Coming Soon–Feature From The Generation Y Surgeon

A special thanks to all our followers on the blog! As you know, we focus on business model innovation in healthcare with tools including the business model canvas, dynamic ownership equity, and tips/tricks you can use to make your innovative business experiment that much more effective.

New ideas like gamification are featured along with proven methods of process improvement like Lean and Six Sigma. We tend to focus on tools, tips, tricks, and data.

Some of the feedback we’ve gotten from you all (thanks for all the comments by the way) includes an interest in a more personal voice for innovation and other what’s coming in Surgery and Healthcare.

After months of searching, our team has found someone to be that strong voice for innovation and provide an authentic voice for what’s coming in surgery and healthcare: the Generation Y Surgeon (@GenYSurgeon).

We’ve already seen the first few posts from our colleague, and let us share that the thoughts are direct, edgy, and sometimes even provocative. This colleague, a surgeon completing training, effectively gives voice to many of the issues we’ve seen in surgery and shares important experiences that may be common to young surgeons.

Here are several things you need to know about the GenYSurgeon, and some things we’ll need to do to keep this important voice (even when dissent or difference is challenging for us to hear) available to us as surgeons who train the next generations. I’ve presented this as an FAQ beneath and will reproduce it on an FAQ page on the blog’s main site:

(1) Who is the GenYSurgeon?

The GenYSurgeon is a resident surgeon (a surgeon in training) who is completing that training soon. This colleague is interested in providing us feedback with their view on Medicine, Healthcare, and Surgery in an anonymous format.

(2) Is the GenYSurgeon really just the editor of this site or just another person who already writes for this site?

No. The GenYSurgeon is a new voice, and is a person who has never posted on the blog before.

(3) Do you know who this person is, and, if not, how can you be sure this is really a resident / surgeon in training?

I don’t know who the GenYSurgeon is exactly and neither does anyone else at the blog. It’s a good thing because that way I couldn’t tell you even if I wanted to. Here’s how we set it up so that even I (and everyone else at the blog) won’t know the identity of the GenYSurgeon:

We approached 5 different residents and asked them to blog for this site.
We had them get together (and it was ok if they also asked their resident friends), without us present, and decide who really wanted to do this.
One of them decided to be the blogger, and emails us via a disposable email account with their entries.
Their first email to us included some info to confirm the entry originated with them.

This is a nice feature, because we can’t share who the Gen Y Surgeon is even we wanted to.

(4) Is it possible, because of how this is setup, that the GenYSurgeon is actually more than one person?

Yes, it’s possible. And we’re ok with that. After all, we were just interested in adding the voice of the future, finishing young surgeon to the blog. If it’s more than one person, yet the voice represents the unique thoughts of young, finishing surgeons that’s just fine.

(5) Why bother putting a resident’s thoughts on the blog?

First, the next generation and their views are important to our field. The way we bring them along is central to where our field goes in the future. So, even if at times it’s unpleasant for those of us who trained before the 80 hour workweek (or completed training just as it started), it is an important exercise to see what they have to say.

We believe in the idea that we must progress and that things change, so we want to hear how things look to the next generation because it is fresh eyes on our field. The GenYSurgeon, although sometimes difficult for us to hear, gives us the fresh-eyes perspective of what’s happening in our field.

The GenYSurgeon is sometimes edgy, sometimes provocative, and often direct. There’s a role for that and we’re happy to provide that viewpoint even if we don’t endorse everything GenY says.

Please help us welcome @GenYSurgeon, and, remember:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
–Aristotle

You’ll know the GenYSurgeon’s post by the symbol he/she chose, which made us laugh at first:

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–David