applicable.

            In conclusion, telemedicine in surgery has received significant attention as patient satisfaction, decreased wait times, cost saving for both patients and health care systems have been demonstrated. With an emphasis on the patient and physician experience, telemedicine stands as an expected and natural evolution of surgical care. Moving forward, barriers at the local, regional, and national level must be overcome to allow for widespread dissemination and implementation of telemedicine in surgery. 

Entrada invitada: ¿Futuro de la cirugía en España? Por Sergio Sanchez-Cordero

Durante toda mi formación, he escuchado numerosos profesores explicar cómo iba a ser el siguiente curso, cuáles eran las dificultades y de qué manera iban a sucederse los acontecimientos hasta que consiguiera mi plaza en un hospital. Una vez entré a formar parte de un equipo quirúrgico, hablar de futuro es siempre hablar de incertidumbre. Nadie ha sido capaz desde entonces de aventurarse a determinar cómo será la medicina de aquí a cinco o diez años, cómo trabajaremos en los hospitales (incluso si trabajaremos en ellos) o qué actividad desarrollaremos en los quirófanos.

Sergio Sánchez-Cordero @sesanco – Residente de Cirugía

Actualmente, disponemos de un excelente sistema de salud, tenemos los mejores médicos en formación, los mejores instrumentos y el mejor entrenamiento que hemos tenido nunca, no obstante, las exigencias son mayores y a diario tenemos que manejar con el desequilibrio entre expectativa y realidad de nuestros pacientes. Así como la transformación de la cirugía abierta a la laparoscópica fue traumática para muchos, el futuro próximo revolucionará el marco en el que realizamos nuestra actividad quirúrgica. Por lo que, si una cosa tengo clara es que, la capacidad de adaptación al cambio es la característica más importante de los cirujanos en formación.

Por un lado, la cirugía basada en la seguridad del paciente y la calidad de vida va a producir un drástico impacto en la reducción de la iatrogenia en nuestros pacientes. El procesamiento de grandes cantidades de datos o “big data” y la inteligencia artificial aplicada, mejorará el conocimiento y monitorizará las consecuencias de nuestras acciones en los pacientes.  Si bien la formación de los cirujanos estuvo basada en el ensayo-error y el posterior análisis, la exigencia impuesta por la sociedad, no da margen de error a aquellos que por su condición de novel tienen más números de equivocarse. Por ello, se crearán plataformas y simuladores que se convertirán en un peaje durante la formación del residente. 

Si hablamos de innovación y cirugía, el Dr. J Marescaux, ya explicaba las revoluciones más inmediatas. Por un lado, la cirugía mínimamente invasiva, definida por plataformas robóticas, cirugía endoscópica y nuevas herramientas de acción quirúrgica que se están desarrollando, que hoy en día se encuentran en su expresión inicial, pero que irrumpirán en los quirófanos del futuro al tiempo que estaremos surcando la cresta de nuestra profesión. En segundo lugar, la integración y procesamiento de imágenes, tanto dentro como fuera de quirófano, el procesamiento de imagen a nivel molecular y la impresión en 3D, mejorarán la visibilidad de aquello que hoy vemos pero que nos abrirá la puerta a una realidad que actualmente no conocemos.

Y, por último, la revolución social afectará el modo en que nos relacionamos con el paciente y nuestros compañeros. Las plataformas digitales e interactivas y los sistemas de “telementoring” facilitarán la comunicación y la interconectividad entre los diferentes agentes del proceso. Investigación colaborativa, interacción con los pacientes, congresos online, etc. son algunas de las aplicaciones que nos encontraremos en un futuro próximo para beneficiar un mayor número de pacientes.

Por lo tanto, nos encontramos ante una nueva revolución que cambiará el escenario en el que estamos trabajando. Vienen épocas inciertas, con nuevos avances y recursos que dibujarán un escenario que, por ahora, es difícil de pronosticar. Nuestro objetivo como cirujanos es la adaptabilidad a un paradigma más “tecnológico” en el que seguiremos teniendo pacientes igual de “humanos”; con el reto de conectar una tecnología cada vez más inteligente y una humanidad cada vez más incomprensible.

Invited post by Ameera AlHasan: The future of surgery

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Abraham Lincoln

Author: Ameera AlHasan, senior surgeon at Jaber Al-Ahmad Hospital, Kuwait

Surgery is an ancient craft that has withstood the test of time thus far. What the tides of the 21st century will bring can only be foretold by examining current trends and using them to steer our profession towards the future we hope to see.

Tweaking techniques through technology

As all aspects of modern life undergo a rigorous digitalization process, the practice of surgery is no exception.

Starting with minimally invasive surgery through the adoption of laparoscopy and robotics, surgical technology will continue to evolve in order to render operating a more comfortable experience for both surgeon and patient. The advent of human enhancement with advanced imaging and artificial intelligence means that the surgeon of the future will be able to see better and do more.

The improved understanding of the molecular basis of disease together with the advancement of nanotechnology has given birth to precision medicine. This novel field employs targeted therapy to address the subcellular, genetic and molecular determinants of disease. Speculations arise that this might completely obviate the need to operate on patients. Although this may be true at certain stages of a disease, it seems more likely that it will act as an adjunct, leading to a re-definition of the indications for surgery, and helping to create a multimodal approach to treatment of which one dimension will remain surgical.

Mending mental and mentorship models

The evolution of surgery from a mere apprenticeship into a science has led to the emergence of the “surgeon scientist”, an individual undergoing a metamorphosis from craftsman into profound thinker, dogma warrior and evidence generator.

As changes continue to occur in surgical culture and mentality, a dire call is being made for diversity, inclusivity and equity in surgery.  Once this is achieved, it will culminate in the creation of a melting pot brimming with talent, surgical prowess and novelty. The naturalization of women into the various fields of surgery is a leading example of how such inclusivity can capitalize on individual abilities to enhance overall performance and effect change.

Yet true revolutions can only be effectively brought about through conscientious mentorship. Mentorship has been crucial in the formation of surgeons across centuries, and the future will see a global plea for recruiting more surgical mentors. This is exactly where communication technology, social media networks and international associations will play a pivotal role in connecting mentors with mentees across the world.

Saving the surgical spirit

Finally, the question we’re all dying to ask is: Will we continue to operate?

The answer is YES, because that is what makes us who we are as surgeons.

However, in the face of technological advances and paradigm shifts, it will be crucial for the surgical community to foster a kindred spirit in order to continue to operate and prosper. The surgery of the future will no longer be a one-man/woman show as focus shifts onto coordinated teamwork and multidisciplinary management.  

Successful team management subsequently beckons for leadership as an indispensible skill for the thriving surgeon.

The quest has already begun to train and encourage surgeons to become leaders in the future, for the surgical messiah will not be chosen, but created.

Global Mentors – Mentores Globales

I was quite lucky. Not two, but three mentors I met along my training years.

  1. Jesús Alvarez Fernández-Represa
  2. Julio García-Aguilar
  3. Jeffrey B. Matthews

Being in the right place at the right time was the secret of my success. However, many others are not so lucky.

That is the reason why I have created a list on Twitter, which is directly related with the #SoMe4Surgery community: Global Mentors https://twitter.com/juliomayol/lists/global-mentors-surgery

Senior surgeons on Twitter who express their interest in becoming #GlobalMentors will be included in the list.

Surgical trainees just need to subscribe and connect with the #SoMe4Surgery mentors in the list.

No matter where in the world they are, trainees will find the right mentor to support their professional development. Mentors will find the right mentee.

With Jeffrey B. Matthews, J
ulio Garcia-Aguilar and Richard Hodin: the Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital/Hospital Clinico San Carlos Mentoring team

Value based surgery – the Journal of the ASGBI

Today, the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland has published its Summer 2019 issue, including several contributions around a common topic: Value Based Surgery.

It has been an honour and a privilege to coordinate an outstanding group of surgeons, who have written thoughtful contributions regarding #Telemedicine, #PrecisionSurgery, #DigitalSurgery, #ERAS, and #Outcomes. The list of authors is as follows:

Muir Gray

Luis Sánchez-Guillen

Arfon Powell

Gemma Humm and Manish Chand

Mónica Millán

Rebecca Fish

I invite you to read their work here https://www.asgbi.org.uk/userfiles/file/journals/summer-2019-jasgbi.pdf

In order to transform the current practice of surgery into #ValuebasedSurgery, surgical leaders must address the following 5 common problems:

  1. Variability in quality and outcomes
  2. Harm
  3. Waste
  4. Inequities and Inequalities
  5. Lack of prevention

Coauthoring an article on #Valuebasedmedicine with Sir Muir Gray was particularly challenging, and funny. Quite an honour, and an unforgettable experience.

#SoMe4Trauma by Dr. Ameera AlHasan

Trauma takes numerous lives every year, in both a civilian and military setting. Trauma is the bread and butter of the general surgeon and the humble beginning of every specialized surgeon thereafter. It is therefore imperative to foster a strong online community that brings together efforts to raise awareness, share ideas and ultimately improve trauma practice on a global scale. This is how SoMe4Trauma was born.

Raised under the umbrella of the bigger SoMe4Surgery initiative, SoMe4Trauma aims to breed a community of trauma and acute care surgeons, other medical and non-medical trauma care providers (including ER doctors, nurses, EMS, fire brigade etc.), trauma policy advocates and trauma victims. Some of our goals include connecting the trauma community, sharing tacit & explicit knowledge, advancing trauma education, and creating a friendly and entertaining learning environment. In such a brief time period, the SoMe4Trauma family has managed to grow exponentially and to generate impact on Twitter. Such success can be attributed to a number of factors including the relevance of trauma to the medical community and the public (and the high burden of disease it represents), the unconditional support of influential surgeons on Twitter some of whom are true pioneers of trauma surgery and the continuous interaction of the SoMe4Trauma and SoMe4Surgery members.

Contrary to what it may seem, SoMe4Trauma is not a random tweeting service. The “behind the scenes” work that goes on in preparing most tweets is tremendous. That includes scheduling, networking, emailing guests back and forth, designing posters and recruiting tweeters to help interact and support the conversations. A structured approach is essential as real life efforts get translated into mere tweets. It is our belief that “failing to plan is planning to fail”. Real value can only be generated with vision and vigilance. 

Finally, just as management in the trauma bay depends on team work so does the sustenance of an online community like SoMe4Trauma. We invite you not only to interact with us, but to contribute and become a trauma leader yourself. All you have to do is to follow and use the hashtags #SoMe4Trauma and #SoMe4Surgery as SoMe4Trauma continues to blow your mind…hopefully, without causing any injuries 😉