Probably my first recollection of a teaching moment related to the concept we now call the Surgical Home occurred during my residency. The event took place in my CA-2 year and it centered on a neurosurgical case.

On Wednesday mornings back then at the University of Texas Medical Branch, residents (and occasionally faculty) gathered for two educational conferences. The first meeting was the Case Presentation conference. The second session was the Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference, a review of undesired or unexpected outcomes related to anesthesia.

The Case Presentation session was almost always run by our chairman, James F. Arens, M.D. On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Arens would look over the Wednesday surgery schedule. For educational reasons (or sometimes retribution for some resident behavior or act – at least that is what we residents thought), Dr. Arens would pick out...

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