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When things go wrong. Dr Leigh Spielberg says we all make mistakes

Learning from mistakes quickly corrected by a good teacher is an integral part of residency

When things go wrong. Dr Leigh Spielberg says we all make mistakes

“It’s upside down,” said Dr Zijlmans. “It’s open, in the bag and upside down.” I stared through the operating microscope in horror and saw, in my peripheral field of view, Dr Zijlmans making the universally recognised circular hand motion that means: Switch places with me. You messed it up and I need to fix it. I began to sweat and my throat closed up. A wave of shame crashed over me. Was this the end of my trust-building with the cataract team? If I couldn’t properly complete the simplest step of a cataract operation, how could I be taught to crack a nucleus?

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