Surgical Training: Evidence-Based Learning, Perspective and Curiosity

  • Jeffrey C. Posnick
    Former Director Posnick Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, Chevy Chase, MD

    Professor Emeritus, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Pediatrics Georgetown University, Washington, DC
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  • Leonard B. Kaban
    Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr Kaban: Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114
    W.C. Guralnick Distinguished Professor and Chief Emeritus, Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
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Published:November 03, 2021DOI:
      Abraham Maslow's law of technique over strategy, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail,” has application to the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS).
      • Hoffman E
      The Right To Be Human: A Biography of Abraham Maslow.
      Those who are exclusively technique-driven may lack the strategic knowledge necessary to deliver optimal patient care and the imagination to find innovative solutions when required. A surgeon who is trained from the general to the specific, may be more agile and capable of making connections to guide decision-making when confronted with complex problems and unanticipated clinical situations.
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