Writing before Retiring – ROJoson – November 3, 2007

 

Writing Before Retiring

 

November 3, 2007

Intended Readers / Audience: Anybody

Today is November 3, 2007; 10:00 pm.

I am in Anilao, Batangas.

I have decided to start a writing project whose goal is to share my experiences and my insights in at least three fields, which correspond to the three master degrees that I obtained after graduating from medical school in 1974, namely hospital administration (master in hospital administration obtained in 1991); medical education (master in health profession education obtained in 1993); and general surgery (master of science in general surgery obtained in 1997).

I am now 58 years old going 59 in January 31, 2008. I have only 6 years to go starting 2008 before the Philippine government’s mandatory retirement age of 65.   I am currently a part-time permanent employee of two government hospitals, namely: Philippine General Hospital and Ospital ng Maynila Medical Center.  In 6 years time, whether I like it or not, I have to get off from these two hospitals.  I am using age 65 as a reference standard for the retirement age.

A few months back, I told myself as well as some of my acquaintances that if I have to write and share experiences on these three fields, it should be before my official retirement age, while I am still somehow active in practice.  My thinking is that for one to be credible in giving “currently useful” advices, particularly in the fields where the information and knowledge are never considered absolute, permanent, and static and where new information and knowledge are being added at a fast pace, he / she must still be actively practicing and up to date.  If I start writing after my retirement age, I will feel insecure in what I will advice because during this time, even if I want to, I may not be able to catch up with the fast pace of knowledge evolution.  Just as people tend to be attracted to “current” publications, I feel writing now, 6 years before I retire, while I am still somehow active in practice and can still monitor changes in the information mill, will make me get more attention from my intended readers and audience.    I like to assume and hope that the perception of my targeted readers will be that at this time, I, as the author, have accumulated enough experiences and insight to share and that whatever I share will be “current”.  Just as books need to be edited at planned intervals to maintain “currency” and attractiveness, my writings 6 years before my retirement will have a greater chance of being currently relevant and, therefore, more readership.

If my goal is to share experiences and my insights, my writing project can come in two forms.  One form is writing a book.  Another form is writing a journal or log.  I have written books and manuals before.  I find the task taxing and take a long time to complete.  I have experience with web log (blog) and journals or logs published in websites and shared through emails.  Since my writing will be in three fields, not just one; since I will be juggling from one field to another in a short time interval (say daily, biweekly, weekly, once every 2 weeks, or every month being the longest interval); since in writing a book, one has to focus on one field for at least a year or so, which I cannot do at present, as I am still practicing the three fields every day and simultaneously ;  I have decided to start with the writing of journals or logs.  I intend to  disseminate my logs through emails (as this is most active and easiest way of sharing) to my present students, former students, colleagues, and anybody interested in my experiences and insights in the fields of hospital administration, medical education, and general surgery.   Six years, I believe, is a good lead time, long enough for me to write everything (at least 65 advices per field) that I have to write, before I retire at age 65.

Although I have decided to write logs starting November 4, 2007, I will keep open the option to write books.  I may do this before my age 65 if I have time.  I will most likely be compiling or consolidating the logs into a book after my retirement.

In terms of priority for my logs, I will start with hospital administration, then general surgery, and then medical education.

Thus, the first log that I will make will be on hospital administration.

ROJOSON

 

Writing Before Retiring 

Key Point / Advice (November 3, 2007):

If you have to write to share your experience and insights as part of your planned legacy (contribution to the knowledge or learning resources in your field), do it before you retire (say 6 years before you retire).  Chances are whatever you write will be currently useful, therefore, more attractive and have greater readership, the ultimate impact you want for your time and efforts.   

 

 


ROJ@17dec17

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Gracefully surrendering the things of youth – by the Josons

Today, December 10, 2017, my son, Rey Benjamin Joson, had a picture-taking with the young Philippine Windsurfing Team members.  He was previously part of the Team when he was younger.

lance_phil_windsurf_team_anilao_17dec10

IMG_2292In December 4, 2017, I had a picture taking with the graduates of the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Program of the Philippine General Hospital which I started in 1990.  I am already retired from PGH.  I look forward to the take-over of these young Head and Neck Surgeons.

head_neck_onco_graduates_edsa_shang_17dec4

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth! Desiderata

Older people giving way to the younger people! 

Give way to the young! 


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Gracefully surrendering the things of youth – the Josons

Today, December 10, 2017, my son, Rey Benjamin Joson, had a picture-taking with the young Philippine Windsurfing Team members.  He was previously part of the Team when he was younger.

lance_phil_windsurf_team_anilao_17dec10

IMG_2292In December 4, 2017, I had a picture taking with the graduates of the Head and Neck Surgical Oncology Program of the Philippine General Hospital which I started in 1990.  I am already retired from PGH.  I look forward to the take-over of these young Head and Neck Surgeons.

head_neck_onco_graduates_edsa_shang_17dec4

Gracefully surrendering the things of youth! Desiderata

Older people giving way to the younger people! 

Give way to the young! 


ROJ@17dec10

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The Surgical Team

The Surgical Team

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Objectives

Recommended Preparations

 

I. The Surgical Team

II. Responsibilities of Members of the Surgical Team

III. Performance of the Surgical Team

 

Post-test

Answers to Post-test

Recommended Follow-up

About the Author

 

Primary Intended Users:

  • Students of Medicine ( Physicians and Nurses)
  • Surgical Trainees

 

Estimated Study Time: One hour

 

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD

November 1992



Note: I was not able to complete this self-instructional program in 1992.


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The Operating Room Environment

The Operating Room Environment

The Operating Room

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD

 

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Objectives

Recommended Preparations

 

I. The Operating Room Environment

II. Sources of Contamination

III. Basic Operating Room Set-up

IV. Proper Operating Room Decorum

V. Responsibilities of Operating Room Personnel / Aseptic and Antiseptic Techniques

VI. Sterilization of Operating Instruments and Supplies

 

Post-test

Answers to Post-test

Recommended Follow-up

About the Author

 

Primary Intended Users:

  • Students of Medicine ( Physicians and Nurses)
  • Surgical Trainees

 

Estimated Study Time: One hour

 

Reynaldo O. Joson, MD

November 1992



Note: I was not able to complete this self-instructional program in 1992.


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ROJoson’s Notes on Operation

Circa 1991

Operation 

Indicated or not?

Proper performance of an operation (successful)

  • Maintain sterility and cleanliness of operative field
  • No iatrogenic injury
  • Gentle handling of tissues
  • Avoid unnecessary blood loss
  • No unnecessary maneuvers
  • No unnecessary destruction of tissues
  • Not too long
  • No unnecessary expenses charged to patients

Achieve objectives of the operation (cure, others)

No complications

  • live patients
  • no unwanted side events
    • from patient’s point of view
    • from surgeon’s point of view

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Closing Remarks – ROJoson – MDH Cancer Crusaders Club – 17dec3

Merry Christmas to all!

Happy 30th anniversary of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club!

Imagine we have reached 30 years of existence as a cancer support group.  This is a great feat!  We are probably the longest surviving cancer support group in the Philippines!

We must congratulate Dr. Elsie Dancel, Ms. Beth Tumambing, the Secretariat , You the Cancer Crusaders, and of course, the Manila Doctors Hospital which has been supportive of the MDH Cancer Crusaders Club for the past 30 years.

I am happy to see all of you again this year, enjoying the program, enjoying life, and most important of all, staying alive and kicking despite the odds, despite the presence of the cancer challenge.

Congratulations again to all of you, Cancer Crusaders.

There is a sharing that I will give this year.

Heavenly Father,

I consider the illness that I got is your trial for me. 

I wholeheartedly accept this because I trust in your plan for me.

Nevertheless, I still pray please help me in overcoming this illness and trial with a cure as much as possible and without much suffering.

Help me to have faith that you will never leave my side. 

Whatever be the outcome of my illness and trial, I will thank you and say, “thy will be done.”  Amen.

This was  a prayer which I formulated in 2014.  This was a prayer that tried to answer the question they kept on asking me why they got the illness (answer in the prayer: trial from the Heavenly Father as no physician can give answers on absolute and exact causes).  The prayer also tried to promote acceptance of the illness and outcomes of whatever treatment (as no physician like me can guarantee cure – there is a saying, “cure sometimes, relief often, and comfort always”).  Most important of all, the prayer provides COMFORT through trust and faith in the Heavenly Father and full acceptance of His plan.

Aside from the prayer, I like to repeat what I told you last year.

First, trust in God. Trust in your God.  Entrust to Him your life.  Surrender your life to Him. Hope for the best but let Him decide what is best for you.  Accept His decision and you will be happy and contented.

Second, enjoy life as best as you can. Do good deeds and do not hurt other people.  We don’t know when the end of life will come.  We don’t know whether the cancer will recur or not.  There is always a possibility.  We don’t know God’s plan for us.  Enjoy the material things in life prudently but most important of all, have a clear conscience and obtain happiness by doing good deeds to other people and do not hurt other people in whatever way.

That’s all.  Again, congratulations and Merry Christmas!

Dr. Rey

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