Looking Back! Life improvement strategies for the surgeon that wants more ... in 10 minutes - Episode 19

Pump the brakes on your week and take 10 minutes to make your life as a surgeon just a little better…

This week, we are welcoming to the mini-Podcast Dr. Benjamin Szerlip, an Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery in Austin, Texas. This week, Dr. Szerlip talks to us about looking back, and identifying things we know now, and that we wish we'd known at the start. Dr Szerlip shares how his training prepared him well for clinical practice of medicine, but how his training didn't prepare him for other aspects. He lacked knowledge in the business of medicine, including the financial knowledge needed about billing and overheads, and the importance of managing online reputation to instill confidence. Looking back is an opportunity for reflection, awareness and self-improvement that allows us to identify areas for performance improvement. 


How does he suggest we can look back? By doing the following:

  • Step 1 - Look back, what do you wish you'd learned over the past few years?

  • Step 2 - Then, research your options for learning more 

  • Step 3 - Lastly, make a small investment to follow up on those options

Most importantly, start looking back this week and determine one area you'd like to learn more about! 

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Szerlip, he is a fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee including joint replacement, rotator cuff repair, and other sports medicine injuries.

Looking back is a perfect example of how surgeons can improve their effectiveness inside and outside of the OR.