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Message from the Editor

Amalia Stefanou

The only surgeon without complications is the one that doesn’t operate. We have all heard this saying, but I know it does not make a bad outcome feel any better. When we are faced with a surgical complication, we all feel like the only one and the weight can feel very heavy. I recently read Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and I highly recommend it. She refers a lot to “the man in the arena” which is a reference to a great speech by Teddy Roosevelt. The main idea is that we are all daring greatly every day, putting ourselves out there, doing our best for our patients and ourselves. The truth is that we will fail sometimes; it is inevitable. The important thing is to know how you are going to get back on your feet and get back out there to keep doing your best.

Amalia Stefanou, MD, FACS
Editor, YFA E-News