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Andre Campbell, MD, FACS, professor of clinical surgery, University
of California, San Francisco, is dedicated to providing future generations with information about a career in surgery.
Although the topics change each year to remain relevant and
up-to-date, as well as to appeal to those students who may have
previously attended the program, the general format remains the
same. The students begin their three-day experience with a lecture from one of the best and brightest minds in the ACS, such
as Thomas M. Krummel, MD, FACS, who presented a keynote
address in 2014. The afternoon includes a Lifestyles Panel Session,
as well as opportunities to meet residents, discuss “the match,”
and speak with program directors at residency programs throughout the country. The Lifestyles Panel demonstrates how surgeons
maintain work-life balance. This panel has featured surgeons with
diverse outside interests, including marathon-enthusiast surgeons,
family-oriented surgeons, medical-mission surgeons, make-my-own-schedule surgeons, and so on. Although a life in surgery can
certainly be grueling and time-consuming, the Lifestyles Panel
urges students to realize that they do not have to permanently
forsake hobbies, interests, and goals outside of surgery for the sake
of their professional aspirations.
Often medical students believe that a life in general surgery
means rarely seeing their families and missing birthdays, weddings, and soccer games. One of the most poignant speakers at
the 2014 Medical Student Program provided a very humorous
example of how he created work-life balance. At the beginning of
every year he requested four very specific days off—his birthday,
his wife’s birthday, and their two children’s birthdays. He would
stay home, make pancakes, have birthday parties, and every year,
ensure “something special” happened. He also made a point of
living near the hospital to minimize travel time and so he could
sneak away to sporting events. Medical students often lose sight
of the big picture because they are focused on details such as step
exams, anatomy dissections, and getting “honors” on their clerkship. Unfortunately, they often miss the more important objective
of choosing a fulfilling career, which could be in one of the surgical
specialties. The Medical Student Program has provided students
every year with this big-picture perspective.
One of the newest additions to the Medical Student Program is
the Out of the Box SIG—or surgical interest group. This competition among the students encourages innovation and creativity. The
students initiate a project at their home institution and submit an
application. The students with the most innovative SIG activity are
Medical students often lose sight of the big picture because they
are focused on details such as step exams, anatomy dissections,
and getting “honors” on their clerkship. Unfortunately, they
often miss the more important objective of choosing a fulfilling
career, which could be in one of the surgical specialties.
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