The Power of Consolidation

Sunday, June 16, 2013 by aiyqosim

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته
الحمد لله و الصلاة و السلام على سيدنا رسول الله و على آله و صحبه و سلم

1. It's been 5 days since the last lecture of Dr. Hussein Khairy. We only got apologies from him eversince last Tuesday, for not be able to come and continue his lecture and clinical rounds as usual. Nobody dares to ask why.

2. He is seemingly busy. It is not a surprise at all, as it should be expected from the very beginning. After all, he is the dean of the faculty. What should surprise us, is to the fact that he can attend to the faculty as early as 7 am to give lecture, and then continue with clinical round before entering his office for administrative work. This goes on 5 days a week (except Friday and Saturday). and on Saturday, he has his schedule in the operating theatre. He has been practising this routine since more than 10 years, except for the 'deanship' part.

3. As regards Dr. Hussein Khairy, he keeps stressing one important concept. The concept of consolidating things. The art of learning and studying bit-by-bit. The art of doing things consistently albeit by little.

4. He also insisted us to have our own logbook for us to write down everything we see and do in clinical rounds. "You can even publish it after a good few years", he once said. Of course, at the end of the day, there are only few of us who keep documenting everything. Others are already fed up, and I'm unfortunately, among that 'others'. Just happy enough to observe and listen like a boss :)

5. It is really inspiring while reviewing my notes. Unconsciously, we have had at least 140 sessions (both lecture and clinical rounds). And we have seen more than a hundred of clinical cases, some of them are rare ones, and almost all of them are fascinating.

6. We have seen at least 3 cases of short distance firearm injuries, with abundant of clinical findings. We have seen cases as benign as lipidema and lipoma, to cases as bad as burst abdomen and infected amputation stump. We've seen almost all kinds of skin graft and tissue flap. Also many surgical procedures and post-operative management apparatus that we can easily read in books.

7. Yes, we can actually read it quite easily in text books. In addition to Dr. Google and Prof. Wikipedia. But it makes a lot of difference by seeing with your own eyes and feeling by your own hands. It CONSOLIDATES easily.

8. Alhamdulillah, I really appreciate the value of seeing things with my own eyes and the power of consolidation. I'm really looking forward to having my notes well documented, for my own good and of course for others. InsyaAllah. May Allah make it easy for me. And whatever the cause is, may Allah ease Dr. Hussein Khairy from being too busy.

والحمد لله ربّ العالمين

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