I am a junior doctor working in Pakistan, currently applying for FY2 positions in NHS. I wanted to update myself through surgery courses on MedAll and came across BBASS. I am hoping to become a paediatric surgeon one day. I wanted to say that even though I understand as an IMG the journey is long and full of challenges, it’s doctors like you that really rejuvenate my
enthusiasm for surgery.
My mind is abuzz after attending your session and I would really like to share my thoughts with you. (Apologies in advance if it all seems a bit scattered) Sometimes it feels like surgeons can experience a certain amount of monotony in how we learn things, but your session changed my mind. To use one concept (martial arts) to teach another (surgery) is one of the most refreshing ways I have learnt about medicine.
I recently started practicing Muy Thai and the respecting the environment is one of it’s core principles. Hearing you talk about paying respect to the body really resonated with me. I am also trying to explore philosophies of how indigenous communities pay respect to the earth that sustains them and how, with it, comes a sense of humility. So, another takeaway for me from your session was that in surgery there is no space for an inflated ego.
A surgeon must pay their respects to the person before them and should embrace a sense of humility. To summarize, I would say this session was about more than dissection – it was about patience, respect, humility and gentleness with oneself and those around us.
Thank you for conducting this wonderful session, and I hope to attend the ones in the future as well.
Dr Afshan Aktar