Surgical metacognition – smarter decision making for surgeons

5th September 2023, 19:00 to 20:00 BST


This webinar will explore what metacognition is and its value to the surgeon. Various management strategies are designed to improve clinical outcomes. Few, however, have attempted to explain how the surgeon uses knowledge and thinking to make decisions, how we can modify the ways we think about our decisions and how by doing this, there might be benefits for both patient and surgeon. Understanding how we solve surgical problems and make subsequent decisions is not something that most surgeons consider in detail. The fact that such an understanding can help us improve these processes and make us better surgeons has not been widely appreciated. This webinar will explain how this thinking occurs and how it can be modified.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this webinar, attendees should have an understanding of the practical aspects of surgical decision making and approaches to improve it by ‘intra-human’ factors.

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Our panellists include:

Dr Uttam Shiralkar - FRCS, MRCPsych. Uttam is a former consultant psychiatrist and surgeon. For more than a decade he has been coaching surgeons to improve performance in various domains of practice.

Lisa Hadfield Law – Lisa has been a Surgical educator since 1992 and has trained over 15,000 surgeons from 68 countries. She has 20 years of trauma nursing experience in the UK and abroad and trained as a virtual teacher in 2016.

Pragnesh Bhatt (Chair) - Deputy Director of the Faculty of Surgical Trainer, MS, MCh, FRCS, FFSTEd, FEBNS. Consultant Neurosurgeon, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.


1 Hour

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A recording of the webinar will be made available on this page in the days following the live broadcast.

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