CORR® International—Asia-Pacific: 100 Patients a Day: Teaching Our Rising Stars How to Be Both Busy and Excellent
I decided to become an orthopaedic surgeon during my junior year of medical school. Orthopaedics seemed entirely different from other specialties. The surgeons, with their saws, chisels, and hammers, looked like carpenters and the surgical procedures looked like a mechanics class. The language was unique, seemingly designed for mechanical engineering. I was drawn to the independent nature of orthopaedic surgery; patient care could be conducted without much reliance on other specialties. The uniqueness of orthopaedic surgery—with its broad scope of practice—required visual demonstration and hands-on workshop courses. I just fell in love with the idea of treating patients in this unique way.
But in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly China, India, and Korea, orthopaedic surgeons typically treat more patients in clinic than physicians in other surgical specialties [5, 9]. For example, in a typical half-day clinic, I routinely see more than 100 patients. Learning how to handle a patient load of this magnitude with safety, accuracy, and efficiency is not something that is taught—or can be learned—in the classroom.