Stay Sharp

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:19

If you think you have trouble keeping up with changes in your line of work, consider the laparascopic surgeon. Since the primary goal of modern Western medicine is to correct a problem in a noninvasive manner and with as short a hospital stay as possible, these doctors are being forced to learn new techniques practically overnight. The solution? Something called “boot camp” for physicians. It’s the brainchild of James C. Rooser, Jr., director of endolaparascopic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine. 

In laparoscopy, surgical instruments and a camera can enter the body through a smaller than usual incision. Surgeons can seesomething new the instruments on a TV monitor, and must operate by keeping a close eye on the screen and a firm grasp on their tools. In boot camp, surgeons improve these crucial skills by playing a series of arduous games. 

In “Slam Dunk,” the non-dominant hand must use a pair of miniature tweezers attached to a shaft – its bottom end hidden in a box – to pick up black-eyed peas. Watching the screen, the surgeon uses a handle onthe top end of the shaft to control the tweezers and drop each pea into a tiny hole. Other equally difficult games also place emphasis on the use of the non-dominant hand, and focus on building confidence, as opposed to out-of-control arrogance, in the operating room. 

When it comes to mastering a new skill in your work, it’s important that you continue to be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things. sometimes it pays to stop what you are doing and master a new skill. In your prayer time today, ask the Lord to show you something new!

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