It’s amazing how much the responsibility for presenting at M&M [morbidity and mortality conference] concentrates the mind. Now I’m not just worried about the patient as a person, and about my role in events; now I’m also trying to avoid having to present a complication/mortality, and then trying to figure out how on earth I’m going to explain this one. So far I can’t come up with anything even halfway presentable; it’s going to be a miserable morning when my turn comes around. No wonder the seniors look so disturbed when complications develop.

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