Archive for February 19, 2010

Surgery, Calculus, and Why The Attending is Always Doing the Surgery

February 19, 2010 6 comments

When I was a high school math nerd I looked forward to the AP calculus class I would take my senior year, because once I had done that I really would have achieved the tops that mathematics had to offer.  Once I finished that class, I remember thinking “now I really understand math.”  When I studied mathematics and computer science in college I realized how wrong I had been.  I realized then that calculus was not the end of the mathematics – it actually was just the beginning.  In fact, it was the first thing I ever learned that could even be called mathematics at all.  The rest was just arithmetic.

As an academic gynecologic surgeon, I often get asked a question that reminds of me of my calculus realization, and that question is “Who will be doing my surgery?”

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