Protecting Sight #119: India’s historic opportunity to industrialize using clean energy. Perfecting cataract surgery, physician work hours & gender pay gaps, and The Swiss Family Robinson.

Welcome to my daily learning journal. My daily goal is to watch one Ted Talk and one cataract surgery. I also plan to read one journal article and read/listen to a book chapter, short story or significant work.

Here’s today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Varun Sivaram: India’s historic opportunity to industrialize using clean energy. “India has a historic opportunity to power its industrialization with clean energy — and its energy choices will make or break the world’s fight against climate change, says clean energy executive, physicist and author Varun Sivaram. Bringing on-the-ground experience as CTO of India’s largest renewable energy company, Sivaram proposes a plan for India to achieve three herculean feats, all at the same time — and reimagine its economy with renewable energy at its heart.” (

Compelling Ted Talk. Worth a watch. Would love to see clean energy scale globally!

Renewable energy offers India a cleaner and more prosperous future than coal ever can. Unless we hasten the transition, air pollution and climate change will continue to ravage the country and endanger the planet. So, let’s get to work. 

Varun Sivaram (Ted Talk)

2. Uday Devgan MD – compilation video: perfecting your surgery. Dr. Devgan writes in part, “This video focuses on perfecting your technique so that you can deliver the best possible outcome to your patients. This means a clear cornea after surgery, but also subtleties such as a truly round capsulorhexis and an incision with great architecture. This video covers the full spectrum and is full of great pearls that can help you improve your outcomes. Your patients will be even happier and you will truly get pleasure from doing such beautiful surgery.” Filled with great pearls.

3. Journal – Physician Work Hours and the Gender Pay Gap — Evidence from Primary Care. Ganguli I., Sheridan B., Gray J., et al. N Engl J Med 2020; 383:1349-1357. Summary states, “In an analysis of more than 24 million primary care office visits in 2017, female physicians generated lower annual revenue, owing to a lower volume of visits than male physicians, yet they spent more time with patients per year, per day, and per visit.”

4. Book Chapter – The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss – Chapter 7-10. (Gutenberg | enotes)

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