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Analysis Christmas 2008: Formative Years

The left handed surgical trainee

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 16 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2883
  1. B Lieske, specialist registrar in general surgery
  1. 1Royal Berkshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Reading RG1 5AN
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    “I don’t know what you’re doing, it looks all wrong to me.” Bettina Lieske spoke to her left handed colleagues

    Having identified all left handed trainees during our monthly training days as well as by email, I gave them a questionnaire inquiring about any support and obstacles related to their handedness that they had encountered from medical school to higher surgical training. All eight trainees (four men and four women, including myself) completed the questionnaire (table 1).

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    Table 1

     Number of left handed general surgical trainees (four men, four women) agreeing to questionnaire statements

    The trainees were in their first to fifth year of higher surgical training and all had worked …

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