Protecting Sight #287: How to turn a group of strangers into a team. Posterior polar cataracts & lateral medullary syndrome. A respect for words.

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 – Amy Edmondson: How to turn a group of strangers into a team. “Business school professor Amy Edmondson studies “teaming,” where people come together quickly (and often temporarily) to solve new, urgent or unusual problems. Recalling stories of teamwork on the fly, such as the incredible rescue of 33 miners trapped half a mile underground in Chile in 2010, Edmondson shares the elements needed to turn a group of strangers into a quick-thinking team that can nimbly respond to challenges.” (

Good talk and I enjoyed learning about the concept of “teaming.”

2. Cataract Surgery – Uday Devgan MD – Posterior Polar Cataract: Expert Level with Small Pupil, Floppy Iris, Dense Lens.

One of Dr. Devgan’s early CataractCoach episodes (2018). Filled with pearls as he makes a complicated case look routine.

3. Andrew Lee MD – Lateral Medullary syndrome / Wallenberg syndrome.

Dr. Lee’s 450+ neuro-ophthalmology reviews are around 5 minutes each. Perfect for the busy clinician & trainee. I plan to watch one a day, from oldest to newest.

4. William Zinsser, On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction. Chapters 6 (Words).

“You’ll never make your mark as a writer unless you develop a respect for words and a curiosity about their shades of meaning that is almost obsessive.”

I continue to regret not reading this book 30 years ago.

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