Time to introduce mentorship into surgical training programmes?
I didn’t realise it, but as a junior doctor working in New Zealand, I had the privilege of having my first mentor. She was an older woman, Dr Ira, a radiologist from Sri Lanka. At the time, I was working as the only female in the department of general surgery and battling with my male colleagues. After a particularly bruising incident, I went down to see her to complain. She gave me advice I have never forgotten. She introduced me to silence as a reply. It is a powerful weapon. You never regret what you haven’t said. It gives you space to contemplate the situation and eventually formulate a reply.
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