Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons : a reflection on the training experience

Venter, R. G. (2019)

CITATION: Venter, R. G. 2019. Antifragile orthopaedic surgeons: a reflection on the training experience. SA Orthopaedic Journal, 18(4), 12-13.

The original publication is available at


ENGLISH ABSTRACT: I’m a newly qualified orthopaedic surgeon. It was the hardest thing I have ever done. This essay is a reflection on the things I learnt doing it. I could say that I ‘burnt out’ during my surgical training. But that expression has been used to describe such a range of symptoms, from someone merely feeling depressed, to being the cause of a colleague’s suicide, that it has lost most of its meaning. In May 2019 the World Health Organization (WHO) clarified the term, and it has its own ICD-11 code now: ‘QD85’. It’s not a disorder as such, but one of the ‘factors influencing health status or contact with health services’, specifically related to one’s work environment.

Please refer to this item in SUNScholar by using the following persistent URL:
This item appears in the following collections: