On the first day of the #SSAT19 meeting, two of the most important take-home messages came from a a retired surgeon, Prof. Christopher Ellison:
- You’re only old once,
- You never retire too early.
Robin McLeod has reminded us that the role of women in surgery is… the same as it is for a man.
Alberto Ferreres has pointed out that surgery is a moral practice, guided by three values: self-sacrifice, altruism and unselfishness.
Sachiyo Nomura has showed us how it is possible to manage a perfect balance between workload and well being in Japan.
Finally, Bruno Silverstein has reflected on the moral injuries that surgery inflicts on surgeons and, subsequently, lead to burntout.