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Cultivating a Thinking Surgeon: New Perspectives on Clinical Teaching, Learning and Assessment

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:429
  1. James Drife, professor of obstetrics and gynaecology (
  1. Leeds

    Thinking surgeon” is a phrase that invites a smirk. Surgeons like to cultivate their image as doers, not thinkers. In multidisciplinary discussions they generally brood for a long time before saying, “I'm only a simple surgeon but…” No one is fooled by this self deprecation, which is a preamble to the surgeon cutting through the verbiage and getting to the heart of the matter.

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    Linda de Cossart, Della Fish

    tfm Publishing, £35/$65/$C90/€55, pp 296 ISBN 1 903378 26

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    Educationists, on the other hand, enjoy a good think, preferably while sitting in a circle. They write ideas on flipcharts and add arrows pointing up and down. …

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