VIDEO: “Everything That You Learned In Your Residency Will Turn Out To Be Wrong”
[Editor’s Note: This presentation was originally delivered at the 41st AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology – November 5-9, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV]
Medicine is continually changing and much of what you learn now will eventually be seen as incomplete, irrelevant or proven wrong. The moral imperative to give our patients the best care requires us to keep up. Constantly staying current with new developments is one of the most challenging, yet satisfying, aspects of being a physician.
Networks encourage new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. The AAGL, which includes almost 6,000 members from 90 countries, provides us a network to help foster the interchange of new ideas about minimally invasive treatments for women. As the first organization to understand and embrace the phenomenal potential of minimally invasive surgery, the AAGL continues to provide an academic and clinical arena of learning for practicing gynecologists. We look to the new generation of members to further consider and expand the intent of “Minimally Invasive” so that we can provide the best, least invasive, care possible.
Dr. William H. Parker is a Clinical Professor at UCLA School of Medicine and in private practice in Santa Monica, California. He is the former Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and also at Saint John’s Health Center.
Dr. Parker is a past president of the AAGL and was an editor of The Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Bill has more than 50 published articles in the areas of uterine fibroids, abdominal and laparoscopic myomectomy, laparoscopic ovarian cyst surgery, ovarian conservation and prevention of surgical errors using cognitive science and aviation safety principles.
Bill is also the author of the acclaimed women’s health book, A Gynecologist’s Second Opinion – The Questions and Answers You Need to Take Charge of Your Health. He has been selected for Best Doctors in America and Top Doctors every year since 2000. Bill and his wonderful wife Rachel have three sons, Aaron, Evan and Brian.
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