Pull Up a Chair, Sit Down, and Listen

Authors

  • Curt Tribble, MD Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.4757

Abstract

When I was a medical student rotating on the various clinical services and thinking about career decisions, a common refrain from those offering advice on these decisions was that an early ‘branch in the career decision tree’ was deciding whether you liked caring for patients or liked doing procedures. I sensed that this advice was creating, or at least suggesting, a false or inaccurate choice. In fact, I even remember hearing that surgeons should not get too close to their patients in order to retain a sense of detachment. Somehow I just didn’t see it that way.

References

Geng E. 2022. The Doctor’s Oldest Tool. N Engl J Medicine 386 (1): 7-9.

Tribble C. 2020. The Mental Strategies of Surgeons: A Primer – Part I. The Heart Surgery Forum 23(6): E927-936.

Tribble C. 2021. The Mental Strategies of Surgeons: A Primer – Part II. The Heart Surgery Forum 24(1): E1-8.

Tribble C. 2021. All the Light We May Fail to See: Learning from Talking to Strangers. The Heart Surgery Forum 24 (4): E690-699.

Tribble C. 2016, Gimme 3 Steps, With a Nod to an American Rock Song from the 1970’s. The Heart Surgery Forum 19(1): E1-2.

Tribble C. 2017. Grandmother Rules: Crucial Conversations with Patients and Families. The Heart Surgery Forum 20(1): E1-5.

Peabody F. 1927. The Care of the Patient. JAMA 88 (12): 877-82.

Kern J, Milbrandt T, Rolf S, Tribble C. 1997. Resection of Multiple Mediastinal Paragangliomas with Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Ann Thorac Surg 64: 1824-6.

Meador, C. 1992. A Little Book of Doctors’ Rules. Hanley and Belfus. Philadelphia.

Buffett, W. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6438096/characters/nm1104789 (Accessed 1-28-22)

Tribble C. 2020. The Well-Tempered Clinic: The Clinical and Educational Importance of Cardiovascular Surgical Clinics (With a Nod to Johann Sebastian Bach). The Heart Surgery Forum 23 (5): E712-7. https://www.quora.com/Who-wrote-the-quote-Life-isnt-about-how-to-survive-the-storm-but-how-to-dance-in-the-rain (Accessed 1-28-22)

Tribble C. 2016. On Becoming a Doctor of Humane Letters. The Heart Surgery Forum 19(4): E150-E152.

Ian Barbash, 2018. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/silent-space-zakia-dimassi-md-mhpe-/ (Accessed 1-28-22)

Maya Angelou. https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/5934-i-ve-learned-that-people-will-forget-what-you-said-people (Accessed 1-28-22)

Peabody F. 1927. The Care of the Patient. JAMA 88 (12): 877-82.

Tribble C. 2016. A Practical Minded Obsession with the Possibility and Consequence of Failure. The Heart Surgery Forum 19(1): E1-4.

Johnstone R. 2021. Practicing with Memories. JAMA 326: 2369.

Tribble C. 2018. I Call That A Bargain. The Heart Surgery Forum 21(3): E229-E234.

Published

2022-04-15

How to Cite

Tribble, C. (2022). Pull Up a Chair, Sit Down, and Listen. The Heart Surgery Forum, 25(2), E259-E266. https://doi.org/10.1532/hsf.4757

Issue

Section

Articles