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Every Patient is a Teacher

Panchbhavi, Vinod K. MD, FACS

Techniques in Foot & Ankle Surgery: September 2017 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p 97
doi: 10.1097/BTF.0000000000000167

The author declares no conflict of interest.

Every day, either individually or collectively, patients give valuable insights and lessons, in plain sight, to those with keen eyes and open minds. They have helped us innovate and make us better at our art with every encounter. Even from a patient with a seemingly routine case, instead of thinking there is nothing this case is going to bring to light, we explore what indeed one can learn, we won’t be disappointed. There is always something we can learn in that proverbial “half-full” portion of the glass if we realize that every patient has the potential to enlighten us. A fraction of this potential is indeed realized and some of it is altruistically shared, be it to individuals through apprenticeships or personal communications or to the masses from case reports to randomized controlled trial articles found in scientific publications.

TFAS brings together the knowledge and wisdom acquired by those who not only realized this learning potential from the encounters they had with their patients but also wish to share the same. We are grateful to Drs Kadakia and Aiyer for their efforts in bringing together excellent manuscripts for this issue by renowned authors who have learned from their teachers, their patients.

Vinod K. Panchbhavi, MD, FACS

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