Feedback on the MAR (by Manila Doctors Hospital’s Chief Resident) – 2015 (March)
I would like to thank Dr. Joson for this opportunity to give feedback on the usefulness of Medical Anecdotal reports for surgical training. We do not have this activity in our institution, but I believe any surgeon, in training or not, exercise a mental version of this written reflection daily. We all encounter difficult situations in our medical practice, more so when we are residents and sharing one’s experiences with colleagues is crucial to personal improvement during the formative years of a surgeon. It is during these difficult situations that we learn both the art and science of surgery.
The main objective of MARS-development of holistic, professional and compassionate physicians, is essentially the objective of any surgical training program when it produces graduates. I imagine, in writing MAR, the very nature of documenting a situation, giving insight and receiving feedback from a consultant or mentor improves a resident’s retention of information and decision-making skills. The first step of MAR which is providing insight on medical situations not only improves the physician, but more importantly, his patient care. The second step of receiving thoughts, perceptions, opinions and recommendations of our mentors are gems in the usual training clinical setting but they are even more precious when a surgeon has already graduated and is left to decide on his own. These 2 steps show an exchange between student and mentor that promotes cooperation and trust with a common goal of better patient care and interaction.
The usefulness of MARs I the training of surgical residents cannot be overemphasized. Even if it is not formally done in all surgical departments, its adaptability does not require superhuman effort-just a pen and paper, a willing student and an open-minded and generous educator.
Feedback on the MAR (by Manila Med’s Chief Resident) – 2015 (March)
As a surgeon, specifically a surgical resident, we are expected to know the theoretical didactics and skills required in training. However, reading the book made me realize that there’s another side to it-a softer side, the emotional side of the surgeon that you can’t separate from the theoretical/skill side. It goes hand in hand. You can teach anyone how to operate but only a complete surgeon knows how to show compassion, concern, sincerity to the patient.
I have learned that residents in OM are encouraged to write/present 1 MAR per month. In the near future, when these residents are done with their training an they read these anecdotes, then they are able to go back and remember the feelings/emotions that they had during that time and the lessons that they learned.