Jeffrey M. Smith, MD
Practicing Orthopaedic Surgeon | Educator
Why Surgeon Consulting?
I was a successful Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon with a busy practice and a beautiful family.
I had the successful practice that every surgeon aspires to achieve, but I couldn’t enjoy it because I had no time; I was too stressed; and I was trained to prioritize my patient's care over my own well-being. At times, I was approaching burnout, but most of the time, I was just not able to feel the enjoyment of such a great career.
Sometimes, I would feel like I needed to accept my destiny as a surgeon. I was good at what I did, and my knowledge and skill was increasing like any other performer who practices their talent over and over. I truly felt that patients were benefiting from this experience.
The progression of government interference and many other changes to healthcare were threatening to (or actually decreasing) the quality of care to patients. The frustration was continuing to chip away at my attitude and resolve. I thought the problem was my high-stakes career, so I contemplated leaving medicine. I even initiated a possible exit strategy.
There was just one problem: my recent research and retraining showed me I didn’t want to.
I continued to explore, read, learn and better understand my focus on cultivating a well-rounded lifestyle-friendly practice. I began to implement the steps to create my gradual transformation. My exit strategy became my stay-in strategy. I rediscovered why I went into medicine in the first place. I genuinely loved being a surgeon, and I didn’t want to do anything else. I was looking for ways to create balance and treat the stress and frustration that I was battling on a regular basis. I discovered a great deal of knowledge and information, but I also discovered how hard it is for us Surgeons to change. I discovered rhythm instead of balance.
The results are incredible!
Not only has my practice grown and become even more successful, but I am healthier, happier, and far less stressed.
And best of all, I have more time to be with my family, pursue my interests outside of medicine, and work towards becoming a more skilled surgeon.
Considering how much time, money, and effort I have put into this “retraining,” I cannot imagine many other busy surgeons finding the time. Of course, there are rewards in time and energy after the effort. As my main passion and purpose in life is to have a major positive impact on other people's lives, I developed The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons, the same ones I am implementing into my daily routine.
Contact me to learn how you can implement The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons into your daily routine and start living a balanced practice.
I am a practicing Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon (Orthopaedic Traumatologist) who also assists other surgeons to develop the critical skills needed to create a highly successful lifestyle-friendly practice which is physically, mentally and emotionally sustainable.
My signature methodology called The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons helps surgeons to:
- Better handle frustrations
- Reduce pressure and stress
- Effectively juggle professional and personal demands
- Enjoy the fruits of his/her labors
With nearly 20 years in practice, I have coped with the ups and downs of life, struggled with the many frustrations of being a performance-driven surgeon, and even touched on some burnout. Juggling so many roles (orthopedic surgeon, hospital committee member, practice owner, physician leader in the OTA and AAOS, industry consultant, fellowship director and teacher), it was a constant challenge to enjoy the pleasures of my success such as time with family and personal development.
After years of trial and error, studying highly successful surgeons, and dedicating myself to forging a path towards a balanced life, I now have created a highly fulfilling successful career and practice WITH a healthy mental and physical lifestyle. This experience is the foundation of The 8 PRACTICEs of Highly Successful Surgeons, which can be learned and adopted by any surgeon.