Draining the Rainy Day Fund

Over the course of a medical career, doctors each develop their own little individual rituals. Personally, I always liked to lay out my own instruments. On the right side I put the tools I knew I would need for whatever operation I was doing. On the left side, carefully organized, I would place an arrangement of sutures and scalpels and articulators that, if the surgery went according to plan, I would never touch.

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Shearing the Sheep

Growing up on a farm taught me that teamwork isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. None of us kids could flip a hay bale or shear a sheep alone. If my siblings and I didn’t work together, things didn’t get done. It’s a simple lesson I learned early on that has stuck with me my whole life.

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