As the current Informatics Chair for the Surgical Infection Society, I’m delighted to introduce this new feature to our website designed to bring you current news about surgical infections, our society and the activities of our members. It is fitting that I type this first blogpost on July 4th while on vacation with my family and my dearest friends from college, reflecting on the importance of life, what is truly meaningful, why we are so lucky to be able to work in a field that truly makes a difference in lives of others.
I spent this vacation in Santa Cruz California. We ate fresh seafood, took a hike through the everglade forests and on to the beach, rode the train through the redwoods, swam in the pool, and talked about life by a campfire long into the night. A large part of the time was spent refereeing our (#?) children, all under the age of eight! We made lots of wonderful memories and it reminded me of how grateful I am to be an acute care surgeon in the great country of the United States of America. I am humbled to be able to devote my professional life to treating the most critically ill and injured patients and teach others how to do the same.
This new blog is designed to be for those of you who also have a deep seated interest in preventing and treating surgical infections. The SIS Blog will begin this summer by bringing you content that we have found helpful to us and our trainees. I anticipate the content of this blog will evolve over time in response to the needs of our readership. Please contact us frequently with questions, requests, and suggestions for topics.
For now, I will leave you with a thought: A significant amount of summer remains in this year. Enjoy the beauty of the warm weather around you. Surgery life is a journey, not a destination. The friends and memories you make are a source of strength, and the lessons you learn now will give you the tools you’ll need to save lives throughout your career. Take time to reflect, assimilate, and digest the wonder of your experiences often. It will help you see the big picture and keep focused on what really matters… kinda like a well spent vacation.
Jill Cherry-Bukowiec, MD