Fiona Wood's Key Topics of Thought

Four key ideas from Dr Sam Hazeldine’s interview with pioneering researcher and surgeon Fiona Wood. Find out more about Fiona, who developed spray on skin for burns victims here and listen to the full podcast right here.

 

1)    Surround yourself with people who will support you

American business philosopher Jim Rohn famously said that we’re the sum of the five people we’re closest to. Don’t waste your energy on the limiting beliefs of others, surround yourself with people who’ll support your development.

Discussing the people who told her that ‘females don’t become surgeons’, Fiona said;

“I think engaging in negative energy and using your precious energy in trying to justify yourself is just a waste. It’s much smarter going to find somebody who you can connect with; who will support you; who will facilitate you being your best. That’s where you put your energy.”

Our energy is precious. As doctors, we spend our so much of our time and energy looking after other people, it’s important we support each other. Support your peers and surround yourself with people who’ll support you.

“Build positive energy, there is no mileage in criticising each other.”

 

2)    Never stop asking questions

Be willing to question the status quo and push boundaries. Sometimes doctors can limit their ability to heal by not being open to new procedures and treatments.

Spray on skin technology received criticism for not having passed through double blind, randomised controlled clinical trials. But Fiona and her team were determined it could cut down healing time, and the pain patients endured.

“I think there are certain things that are very appropriately dealt with in an enquiries framework, in a randomised controlled trial,” said Fiona.

“But there are many things that we do that don’t lend themselves to that and that we base on good solid logic and good scientific enquiry.”

Medicine is very different today than it was 100 years ago, and that’s the result of continually bushing boundaries and trying to improve current practices. Every day is just the beginning, an opportunity to discover something new, an opportunity to ask new questions.  

 

3)    Save some time for those that love you

Save some of the best of yourself for those who care for you the most. When working in stressful, life and death situations, it’s easy to assume that what has happened at work is more important than what’s happened in the school yard. But to your children, it isn’t!

“We sometimes get a bit tired,” says Fiona.

“We’ve been kind and considerate and all the rest, grateful to our colleagues, and then you come home and the kids haven’t put the washing on!

“[…] Do the washing together, eat together. Give them the opportunity to explain what’s happened to them during the day.”

Remember to give empathy and kindness to those who love you the most; your family need you too.

 

4)    Look after yourself

Life outside of medicine impacts how you are as a doctor. It’s important to stay healthy, look after yourself, be positive and above all, to enjoy yourself!

“It sounds really boring but what you eat, what you drink and whether you sleep well actually makes a difference to how you function,” says Fiona.

“So set yourself up for success by thinking about staying healthy; fit and healthy. That’s number one. Set yourself up for success.”

Often, it’s the thought patterns and behaviour you follow away from the clinic which set you up for career success. Med World aims to help doctors achieve this work-life balance. Read about all the amazing and adventurous doctors we’ve been talking to here {LINK http://www.medworld.org/medworld_blog }. From Greenland ski traverses to rickshaw races, these individuals have taken a little time out to improve mind, body and soul.

Take it from Professor Fiona Wood; “People who are happy do actually contribute more. People who enjoy what they do contribute more.”

 

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Four key ideas from Dr Sam Hazeldine’s interview with pioneering researcher and surgeon Fiona Wood. Find out more about Fiona, who developed spray on skin for burns victims here and listen to the full podcast right here.

 

1)    Surround yourself with people who will support you

American business philosopher Jim Rohn famously said that we’re the sum of the five people we’re closest to. Don’t waste your energy on the limiting beliefs of others, surround yourself with people who’ll support your development.

Discussing the people who told her that ‘females don’t become surgeons’, Fiona said;

“I think engaging in negative energy and using your precious energy in trying to justify yourself is just a waste. It’s much smarter going to find somebody who you can connect with; who will support you; who will facilitate you being your best. That’s where you put your energy.”

Our energy is precious. As doctors, we spend our so much of our time and energy looking after other people, it’s important we support each other. Support your peers and surround yourself with people who’ll support you.

“Build positive energy, there is no mileage in criticising each other.”

 

2)    Never stop asking questions

Be willing to question the status quo and push boundaries. Sometimes doctors can limit their ability to heal by not being open to new procedures and treatments.

Spray on skin technology received criticism for not having passed through double blind, randomised controlled clinical trials. But Fiona and her team were determined it could cut down healing time, and the pain patients endured.

“I think there are certain things that are very appropriately dealt with in an enquiries framework, in a randomised controlled trial,” said Fiona.

“But there are many things that we do that don’t lend themselves to that and that we base on good solid logic and good scientific enquiry.”

Medicine is very different today than it was 100 years ago, and that’s the result of continually bushing boundaries and trying to improve current practices. Every day is just the beginning, an opportunity to discover something new, an opportunity to ask new questions.  

 

3)    Save some time for those that love you

Save some of the best of yourself for those who care for you the most. When working in stressful, life and death situations, it’s easy to assume that what has happened at work is more important than what’s happened in the school yard. But to your children, it isn’t!

“We sometimes get a bit tired,” says Fiona.

“We’ve been kind and considerate and all the rest, grateful to our colleagues, and then you come home and the kids haven’t put the washing on!

“[…] Do the washing together, eat together. Give them the opportunity to explain what’s happened to them during the day.”

Remember to give empathy and kindness to those who love you the most; your family need you too.

 

4)    Look after yourself

Life outside of medicine impacts how you are as a doctor. It’s important to stay healthy, look after yourself, be positive and above all, to enjoy yourself!

“It sounds really boring but what you eat, what you drink and whether you sleep well actually makes a difference to how you function,” says Fiona.

“So set yourself up for success by thinking about staying healthy; fit and healthy. That’s number one. Set yourself up for success.”

Often, it’s the thought patterns and behaviour you follow away from the clinic which set you up for career success. Med World aims to help doctors achieve this work-life balance. Read about all the amazing and adventurous doctors we’ve been talking to here {LINK http://www.medworld.org/medworld_blog }. From Greenland ski traverses to rickshaw races, these individuals have taken a little time out to improve mind, body and soul.

Take it from Professor Fiona Wood; “People who are happy do actually contribute more. People who enjoy what they do contribute more.”

 

The Shift - Video by Dr Sam

Live each day as if it were your last

Five Steps to Creating a Peer Group that Lifts You Up

Mindfulness 

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