Centre for Performance Science

Interviews with the Surgeons

The following interviews were recorded as a supplement to the programme. 

Alexandra Cope

Alexandra Cope is a specialist registrar in General Surgery and a couple of years away from becoming a consultant. She discusses her previous experience of the carotid endarterectomy procedure featured in The Scalpel and the Bow, her fears and aspirations going into the simulation (1:30), dealing with a patient under local anaesthetic (1:55), different roles in the surgical team (2:49), the optimum operating theatre environment (4:42), how to perform at your best as a surgeon (5:29), re-calibrating when feeling stressed (6:22), the benefits of surgical simulation and its particular pressures (7:04), the skills she has developed the most through simulation (8:00), procedural steps and preparation (8:47), mental rehearsal (9:18), her emotional response to simulation (9:58), comparing simulation to the real thing (10:47), how she feels at the end of the simulation (11:27), listening to music in a real operating theatre (12:05) and comparing the role of primary surgeon to that of a solo singer (13:42).

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Dominic PJ Howard

A vascular surgeon in training based in Oxford, Dominic PJ Howard is coming to the end of his higher surgical training with only three to four years left before becoming a consultant. Here he discusses his previous experience of the carotid endarterectomy, approaching this particular simulation (0:25), what's going through his mind as he is scrubbing up (1:21), comparing the simulated operating suite to the real thing (1:49), his fears and aspirations going into the simulation (2:39), awareness of a patient under local anaesthetic (3:19), the optimum state in wich to operate (4:07), the benefits of simulation (5:04), a surgeon's emotional response to simulation compared to the real thing (6:42), the prosthetic models used in simulation (7:56), his feelings on completing a simulation and post-operative feedback (8:29), the benefits of background music used in the operating theatre (9:06) and similarities between surgery and musical performance (9:50).

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Yousuf Salmasi

Foundation Year Two Junior Doctor Yousuf Salmasi is working in the Vascular Department at St Mary's Hospital, London. He talks about his feelings on going into the simulation, his inner thoughts while scrubbing up (0:24), the surgical team around him (0:43), his fears and aspirations as he commences the simulation (1:08), the atmosphere around a patient under local anaesthetic (2:07), when a procedure is going well (2:44), the benefits of simulated surgery (3:27), the opportunity to develop skills through simulation (4:28), his feelings on leaving the simulation (5:06), how to prepare for a simulated operation (5:39), comparing a simulated operation to the real thing (6:11), the use of music in the operating theatre (7:03), reacting to the constant beep of theatre machinery (8:30), parallels between performing as a surgeon and as a drummer (9:15) and parallels between playing in an orchestra and being part of a surgical team (10:15). 

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