Protecting Sight #246: An ode to envy & Frank Norris. Cataract surgery post-PPV, a reverse RAPD, & heart shaped fovea. Networking pearls post-COVID.

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, podcast, or significant work.

Here is today’s list:

1. Ted Talk – Parul Sehgal: An ode to envy. “What is jealousy? What drives it, and why do we secretly love it? No study has ever been able to capture its ‘loneliness, longevity, grim thrill’ — that is, says Parul Sehgal, except for fiction. In an eloquent meditation she scours pages from literature to show how jealousy is not so different from a quest for knowledge.”

Superb Ted Talk. A great regret in life is that I’m not as well-read in literature as I would have liked to be. I always thought that I “didn’t have time” (nor bandwidth) for pleasure reading in-between the pre-med & med school grind. This blog helps me to re-discover great works.

I collect historical documents, and once stumbled upon documents related to author & literary critic Frederic Taber Cooper, a Harvard AB, Columbia LLB, AM & PhD. Cooper corresponded with leading authors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. My journey to prepare the items for donation led me to extraordinary correspondence between creative minds. The highlight of the Frederic Taber Cooper collection is a rare draft fragment from Frank Norris’ acclaimed novel, The Octopus. (blog post). Would love Ms. Sehgal’s views on this manuscript fragment.

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – CataractCoach 1014: Cataract after prior vitrectomy. Great case.

3A. Andrew Lee MD – Reverse RAPD.

3B. Le Rouic J, Szadkowska A. A Heart-Shaped Fovea After Macular Hole RepairJAMA Ophthalmol. 2019;137(2):e185820. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2018.5820

4. TIP335: MASTERMIND Q1 2021 W/ TOBIAS CARLISLE AND HARI RAMACHANDRA. One of my favorite TIP formats, where each guests pitches a stock pick with detailed analysis.

5. What Kind of Networker Are You? “Marissa King, professor at Yale School of Management, has studied the strengths and weaknesses of different types of social networks. She argues that most of us have a natural style of networking: we favor tight social circles, or brokering across varied groups, or having an expansive list of contacts. But she says we can also tweak the way we build relationships to meet our changing needs. For example, widening our outreach to boost creativity and innovation or focusing on trusted friends and colleagues to increase trust and happiness. King is the author of the book ‘Social Chemistry: Decoding the Patterns of Human Connection.'” Excellent episode.

Join us on Wednesday February 24, 9 pm EST!

6. KOL Knockout™: Cataract Edition — Maximizing the Use of Aberrometry, Femtosecond Lasers, and Advanced IOLs to Improve Postoperative Outcomes in Cataract Surgery. Join us on Wednesday February 24 at 9 pm EST! Delighted to be a panelist with cutting edge colleagues. Registration (FREE CME!)

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