Dr. Peter Stern, the Norman S. and Elizabeth C.A. Hill Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Division of Hand surgery, at UCHealth and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, attracted over 50 medical professionals from the Roaring Fork Valley, the Western Slope, Denver and Houston.
As a specialist in hand surgery and upper extremity microsurgery, Dr. Stern framed his presentation of advanced surgical skills around the importance of building trust between the doctor and patient. His opening slide—a child’s drawing of a doctor’s visit, showed the doctor glued to his computer with his back to the young patient on the examination table. Dr. Stern said the image, presented as a “thank you,” served as a catalyst for re-examining his relationship with his patients.
The need for physicians to take preventative care from burnout closed Dr. Ste
rn’s presentation. He emphasized the importance of having hobbies and building time into one’s schedule for rest and enjoyment.
These fundamental messages were a great way to end the series—thank you, Dr. Stern. We look forward to welcoming more engaging experts from across the nation in 2020 as OrthoAspen’s Grand Rounds series continues.