Like it or not, in life you are either moving toward crisis, in crisis or recovering from crisis. So you might as well embrace crisis and learn from it.
Welcome to Crisis University. I am Dr. Matthew DiPaola an orthopedic surgeon who started this blog during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conceived as a way to track the rapidly changing environment which I found myself having to navigate, I thought it would be helpful to offer more: lessons learned from “on-the-ground” experiences both now and in the future. These lessons have helped me. My hope is they may help you as well.
As a surgeon I spend my days practicing risk mitigation strategies on an individual and system level. Decisions I make carry with them life and limb implications on a regular basis. That’s the perspective from which I write.
I have personally found through first hand experience that much of what I read or hear in the general press is outright wrong- or at least incomplete. Maybe you have too.
If so we share a common goal: to filter out the BS and find the lessons that will survivie the harshest of times.
A lot of talking heads and pseudo experts (individuals with no real first-hand knowledge but loads of agendas) fill the airways these days. That’s not what you will find here.
The key trait that defines an expert in my view is that their expertise is tested through action and experience. Experience is a sharp knife. It pares away any hint of nonviable tissue that will not stand the test of time.
I don’t claim to be an expert in everything. But I am an expert in some things and know lots of intelligent people who are experts in others.
In this blog you will read about lessons we have learned over many years and have crystallized in time. These lessons will act as guideposts for prevention of, preparation for and survival through current and future crises.
None of what is encountered on this site should be deemed medical or financial advice. The views expressed by any guest writers do not necessarily reflect the views of Editor nor any of the other guest writers.
Readers should do their own due diligence with regard to any lessons learned on this site. Lessons learned for one person or in one context may not necessarily work for every person or in every context.
One more thing: If you are looking for smooth talking, feel-good drivel , engineered to tell you what you want to hear, then go find some self-help guru. This won’t be your cup of tea and we wouldn’t want to waste your time.
If however, you are looking for lessons learned from real life practitioners whose actions are tested by real world experience then feel free to join us. We welcome you with open arms and hope you learn as much by reading as we do by sharing.