PERSONAL QUALITIES OF BRILLIANT SURGEONS: A MYTH OR REALITY

Personal Qualities of Brilliant Surgeons

  • Haroon Sabir Khan Pakistan Naval Ship Shifa Karachi Pakistan
  • Rehan Ahmed Khan Riphah International University Rawalpindi Pakistan
  • Joharia Azhar Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University Riyadh Saudia Arabia
Keywords: Aptitude, Brilliant, Domain, Personal, Qualities, Surgeon, Traits

Abstract

Objective: To explore the qualities of brilliant surgeons that makes them distinctive.
Study Design: A qualitative exploratory study.
Place and Duration of Study: The study was conducted in Armed Forces Hospitals, Rawalpindi, from Jan to Jul
2017.
Material and Methods: A purposive sampling technique was applied for in-depth, semi-structured interviews of
19 members (ten surgeons, six anesthesiologists and three operation room assistants) having experience of
surgical environment for more than 20 years in different institutions. Computer Assisted Qualitative Data
Analysis Software (CAQDAS) was employed for thematic data analysis using software NVIVO 11 Pro.
Results: Study participants reported observation of distinctive personality characteristics of a few surgeons
hitherto termed as “brilliant”. Multifaceted aspects of their personality were identified and categorized into five
major themes: mental, psychological and emotional, social, mechanical, and structural strength. The first three
themes were found to be common among brilliant achievers in all other professions as well, however, the
mechanical and structural strength domains were considered to have unique and substantial bearing on the
achievement of brilliance in surgery.
Conclusion: A category amongst the surgeon has been identified and termed as “brilliant”. These brilliant
surgeons were gifted in five domains of their personality with a distinct set of qualities which made them outclass
their contemporaries.

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Published
2018-10-31
How to Cite
Khan, H. S., Khan, R. A., & Azhar, J. (2018). PERSONAL QUALITIES OF BRILLIANT SURGEONS: A MYTH OR REALITY. Pakistan Armed Forces Medical Journal, 68(5), 1126-32. Retrieved from https://mail.pafmj.org/index.php/PAFMJ/article/view/2277
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