(This is an excerpt from my new book, “Heart, Guts & Steel: The Making of an Indian Surgeon“)
I was assisting my Junior Resident with her first hernia repair. And it was moving along at a snail’s pace.
From time to time, I was tempted to urge her to hurry up. “If you stick with this, we’ll be here until dinner time!”
But I left the words unspoken.
Better surgeons than I had been patient with me while I learned to operate. Now it was my turn to return the favor. So in a quiet tone, with no trace of the irritation within, I asked her: “What are you worried about?”